Many great Seiko watches were released during the 1999 to 2001 period. In Japan, The Marinemaster, Grand Seiko handwind, the Year 2000 Historical Collection and many others were released.
What about the Far East? What watches were being offered at that time? Let’s take a look at the year 2000 Seiko catalog to find out.
Let me start by showing the front and back cover of the catalog.
There is a small print on the bottom right of the back cover that says “09/00 Printed in Japan”. I believe this is the second catalog for that year (volume 2). It contains watches from volume 1 that were still in production and new models to be introduced in the later part of the year. The catalog is printed using recycled paper.
Bottom right corner of back cover
Bottom left corner of back cover
From what I understand, this catalog was issued to Seiko distributors at country level. It was printed in limited quantities and each catalog has a unique serial number. Each country distributor was given a few copies and it was definitely not meant to be given to the retailers.
Watches shown in this catalog were not necessarily released in year 2000. Some could be from 1999 or even earlier. Since this is not a Japanese market catalog, you will not see Japan domestic models like the Grand Seiko’s or the Marinemaster. It does however have some interesting models that are pretty high end (at that time).
Now let’s take a look at the better known models that are found on the catalog. Some models were available in different colour variants but I am not showing all of them to avoid turning this post into a modem burner.
These handwind Spring Drive models were available in 2000. I know the SMK001J and SMK003J were launched in 1999. Not sure about the SMK004J though.
1000m SAT Diver
The SQ dial 1000m professional diver (aka golden tuna) is another high end watch that was on the catalog at that time. It is powered by the 7C43 quartz movement.
This Sportura Kinetic chronograph is an expensive model I saw on the catalog. The watch has an odd design. Some like it while some don’t. It is powered by the 9T82 movement.
This watch uses the same movement as the Sportura model above but was not put under the Sportura model in the catalog. I actually prefer this design to the one above but unfortunately, it is quite pricey.
Kinetic Auto Relay
Here are a pair of 5J22 powered Kinetic Auto Relay models that were popular back then. The Kinetic Auto Relay watch has the “hibernate and wake up” function and is able to preserve accurate time while it is in hibernation mode.
These Arctura Kinetic comes in many different dial colours. Men’s version were powered by 5M42 and ladies version were powered by 3M22.
I remember the market was flooded with them at that time. Of all the watches posted in this blog entry, I believe these Arctura Kinetic’s are most likely to have NOS pieces sitting in some obscure watch shops.
Kinetic Sports Divers
These sports divers are popular among collectors. I have owned a few of these and found the 6Mxx movement to have pretty good power reserve. However, it takes a long time to have it fully charged.
Here are the 200m models. They are powered by the 5M63 movement.
Here are the 100m models powered by the 5M62 movement.
Perpetual Calendar Diver
This watch is probably one of the first Seiko divers that uses plastic parts. I suspect this model had a very short production run or only limited pieces were brought in to Singapore because I don’t remember seeing it in the retail shops as often as the other Perpetual Calendar models.
Despite its limited supply, parts are still available at the service centre after ten years.
Besides the Perpetual Monster above, this Seiko Pipin was also a prominent diver that was powered by the 8F35 movement.
Perpetual Calendar GMT
Most people in this part of the world have yet to hear of the Grand Seiko in 2000 and these Perpetual Calendars were the most accurate quartz we knew of at that time. Retailers often emphasize on their accuracy when they showed these Perpetual Calendar watches to their customers.
Here’s a pair of stainless steel and Titanium models. The stainless model was used in the marketing campaign at that time.
Here comes the Monsters. They were released in year 2000 in black and orange dial colours only. Back then no one expected it to end up with so many dial and case colour variants.
The SKX171K was introduced during that period of time. Unlike the Monsters, it was not as popular and was once rumoured to be discontinued.
Quartz divers are always part of Seiko’s product offerings. These two were offered by Seiko in 2000. I believe there is “SQ” dial variant of the black one on left.
There are a wide variety of 7T32 quartz chronographs on the catalog and I believe these are the most sellable ones.
This military style chrono with “SQ100” on its dial was also quite popular and worth a mention.
Young Air Pro
There is always a line of watches targeted at young people in most Seiko catalogs that I have seen. In year 2000, these funky digital watches were supposed to do the job. They came under the “Young Air Pro” series. No sure if they did a good job though.
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Note: Pictures are not to scale.