Sep 29, 2015

1980 Vintage Seiko 5 7009-8580 "Radioactive"

Seiko 5 7009-8580 "Radioactive"
Circa 1980

Large cushion case, a void of a black dial, large fearless green markers - what's there not to like about this watch?

It's like out of a the depth of nuclear waste, when the world is dark and lifeless, the first sound you hear is the beating of this 7009, risen from society's fallen, echoing across the barren wastelands. 

The green hits you, hard. Then the rest of the watch falls into place.

You noticed that if the watch was given silver markers it would no less be a handsome offering, but a rude twist of fate in the maker's office gave it green digits, and it's somehow worked out well, even in spite of the lack of lumibrite on the markers.

Remnants of the silver construct stand unfazed by the obscene intrusion, offering a welcome contrast between casual and classy - sword hands and day/date window, and the outlines of each hour marker.

And all this, encased in a stainless steel skeleton, perhaps the best kind to brave the harsh realities of desk diving.

1980 Vintage Seiko 5 7009-8580 "Radioactive"
Hour, minute and seconds hands with day/date display
Eng / Spn day display
Matte black dial
35mm stainless steel case
40mm lug-to-lug
19mm lug width 
7019 automatic movement @ 21,600vph with quickset push for day change
Acrylic crystal
Seiko stainless steel bracelet