Sep 7, 2015

1970s Vintage Seiko 5 7009-6000 "Modern"

Seiko 5 7009-6000 "Modern"
Circa 1970s

Don't we all love a classic? The matte black dial, oar hands and polished makers. Based on the above characteristics, I'm sure you'll chance upon a pretty fair amount of watches.

But once in awhile, you find a wrist piece that bucks the trend, not to levels of absurdity, but in a satisfying way that let's you appreciate the difference in style without wishing the creators hadn't invested so much time in standing out from the crowd.

Modern is the word, and it offers just that - a touch of class on a tried-and-tested design. 

At 12, 6, and 9'O, the hour indices have been replaced with raised pyramids, putting up a little more eye candy in the loupe. At every hour marker is also a rivet, replacing every fifth minute track. 

Even the hour and minute hands have been offered a little change, its oar handles noticeably longer than the typical Seiko 5s'.

Away from the dial, the stainless steel case comes in a two-piece construction, the commonplace straight horn lugs turning into a short, quick cut into the atypical stainless steel bracelet. 

All in, the quirkiness of Modern has accorded it a special place in the store that's not often filled - one that's a step away from obscenity, but not too far as to lose its acceptable place as a dress watch. Truly a compatible watch to be a daily beater.

1970s Vintage Seiko 5 7009-6000 "Modern"
Hour, minute and seconds hands with day/date display
Eng / Rom day display
Matte black dial with gold hour markers
34mm stainless steel case
39mm lug-to-lug
18mm lug width
7009 automatic movement @ 21,600vph with quickset push for day change
Mineral glass crystal
Seiko stainless steel bracelet