Relax! If you thought this was a boring SKX you better look twice. This is not your regular automatic SKX even though at a quick look glance it might appear so. No, instead I present to you one of Seiko’s best watches of all time - The Seiko 7548 quartz diver! A true toolwatch. You're welcome.
|#207 - The Seiko 7548-7000. This one was made in January 1984.|
|#212 - Seen to the left next to watch my first. A 7548-7000 from September 1983.|
|#237 - The third one. A 7548-700F from June 1981.|
|Before the insert was bleached.|
|Magnus waiting for the lume to dry before adding another layer. Bottom left: watch #242 - The 6309-7040 that was used to create the hybrid.|
|#245 - A re-lumed and serviced 7548-700B from 1983. Worn on a Bonetto Cinturini 284 rubber. I think it was beautiful!|
|Post dive picture. Just outside the coast of Cap Ferrat, France, July 2015.|
|This watch got to go below the surface for more than just a couple of meters in a swimming pool. Exactly what it was designed for.|
|#260 - Another 7548-7000. My fifth and final 7548. This one was made in December 1984 and was in a superb condition.|
Damn… I just realized that if I chose to follow that rule I should try to find a couple of 7C43’s really quick while I'm allowed before I put an end to that chapter to. Off to work!
UPDATE - August 16th 2016.
This is just too crazy. The day after I wrote the things above (about how I should consider a post about a watch as a closed chapter and not buy that model again) I just happened to run into the finest example of a 7548-7000 that I had ever seen. A pure accident. I wasn't searching for one. It just came to me. What should I have done? Just ignore it? That would have been stupid. Instead I embraced it.
|#312 - The sixth 7548. From February 1982.|
|All original in super condition! Not flawless but not far from it.|
Here's a little update with two new references of the 7548 that I haven't had before. The first ones out are two 7548-7010's; the transitional model before it was replaced with the 7C43. The 7010-version was constructed like the 7C43 with the screw down crystal and therefore has the 200m rating but it still has the 7548-movement. I managed to own these two watches at the same time and both were manufactured in 1984. I found the first one for sale at SCWF and a watch friend managed to source the second one for me from an online auction in Japan and it turned out to be in an amazing condition. The really cool thing about this particular reference is that Brian May from Queen wore the same watch for many years and it can be seen in several pictures of him. That cool fact made me love this version even more. I actually intended to keep the second one but I was approached by someone who really wanted it and I eventually decided to part with it.
|#319 - My first 7548-7010, a so called "transitional". Sold it because the second one I got was much better.|
|Manufactured in September 1984.|
|#320 - My second 7548-7010. Fantastic condition! From October 1984.|
|In the bait box.|
|Navigating through shallow treacherous water and taking pictures of the watch at the same time can be a little risky!|
The latest 7548 I've had was the 700C which is the orange dialed JDM version. I was lucky this time again a found an incredible well preserved specimen with a flawless dial. To my great horror this one disappeared for a really long while in the mail. Its last scan was when it took off from Copenhagen and it should have arrived in Stockholm the next day if everything had been right. I tracked it every day for several weeks but nothing. I had actually given up hope of ever receiving it but then one day it had showed up at the post office. I rushed down to my local delivery point, handed them the tracking ID, and was asked to show them my ID. "But sir, your name isn't Indiana Whiting" the cashier said "We can't hand out this parcel for you". I was of course confused but told him to just go and get the package so that we at least could take a look at it together. "Sorry sir, I'm afraid I can't do that". At last I managed to convince him to go and look at it without me to see if he could find my name anywhere and when he eventually returned with it he was laughing. It turned out the parcel had been sent from Whiting, Indiana, in the United States, and somewhere along the way a faulty registration had taken place where Mr. Indiana Whiting had become the new receiver. My name and address could clearly be seen on the package and I was allowed to leave with it. This one was really cool but short lived in my possession and quickly flipped.
|#333 - The 7548-700C.|
|Taken just seconds after I received it. I always keep a few spare DAL1BP rubbers. They always come in handy!|