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I remember seeing 6309s at the PX for 130$ at the PX in 1986. And still some in 1989 but at 150$.
By 1990 I did not see any. But the 7002s were showing up, for sure by 1991 and were $150.

I don’t know what timelines others say in their countries, other states or OCONUS PXs, civilian stores, etc.

I also saw both black and Pepsi 7548s, I think at $180 and $210 over this time range.

I do not recall ever seeing the slim cased 6309s.
 

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Yes, I saw many times, and purchased Once, and was with other people about a few times when they bought 6309-7049s.

But I never saw a 6309-7290 for sale at the PX or a US jewelry store.
I also saw 7548 quartz divers at The same time.
Later starting around 1990 I saw 7002 divers.

But never the slim 6309s. I was wondering if that was true for others as well.
 

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I got my 6309 in 1982 at the Navy Exchange. My oldest brother had a Pepsi 7548. Pretty sure the price of a 7548 was way out of my range because I was 16 at the time so I never looked at them. I'm also pretty sure that if a lower priced Seiko that looked like the 7548 was on display, I would have looked at it.

It was 15 years before I had money and access to the Exchange again thanks to joining the Navy. The SKX173 caught my eye immediately and I bought one to replace my "old" 6309. I skipped over the 7002 era by being in school, having no money and/or not being able to use the Exchange for a few years.
 

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Yes. I know many a person with a cushion cased 6309-704x series from the PX or 7002 from the PX.

More specifically, as I never saw a slim cased 6309-729x series for sale in America, I am asking if anyone else did.

The Pepsi Bezel on jubilee in the picture is a 6309-729x series. It has a case very similar to the 7548 quartz diver left of it, the 7002 to the right of it, and the SKX173 on the far right.



While the same movement and overlapping era,
the case is very different from the classic, cushioned case 6306/6309 the SRP turtles are based on.



My suspicion is the slim cased 6309-729x series were not intended for release in the USA. And without internet sales, eBay, etc. in that era, were not really available in America like all the more recent SKX, etc. divers were.

My theory may be wrong, so I am seeking further information. They may have been, but the window availability from no classic 6309s to introduction of the 7002 would have been very small.
 

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What I should have said was I never saw the slim case 6309 at the Navy Exchage. All I knew about watches at that time was I had an automatic Seiko, my brother had a quartz Seiko that was slimmer. I really liked the design of his watch. That's about it. I was 16 at the time and had a smoking hot blond girlfriend so that took up most of my brain power. OK, all of my brain power.

I was not actively seeking a diving watch in the time frame of the 6309-729x. I never noticed them but I wasn't looking for them.

I do have several 6309-729x watches now, and the 6309 i got in 1982. Now I am curious. I'm going to look for catalogs from those years and see if and where the slim 6309 shows up. It could have been the result of left over cases from the 7548 and left over 6309 movements. The 7548 movemnt seemed to be taken out by battery leaks. Not much hurt the 6309 movement. Excess 7548 cases but no movement meet 6309 movement with no case. Not sure when production ended on the 7548 but 1985 seems to be the end of the road.
 

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"Excess 7548 cases but no movement meet 6309 movement with no case"
Merge the 2 for a hybrid- they are interchangable
 
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