1981 Seiko 6309-7049 150m Sport Diver “Turtle”

1981 Seiko 6309-7049 150m Sport Diver “Turtle”


As important as any watch can be too the efficacy of a brand, the 6309-7040/9 is a perfect delivery of intention. It's as rugged and hard wearing as it is aesthetically satisfying. Even as the first "Turtles" released in 1976 turned 41 this year, one thing is certain... they don't get old. This example from April of ‘81 is no exception. Completely original aside from a replacement crystal and NOS Seiko replacement hands, it's an opportunity to add an icon to your roster. As most collectors prefer, it carries the signature Suwa logo just above the 6 o'clock marker on the matte black dial signifying that it was completely assembled at the Suwa factory in Japan. In the same year this watch was manufactured, case production was moved to Hong Kong, making this one of the last “Suwa” models to roll off the line. The luminous material is bright white with only the faintest beginnings of a developing patina, and the unpolished case, though showing signs of regular wear, still bears the original factory finishes. The bezel insert is exceptional considering its age, and the bezel rotates in either direction with a satisfying “click.” The crown and case back screw down tightly, and the 6309 they protect is a workhorse movement ready to provide many more years of service. An early Seiko Z22 vented rubber strap provides a very close resemblance to the original fit and finish for one of our favorite Seiko tool watches.


Genuine Seiko Z22 22mm Black Vented Rubber Strap


Serviced 1/21/18

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