An August 1997 Seiko Kinetic Diver 200M ref. SKJ004, original bracelet, two-tone gold-plated and steel. Features the Seiko Kinetic 5M43 movement. New battery. No depth testing. Measures 40 mm in diameter. Watch is in good overall condition minus some regular wear from use - gold-plating is off on the crown and also some areas of the bracelet. We offer a flat rate for shipping on every order and 30-day free returns. We also offer a 2-month mechanical warranty for every purchase. All prices are in CAD.
Seiko Kinetic History
Seiko first unveiled its Kinetic watches under the name 'AGM' in 1986 at Baselworld. They were first released in 1988 under the new name 'AGS' below adopting the name 'Kinetic' in the early 1990s. The first movement used in the AGS was a Seiko Kinetic Cal. 7M22. While Seiko claims the development of Kinetic quartz goes back to the early 1970s, today the selection of Kinetic watches is very diverse.
Seiko Diver History
Seiko's first dive watch was the 62MAS or 6217-8000, launched in 1965. This was a 150-meter dive watch. It had an external bi-directional dive bezel and featured the Cal. 6217. It was produced until 1968 and was replaced by the Seiko 6215-7000 diver in 1967, which used the 6215 Seiko movement - similar to the 62GS. The vintage Seiko 6215 diver was a hi-beat movement paired with a 300m dive watch. Truly unique in its disposition. The first Seiko Tuna came in 1975, with a water-resistance of 600 meters, followed by a quartz version in 1978. The Seiko 'Turtle' was also a product of the 1970s, with the first 6306-7000/1 first being released in 1976. Throughout the 1980s Seiko produced a number of quartz, digital, and even ana-digi watches - like the Seiko 'Arnie' but even a computerized dive watch in 1990.
Seiko was founded as a watch store in 1881 by Kintaro Hattori in Tokyo. By the 1890s it was producing both clocks and pocket watches as Seikosha. And in 1913 Seiko produced Japan's first wristwatch, the Seiko Laurel. Seiko had beat out several other Japanese companies, including other Tokyo clock companies like Tokyo Clock Co. and Japan Pocket Watch Manufacturing Co. By the mid-20th century Seiko produced some of its most important wristwatches that set the stage for its future. In the early 1950s Seiko produced the Seiko Super which then became the Marvel. And in 1960 Seiko released the first Grand Seiko. This marked the beginning of not only the Grand Seiko but also the King Seiko and Lord Matic lines to follow.
Then, in 1969, Seiko released the Astron, the watch that would upend the Swiss watchmaking industry. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Seiko continues to produce extraordinary quartz watches, along with many legendary vintage Seiko dive watches. In modern times Seiko continues to innovate, especially through its Grand Seiko brand.