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Seiko’s First Diver – The Seiko SilverWave J12082

Seiko’s First Diver – The Seiko SilverWave J12082

Today, we investigate the Seiko SilverWave J12082, the absolute first jump watch industrial facility from the observed Japanese brand.

I was as of late on my way back from a long Easter weekend in Bordeaux (where, shockingly, I’ll long recall the world-beating experience of ingesting scavangers and shellfish over drinking wine), when I unearthed a survey of the new Alpine A110 sports vehicle on one of my number one destinations: .  I’m utilized to clever, engaging articles on the site, yet this one genuinely struck me.  First off, the A110, from all that I’ve seen and perused, appears to be a by and large champ and one that comes from left field as most have their eyes on the Germans or Italians with regards to lightweight, tossable cars.  Secondarily, and furthermore strangely (despite the fact that we realize that Renault and Nissan are connected), the audit occurred in Japan around a portion of the lakes close to Mount Fuji.  And this article about a French vehicle in Japan, unusually, gave the motivation to today’s take a gander at the Seiko SilverWave J12082.

Seiko SilverWave J12082

A Simple watch industrial facility = The Best Watch

You see, I’d fight that the Seiko SilverWave J12082 – like a few other early endeavors at jumpers by Japanese brands that I’ve audited – is probably hopefully acceptable with regards to wearing a watch.  Like the previously mentioned A110, (and I’ll dial down from the auto comparisons in no time) it contains minimal that is pointless, it’s light, utilitarian, moderately useful, and there’s a connect to Japan.  To me, that makes it almost perfect.

Another “Light” Early 60’s Japanese Diver

I never entirely realize how effective I am in persuading you that something already unheralded or undiscussed merits a look.  Our perusers are, if nothing else, somewhat flighty and you regularly comment when we wouldn’t dare hoping anymore saying nothing when the point appears to be overflowing for opinion.  So, with regards to mid 60’s Japanese light jumpers, I have no clue on the off chance that you like them almost however much I do, yet I’ll continue to show them as long as I find them.  Before we get into the Seiko SilverWave J12082, however, how about we recap where we’ve been on this peculiar minimal sub-sort venture inside #TBT.

Divers Reviewed Thus Far…

It’s difficult to accept that I covered the Seiko SilverWave ref.697990 more than four years prior here.  In an odd move for Seiko, this watch processing plant was really created after the present Seiko SilverWave J12082 (post 1964) and shows cost-cutting moves, for example, diminished 30M water obstruction and a snap-close case back.  Still, it’s one of my top picks because of its ideal estimating and clean looks.  Then, around a year prior, I got my hands on an uncommon Citizen Auto Dater Uni ref.ADUS31201-T.  This 40M jumper is one strong watch plant and, sit tight for it, could possibly be the most loved Japanese watch manufacturing plant in my whole assortment – which at that point places it in the top level of most-adored pieces overall.  It’s so perfectly definite and feels undeniably more costly than it is.  And at long last, this last piece doesn’t actually qualify as down to earth, however the enormous Weekly Auto Orient King Diver  was investigated with its genuine 42mm case, yet ridiculous 50M of water resistance.  The watch industrial facility contain a great deal of likenesses – beside the senseless water opposition levels &#8211, for example, applied files and crown-impelled interior turning bezels.  Seiko, it appears, was the solitary brand to forego the average Super Compressor way of utilizing twin crowns and selected, all things considered, for a solitary execute to do all the work.  Perhaps that’s because of the way that they utilized developments that can’t be hand wound.

The Seiko SilverWave J12082 – A First

The Seiko SilverWave J12082, unequivocally, is the brand’s first endeavor at a jump watch processing plant and for a brand that is apparently preferred known for its jumpers over some other class of watch plant that makes this reference significant.  Throughout its moderately concise creation run from 1961 to 1964, the first SilverWave was offered with an assortment of dials.  Black dials, white/silver dials, dials with an extraordinary arrangement of sunburst lines (alluded to as Mark 1’s), and textual style changes feature a portion of the progressions that occurred.  Also, as portrayed in the present article, Seiko offered diverse shading inner bezels.  Regarding different facades and the developments, Seiko left these things reliable for the 4 years.

The Debut of the Tsunami Case Back

While the Seiko SilverWave J12082 was the principal plunge planned piece with a pivoting bezel, the watch production line shared in any event one trademark with another model in the Seikomatic lineup.  Specifically, I discovered instances of the SilverWave’s 2-piece screw-down case back on a prior limited however energetic model called the Cronos.  (You can see models here inside this .)  Where the SilverWave varies from the more sullen Cronos, however, is in its presentation of the now-renowned Tsunami motif.  Yes, this sign of Seiko jumpers has been around for almost 60 years!  Unlike current Prospex models with this image cast in alleviation, it appears to be that Seiko decided to utilize something similar to the silver wax found on scratch-off lottery tickets.  It’s incredibly sensitive and, consequently, generally uncommon to locate an early SilverWave with a minty case back.  You can see that one of mine is fit as a fiddle and that the reference number can be perused along its edge.  according to common in the mid 60’s with Seiko, no chronic number is found outwardly case back of the watch plant – they’re within and I’ve not dismantled this one very yet.

I’ll concur that surveying the Seiko SilverWave J12082 in the wake of investigating its replacement, is a piece in reverse, yet it took me some genuine effort to follow one of these – and afterward they came in multiples.  Still, it merits experiencing the details.  Similar to the later model, the 50M version contains a major furrowed crown intended to be utilized in either dangerous (wet) conditions or potentially with gloves.  It stands out pleasantly from the smooth all-pure case that comes in at 37mm and gives the watch plant a smidgen more visual heave than, say, a typical three-hand Seiko of the time.  (Of note, maybe it was somewhat harder to turn that bezel when the watch industrial facility was new, yet you’d be reckless for utilizing this for in excess of an egg clock now.  The crown pivots effectively and, accordingly, turns the bi-directional bezel.)  You’ll likewise discover applied silver markers with lumed square shapes at within edge of each.  Lume was certainly not something common for Seiko at that point, so when we see it on the three-sided hands and at the top marker of the interior bezel, it’s a certain sign that you’re seeing a watch processing plant with energetic intentions.  Another attractive quality of all early SilverWaves is the utilization of some beautiful content on the dial.  I’m generally not an admirer of such a lot of composing, but rather it’s pleasantly done here with a genuine combination of styles and even a scramble of blue tone to mean the water resistance.

The Cal.603 Became the 62xx

Inside the Seiko SilverWave J12082, we discover the Seikosha Seikomatic cal. 603 automatic.  It’s nothing super extravagant with its 20 gems and 18,000 bph recurrence, yet it was subsequently renamed as the 6201 and it’s the premise of all 62xx developments we know and love from watch plant, for example, the 62MAS and mid 6215 300 meter diver.  Like with most Seiko’s it can’t be hand twisted, yet as is additionally the situation with most developments from this period, one just needs to get them to get them moving.  That’s really amazing, however it makes keeping the watch manufacturing plant at a photogenic 10:10 very troublesome – a first world issue indeed.

37mm – And Perfect

The Seiko SilverWave J12082 comes in at 37mm in distance across and generally 44mm long, so it’s a very comfortable wear.  Whether on a lash or on the beautiful unique impeccable arm band with spring stacked fasten (for what reason don’t companies make these today?), it’s a decent look – and penetrated carries make changes simple.  It looks somewhat more modest than its likewise estimated 30M replacement because of various factors.  I measure the drag width at 18mm versus the later model’s 19mm, however it’s more than that.  A tall acrylic gem with calculated sides and a level top acquire the size of the dial.  Plus, the interior pivoting bezel inclines descending strongly towards the dial and this makes things look smaller.  Finally, the actual hauls are guilefully etched – there’s presumably that this watch plant was a more costly piece to fabricate than the later form – and fairly thin.  There are no negatives here, simply expressive contrasts that amount to a more costly glancing watch production line in the 50M variation than what might come later with the 30M.

Clean Pieces are Hard to Find

Hunting an early piece like the Seiko SilverWave J12082 can be challenging.  I saw scarcely any available to be purchased in the course of the last 5-6 years, however then a couple sprung up and I was sufficiently lucky to win them.  The piece on the wristband showed up with no guarantees and was obviously a one-proprietor watch industrial facility from Japan, while the other accompanied a broke gem and declined to run.  A third piece is as yet in the spa, so we should perceive what that looks like when finished.  You’ll take note of that every one of these has some dial staining and that is not uncommon.  The seals for these watch plant – particularly at the crown – crumbled after some time and it’s not difficult to envision that day by day moves all through cool indoor spaces to the hot and moist let in some moisture.  Plus, let’s face it, they weren’t excessively water impervious to start with.  So, in case you’re out for an ideal piece, they’re out there yet you’ll require heaps of patience.  There are different things to watch manufacturing plant out for on these watch plant, for example, the case back condition.  Also, unique precious stones come up, yet rarely.  One of these pieces has a unique and the other has a post-retail substitute that does a nice job.  Also, if an inside turning bezel does not pivot anymore, it’s probably shot. On the positive front, the developments are exceptionally useful as there are a lot of givers in presence on less attractive watches.

Final Thoughts

With valuing in the $500 – 1000 territory (and crawling upwards consistently), the Seiko SilverWave J12082 addresses a significant achievement in Seiko history as the primary jumper like watch.  More than that, however, it’s so exceptionally wearable as an ordinary watch industrial facility and represents a watch plant that could be worn with about anything and, in its day (with a new arrangement of seals), could do about anything.  Perhaps that is the reason I compare it to a basic, lively 4-chamber sports vehicle that feels great to use.  If that comparison doesn’t work for you, at that point simply trust me that this would be one of the really fulfilling, and commonsense, vintage purchases for your collection.

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