Seiko released a new shrouded diver (SBBN019) to commemorate the 45th anniversary of its diver’s watch. Included in the package is a metal card that list out some of their landmark divers with many listed as “world’s first”.
In this post, I shall attempt to put a picture to each of the watches listed. Please let me know if I got any of them wrong.
1965 – The first Japan-made diver’s watch: 150m
The 6217-8000 was the first Japan-made diver. This watch is a hard to come by especially in mint condition.
1968 – The 10-beat high precision self-winding diver’s watch: 300m
This has got to be the 6159-7000. The movement beats at 36,000bph.
Picture by Molle
1975 – The world’s first Titanium diver’s watch: 600m
This is another high-beat diver. 6159-7010.
Picture by Yeoman
1978 – The world’s first diver’s watch loaded with quartz movement: 600, 300m
These shrouded quartz divers are powered by the 7549 movement. The 600m model is 7549-7009 and 300m model is 7549-7010.
Picture by Zoodles
Picture by John W
1986 – The world’s first diver’s watch with outer zirconia ceramic case: 1000m
This shrouded diver is powered by the 7C46 movement. This movement is still in use as of today.
Picture by Jimmy Fu
1990 – The world’s first computerized diver’s watch: 200m
Tokunaga’s Watch Museum list the M-725 and M-726 both as the world’s first computerized diver’s watch and both were released in 1990. Picture below is the M-725.
Picture from GMTplusnine
1992 – The world’s first diver’s watch with Kinetic movement: 200m
This Kinetic ‘Starfish’ diver is listed on Tokunaga’s Watch Museum as the world’s first Kinetic diver. It is loaded with the 5M23 movement.
Picture by Petew, GMTplusnine
1995 – The world’s first diver’s watch with a one-piece bright Titanium case: 200m
According to the book, “A Journey in Time”, the SBCW003 Scubamaster pictured below was the world’s first diver’s watch with a one-piece bright Titanium case. You can see that it even the words “One-Piece Titanium” printed it on the dial.
Picture by Badern
2000 – The world’s first Nitrox multi-level diving computer watch: 100m
2005 – The world’s first Spring Drive diver’s watch: 600m
This Spring Drive diver is a fairly recent watch that made it into the history of Seiko divers.
Picture by Seiya Japan
2010 – Seiko diver’s watch 45th anniversary limited edition: 1000m
The SBBN019 aka “White Dolphin” is the 45th anniversary commemorative watch. It is powered by the 7C46 movement. This watch is limited to 300 pieces.
Picture by Big Time