1978 Seiko Professional Diver 600m (Ref. 7549-7009) "Golden Tuna"
Seiko famously invented the Quartz movement and subsequently started the "Quartz Crisis" of the 1970s, which caused many Swiss watch companies of the era to go out of business or pivot their production to battery-based movements. During this watchmaking frenzy, Seiko produced some exceptional quartz movement watches within the company's Professional Diver series. The "Golden Tuna" or the ref. 7549-7009 was Seiko's second iteration of the "Tuna" 600m saturation diving watch, but the first with a Quartz movement. The large 49mm titanium nitrate plated case is gold and black in coloration, hence the nickname, and has a dial design that is very recognizably Seiko from the 1970s. Though the robust case doesn't feature a helium escape valve, the depths the watch could reach were an achievement of Seikos incredible engineering. Notably the "Golden Tuna" ref. 7549-7009 was worn by James Bond, portrayed by Roger Moore in the 1981 Bond film "For Your Eyes Only".
Seiko watches are loved by collectors at both the entry-level and by the most decerning collector with a cult-like following. There is a specific sense of satisfaction that comes from wearing a Seiko, that you are a part of a long lineage of excellent watchmaking and extreme attention to detail.
|Style||Professional Diver 600m|
|Material||Stainless Steel "Titanium-Plated"|
|Bracelet||Seiko Rubber Strap|
The unpolished case is exceptionally well preserved showing minimal signs of previous use. The original crystal displays no damage. The original bi-directional ratcheting bezel is in excellent condition with very minimal signs of use. The case retains its original screw-down titanium-plated crown. The case back retains all of its factory markings in perfect condition. The Seiko rubber strap was sourced on the watch and is in unworn condition.
The matte black dial is in flawless original condition, showing no damage or age. The lume plots all remain fully intact and display no degradation when inspected under U.V. light inspection. The original hands match the dial and display no degradation when inspected under U.V. light.
None. The watch is running and keeping time perfectly.