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This review is based on the Seiko 2A22 series of small divers.
[size=1em]These are very nice small divers which were first believed to be available for the japan domestic market only but I've recently confirmed they were available for the USA market . This confirmation is based on a one owner 2A22 and a USA nos sample watch I purchased with the model number and original price tag still attached. [size=1em] These are very nice small divers. There are several different dial - bezel combination's that I'm aware of: White dial with silver + black bezel, Black dial with silver + black bezel, Black dial with gold + black bezel, Orange dial with gold + black bezel, Dark Blue dial with red + blue Pepsi bezel,and Light Pink dial with blue + silver bezel. If anyone knows of other dial-bezel combination's feel free to chime in.

First up is a 2A22-029B professional 200M diver. It features a screw down crown and a screw down case back. The lugs measure 17mm and it is fitted with a SS Seiko oyster bracelet. The text on the dial reads Seiko Quartz and Professional Divers 200m in blue. The bezel is silver tone and rotates 60 clicks in a CCW direction and has fine external teeth. The hands and raised indices are gold outlined.





The case back text reads 2A22-029B, Z3 Japan A, Stainless Steel, Seiko, Water Resistant. There is a yearly scale to track battery change intervals. Notice the 2 small dimples indicating battery changes in1988 + mid 1990. The serial number dates this watch to Jan 1986



Next up is a 2A22-0039 150m diver. It features a screw down crown and a screw down case back. The lugs measure 17mm and is fitted with a Seiko rubber Z-17 strap. The text on the dial reads Seiko Quartz and Divers 150m in gold. The bezel is gold tone and rotates 60 clicks in both directions and has coarse external teeth. The hands and raised indices are gold outlined. The model number is STC057 and sold for $195.00 in 1983.



The case back reads 2A22-0039, F0 Japan A, Stainless Steel, Seiko, Water Resistant. There is a yearly scale to track battery change intervals. The serial number dates this watch to 1983



There are two different case variations. The main difference can be seen in the crown guard. The professional 200m style uses a larger crown guard and is the same or very similar to 2625 series of small quartz divers. The 150m diver uses a smaller crown guard. The crowns are also slightly different and correspond to the crown guard. Larger crown with the larger crown guard case and smaller crown with smaller crown guard case. The bezel rotation on the 2A22-029B is CCW only while the bezel rotation on the 2A22-0039 is bi-directional.

Side by side comparison
2A22-029B Specs:
*ISO rating is Professional 200m
*Width with crown is 38mm
*Lug to lug is 38mm
*Lug width is 17mm
*Bezel diameter is 33mm
*Case thickness is 10.5mm
*Crown is screw down
*Case back is screw down
*Hardlex crystal
*Movement 2A22 quartz
*Bezel is 60 click single direction CCW with fine external teeth
*Dial is white with raised metallic gold indices
*Date only
*Battery life is 2 to 3 yrs
*SS Oyster bracelet

2A22-0039 Specs:

*ISO rating is 150m
*Width with crown is 35mm
*Lug to lug is 38mm
*Lug width is 17mm*Bezel diameter is 33mm
*Case thickness is 10mm
*Crown is screw down
*Case back is screw down
*Hardlex crystal
*Movement 2A22 quartz
*Bezel is 60 click Bi-directional with coarse external teeth
*Dial is black with raised metallic gold indices
*Date only
*Battery life is 2 to 3 yrs
* Rubber Z-17 strap




Here are some photos of the other dial + bezel combination's that were available. The first photo is of a nos 2A22-0170 orange dial Professional 200m model from Aug of 1987 owned by Poseidon Jim. Thanks Jim for your contribution!




The photo's below came from the archives and were courtesy of Thian Wong. Thank you Thian!

Blue dial with Pepsi bezel model # 2A22-029A



Pink dial with blue+silver bezel


If anyone can provide any additional information about this series of divers please do. I'm interested to know if there are other dial - bezel combination's.
Thanks, Tom
 

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Great to see those models again! I sold most of mine to a Captain Lee of the Singapore Harbor Commission. He was collecting these Boys/Ladies sized divers for his wife! The pepsi version was found in Hong Kong by Noah and bought by me.

What I found interesting was the historical line of the Seiko quartz divers listed as Boys/Ladies models back in the late 70s and 80s. I'm sure they were not considered cheap watches! I asked my wife about who would buy these wonderful expensive models if called 'boys/ladies' size.....and she mentioned that when a child reached middle school at aged 14 or so, it was not uncommon for parents to gift their children with watches, a sign that they were then mature enough to keep time track of their classes! haha! ...like a badge of honor! ;D

From my past research into those midsized to small divers, the line follows the early 70s auto 2205 series, then the 2625 quartz 150m, then the pro series 2A22 series. Concurrently, there were the wonderful midsized 6458 quartz divers too - well documented by Ty Maitland and petew, whose posts started me on the hunt for them.

The 2A22 models then seem to disappear and around the late 80s the larger quartz divers showed up...the 7548, the 7C43s etc.....
 

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Great bit of history on these wonderful small divers Thian! Thanks for your input and photos. At least there are 2 of us out there interested in these little marvels.........lol.
 

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I have two 2625's. I think one of these two was from Thian. He IS the source.

I keep these two for my two daughters, now 7 and 5. I promise them when they reach the age of 10, they can wear them whenever they want, but now, it is only for fun wearing in the house. I bought two very nice Michele style bracelet to go with them, and a couple of sets of gasgets just in case.

Here you go:


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Those are 2 beautiful 2625's! I'm also planning on giving a couple of my 2A22's to my daughters after they are fully restored. I'm waiting until they're both over 30 so they don't get lost..........lol
 

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I have two 2625's. I think one of these two was from Thian. He IS the source.

I keep these two for my two daughters, now 7 and 5. I promise them when they reach the age of 10, they can wear them whenever they want, but now, it is only for fun wearing in the house. I bought two very nice Michele style bracelet to go with them, and a couple of sets of gasgets just in case.

Here you go:


Vincent
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[b]thanks for the memory, Vincent! Your girls are growning fast! Enjoy them each day![/b]
 
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