SEIKO5 Gold Tone
Caliber 7009 - model 8840 Twenty-one Jewels
Laser-etched "5" symbol on crystal at 6 o'clock mark
I picked up this old stock Seiko5 by chance at a watchshop. Coincidentally I had my loupe with me (now I always carry a loupe when I go watch hunting!) and the loupe revealed the 7009 movement number on the left of 6 o'clock. The full cased steel back with "Japan" on it confirmed her identity and age! Unlike the new gold plated watches commonly found these days, early Seiko watches are plated a dull matt finish with a brushed look and feel. This cuts down the bling effect of the watch, making it an easy choice for a daily beater.
The Seiko5 from this period has the Seiko5 "5" logo etched onto the crystal. It adds a nice touch to the watch, giving it an authentic flavour of the yester-years.
Caliber 7009 - model 3160
with Inner 24-hr bezel on sunburst dial
This is another 7009 but in brushed steel finish. I bought it in another old watchshop. There were two of these 7009 lying in the showcase but passers-by simply ignored these "old-fashioned" Seikos?!? What a waste to be distracted by the new Kinetics! I bought both and sold one to a Singapore collector.
The inner black 24-hr bezel (which cannot be turned) contrasts the watch beautifully with the silver sunburst dial and gold indices and hands. The case shape is also from the retro days! Saturday Night Fever, anyone?
One unique feature of the 7009 is that the day is changed by pushing the crown inwards. Another wonderful movement design by the Seiko engineers!