1980 Seiko 6309-7049 150m Sport Diver “Turtle” (Suwa)

1980 Seiko 6309-7049 150m Sport Diver “Turtle” (Suwa)


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 December of 1980 is no exception. Completely original aside from a replacement crystal and strap, it's an opportunity to add an icon to your roster. As most collectors prefer, it carries the signature “S” logo just above the 6 o'clock marker on the perfect matte black dial signifying that it was completely assembled at the Suwa factory in Japan. The luminous material shows absolutely no sign of its nearly 40 years of age, and the unpolished case shows only minor wear and still bears the original factory finishes. The bezel insert is exceptional with only minor wear along the upper right corner 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. The replacement strap is an Uncle Seiko exclusive 22mm “Waffle” reproduction in a rich green with stainless steel hardware that gives our favorite vintage Seiko diver an unforgettable finish. 

Uncle Seiko 22mm Forest Green “Waffle” Reproduction (uncleseiko.com)

Serviced 6/25/18

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