1985 Seiko H558-5000 Analog/Digital 150m Diver “Arnie” (Inner Box)

1985 Seiko H558-5000 Analog/Digital 150m Diver “Arnie” (Inner Box)


Needing little in the way of an introduction, Seiko’s H558-5000, or “Arnie” as it’s more commonly referred to, is one of the few pieces that have me throw my “no quartz” rule right out of the shop window. Introduced in 1982, it was the first ever diver to have an analog and digital display with a chronograph and an alarm. It is a beast of a watch at nearly 46mm including the shroud, and so it seems fitting that it would eventually become synonymous with it’s biggest fan, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnie, with a fairly well documented collection of great watches already, rode out most of the 80’s with his favorite Seiko strapped to his wrist. It even saw significant screen time in the movies “Predator” and “Commando.” Considered by collectors to be a fringe member of the “Tuna” family of Seiko divers, an honest, fully working example can be a bit hard to come by these days as they were often worn hard by those for whom it was designed. The shroud is plastic and can become brittle with age, and moisture intrusion or a dead battery left sitting can destroy the movement. But, for those willing to be patient, a good example is certainly worth waiting for. This example from June of ‘85 is just that. The dial is perfect in matte black with only the lightest even patina through the hour markers. It’s framed by an equally clean depth meter and minute chapter, and the hour and minute hands have retained their bright polished finish. The reverse “lollipop” seconds hand is free of chipping or paint loss, and the luminous pip is intact. The digital display is crisp, and all functions are operating correctly, including the alarm, hourly chime, and the incandescent backlight. The bezel rotates with a firm click in either direction, and the insert shows only moderate wear. The shroud is the original and is free of chips or breaks, and it’s secured to the case with the original screws and collars. The crown and case back screw down tightly, and the case is crisp and unpolished. The original strap was damaged, so we’ve replaced it with the best substitute available. Uncle Seiko’s GL831 reproduction strap is supple and comfortable, and the closest thing to the original as you’ll find. It came to us in the original inner box, so we are including it with the purchase of this piece. As setting this watch is somewhat involved, we’ve added a link too the instruction manual below. All of the electronic components were carefully disassembled and cleaned and the analog portion was cleaned and serviced. A new battery was installed as well. A fantastic example of an historic Seiko diver, it’s sure to become a centerpiece in any collection.. 

Setting Instructions: https://www.manualslib.com/manual/620725/Seiko-H558.html

Uncle Seiko GL831 Straight Vent Reproduction with Brushed Hardware

Serviced 5/8/19

Diameter- 46mm

Lugs- 22mm

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