1995 Seiko 7002-7039 200m Sport Diver

1995 Seiko 7002-7039 200m Sport Diver


As production of the 6309 ended in 1988, Seiko introduced it’s next generation of 150m Sport Divers by way of the 7002. Production of this model ran from 1988, all the way through 1995. In that final year, the evolution from 7002 to SKX becomes a bit clearer as on the dial, a new rating of 200m is present, and the bezel, now a uni-directional style, made use of a silky smooth spring mechanism in place of the old “ball bearing” style.  It is the direct predecessor to the SKX line of today, and is most commonly referred to a the “transitional” 7002. Owning one can feel like the perfect blend of old and new. This example from July of ‘95 is as clean as it gets. The case is unpolished, and shows only minimal wear. It’s original finishes and bevels are still sharp, and the bezel insert has only slight superficial wear. The dial is perfect. It’s matte black with rectangular markers at every hour except the 12. There, two opposing triangles meet at a point just above the silver SEIKO logo. The luminous material, in this case promethium, has developed a silvery green patina that is distinct to these models. The hands are recognizable in design, looking mostly like those of previous models. There is no degradation or discoloration in the luminous, and the original polished finish is free of oxidation or corrosion. A large screw down crown sits at the 4 o’clock position between two protruding crown guards. The case back bears the signature “Tsunami” logo at center, and it’s free of any tool marks. It’s completely original aside from a replacement mineral crystal, and a stunning example of the last of Seiko’s fourth generation divers. The 7002 is a date only calibre, and post service, this one is keeping near perfect time. With so many examples fitted with modified and aftermarket parts, opportunities to own an untouched example in this condition are becoming increasingly rare. We’ve paired it with a soft gray Haveston canvas for a comfortable and versatile finish. 

Haveston Canvas Corp. Forcastle Gray Canvas with Stainless Steel Hardware (haveston.com)

Serviced 5/7/19

Diameter- 42.2mm

Lugs- 22mm

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