1983 Seiko Quartz Diver 150m (Ref. 7548-7000)
Quartz timepieces are no stranger to controversy amongst watch collectors. Whether the quartz crisis is the reason for one enthusiasts favorite brand of the 70s to go bankrupt or is another collectors pride and joy, there’s one thing we cannot deny, Seiko made one hell of a quartz movement. First introduced by Seiko in 1969, Seiko and other quartz watch manufacturers soon took over the industry for the next 30 years, known as the “Quartz Crisis”. Due to these movements being inexpensive to produce and having unrivaled accuracy, quartz watches were seen as the evolution of watches, and in some cases they were. Though Quartz watches were on the rise, Seiko continued to create some of their most collectable tool watches today, including the 6139 chronograph watches, and numerous beloved dive watches such as the 62MAS and ref. 6105 “Captain Willard” respectively.
The 7548-7000 Seiko Quartz Diver harmoniously blends both Seiko’s sport watch design language with their famous quartz movements to make one of the most reliable and rugged timepieces that was available at the time. With a case and dial that resembles a more modest version of the Seiko 6309 diver’s on the same era, featuring the bold markers, broad arrow minutes hands, and of course the offset screw-down crown at the 4 o’clock position. The 7548-7000 does anything but disappoint and this one in particular is in well worn and appreciated condition, and though we don’t know the stories this watch retains, we know it’s ready to do it all over again in its next chapter, on a new collectors wrist.
The wonderful case has been lightly polished in the past and retains thick dimensions and light signs of use. The original bezel remains almost untouched, showing no fade or major signs of use, and retains its luminous pearl at the 12 o'clock position. The case retains its original screw-down crown. The case back retains all of its factory marking in deep and cleat condition, there is some tool marks present. The watch will come supplies on a NATO strap.
The original matte black dial is in good vintage condition and shows some appropriate signs of age with hand drag visible around the center portion of the dial. The lume plots all remain fully intact, with no degradation visible under U.V. light inspection and have taken on a lovely eggshell patina. The original luminous hands match the dial nicely and show no degradation when inspected under U.V. light.
None. The watches battery was recently changed and is keeping time perfectly, previous service history is unknown.