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Looking at the overrated thread on here made me think.... So which Seiko watch is underrated?

I'll start it off with the 6309-729x.
OK, so they have the (not so desirable?) slim case. But they are not as plentiful as the 6309-704x, and are not easy to find in good original condition.

I like them. They are often overlooked by collectors, but that suits me, I have been able to buy some very nice examples for reasonable money.

And I haven't even mentioned the 7002's......
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Looking at the overrated thread on here made me think.... So which Seiko watch is underrated?

I'll start it off with the 6309-729x.
OK, so they have the (not so desirable?) slim case. But they are not as plentiful as the 6309-704x, and are not easy to find in good original condition.

I like them. They are often overlooked by collectors, but that suits me, I have been able to buy some very nice examples for reasonable money.

And I haven't even mentioned the 7002's......
Agreed on the 7002, I prefer the transitional divers version though
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Agreed on the 7002, I prefer the transitional divers version though
Ah yes, the 7002-7020 and 7002-7039 200m watches. Good ones don't often turn up, and when they do I buy them. They have some catching up to do!
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What about the Seiko bullet?

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I think many of the early Seiko's (60s/70s) are underrated including most of the 4006s great movement and watches, 6309-704Xs are imo really cheap for what they are, the 7A28/38s great watches again imo and I often wish I had collected Sportsmatics some lovely models that sell for next to nothing.
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I think many of the early Seiko's (60s/70s) are underrated including most of the 4006s great movement and watches, 6309-704Xs are imo really cheap for what they are, the 7A28/38s great watches again imo and I often wish I had collected Sportsmatics some lovely models that sell for next to nothing.
Bellmatic's are undervalued and underpriced. I have bought some very nice examples for less than 100. I am having a great time accumulating a growing collection of 1960's Sportsmatics and Seikomatics There are so many variants I just love 'em.
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Bellmatic's are undervalued and underpriced. I have bought some very nice examples for less than 100. I am having a great time accumulating a growing collection of 1960's Sportsmatics and Seikomatics There are so many variants I just love 'em.
Yep, I agree. Very underrated. And despite recent price jumps, I still say 6139's (especially the early ones) are underrated compared to their Swiss counterparts. It's a piece of horological history that costs well under a grand. Compared to a similar vintage El Primero or Caliber 11, it's still a huge bargain.
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the new SRPs
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I vote for the Presmatics/Seikomatic-P's. Really distinctive, amazingly accurate and easily regulated, still much cheaper than a KS/GS from the same era, lovely Presmatic-stamped bracelets, etc. I end up buying them almost every time I see them because I bid what I think they should sell for rather than what they do...
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What about the Seiko bullet?



yes i like the bullets
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Seikomatics are fine watches available for a song.

Here is my 30 jewel Seikomatic 8306 9000 from 1966:





It cost me $140.00 just a short while ago.

Personally I prefer it over a GS simply because of it's low cash value, I never hesitate to give it wrist time.
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The quartz divers; 7548 and 7c43's, most of us here love them but are generally under appreciated. I'm guilty of that, ignored them for years.
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Let me agree with 100% of all above, then add a new paradigm: The new SRP77X Series.

These are incredible timepieces given their price point, The rubber strap is a new level of comfort with an insanely nice keeper, and they are regulatable to COSC. Hand winding and hacking automatic 4R36 has really nice feel and action when moving calendar or hands.
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The 7546 movement. We all covet the 7549 and the 7548. But the 7546's have some great lightweight designs and many share the simple yet sophisticated classic sport diver.

This one is a bit worse for ware but a with a new crystal and bezel...
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The SBCM 023 is ideal (at 38mm). It is more costly now but if you can get a good deal and like the size then big yes.


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The 7546 movement. We all covet the 7549 and the 7548. But the 7546's have some great lightweight designs and many share the simple yet sophisticated classic sport diver.

This one is a bit worse for ware but a with a new crystal and bezel...
This is a 7546 (modded) and it's one of my favorites


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This is a 7546 (modded) and it's one of my favorites







That's really nice. What's the mod? Just the bezel insert?
The watch lends itself to all sorts of mods with an abundant availability of dials and hands. You can still pick one up occasionally from the watch collector for $15
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The 7546 movement. We all covet the 7549 and the 7548. But the 7546's have some great lightweight designs and many share the simple yet sophisticated classic sport diver.

This one is a bit worse for ware but a with a new crystal and bezel...

Hi Cam,

My thoughts exactly, have the 7548-700B as my work watch and just grabbed a 7546-606A and 7546-605A from YJ on its way.
Grand cost $40.00 AUD

With new crystals from Jules Borell they should turn out a treat.

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I keep missing the 604a. I've wanted one for a while. Lovely looking I think. That's looking good John. Actually really like the original bezel on them.
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Another vote for the 7546 sport divers, my one here (7546-6040), bought for very little as a non runner and needing a crystal

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I agree with almost all suggestions but I find the 7002 Divers series way underrated, yet they are full of Seiko history, at least at my eyes!
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Seikomatics are fine watches available for a song.

Here is my 30 jewel Seikomatic 8306 9000 from 1966:





It cost me $140.00 just a short while ago.

Personally I prefer it over a GS simply because of it's low cash value, I never hesitate to give it wrist time.
I agree completely. An excellent movement from way back when. Here is my 8305 from 1967.
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I agree completely. An excellent movement from way back when. Here is my 8305 from 1967.
I wish mine had just the date window. Yours looks so much less cluttered.
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I wish mine had just the date window. Yours looks so much less cluttered.
I think I prefer watches with no day or date complication. The advantages of having a clean dial and no hassle rotation of automatics easily outweigh, for me, the loss of information. Especially when you learn a simple mnemonic which allows you to easily know upon which day of the week any date of the year will fall. I'm willing to share.
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Simon, for that you would have to know which Date it is...

I like the "no date" dials as well. If I want to know which date it is, my computer screen will tell me. For the rest of the day, I rarely need that info
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