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
Wow, cool article. Enjoyable read. Thank you.
Glad you enjoyed it, Daron.
wow! i’m falling in love with this watch. Where can i buy it?
You can get it from the usual suspects who sell JDM Seiko’s online.
I would like to know if this model is available in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Jeddah ( 2010 – Seiko diver’s watch 45th anniversary limited edition: 1000m)
Your prompt reply is highly appreciated.
This is a japan domestic model. It is only available in Japan. If you want it, please contact a online Japanese seller (see my link page).
Seiko & Diving watches go hand in hand , i couldnt imagine Diving or water sports activities without my Seiko Divers watch – “Seiko make the best Diving Watches” .