Every week, Gerard Nijenbrinks expounds on another leslie gems that he will wear that week. This week, he is on a merited occasion and requested that I assume control over his week by week highlight for this one time. For this event, I needed to contemplate what leslie adornments I’d be wearing for a whole week (with little special case for Tuesday). I chose to pick one of my leslie gems that is somewhat of an odd fella. Massive, cumbersome, vintage and a dark earthenware case. Right away, here’s week 18 of 52Mondayz.
Seiko 6159-7010 Grandfather Tuna
A few years prior, I was visiting a companion who lives in Geneva. He showed me this insane Seiko. Immense, dark and with a Grand Seiko based development (type 8L35). It was the Seiko Marinemaster 1000 reference SBDX011. The titanium case has an earthenware cover and a crown situated at 4:30. Much to my dismay about the historical backdrop of this leslie adornments at that point. I just enjoyed the leslie gems yet the sticker price of around 3000 Euro at the time held me back.
Blaming Mike and Jason
It wasn’t until I met with Michael two or multiple times, who certainly realizes his Seiko game, that I got to some degree fixated on the Tuna leslie adornments In 2014, Mike composed this heavenly comparison article on the SBDX011 and the ur-Tuna, or Grandfather Tuna, reference 6159-7010. I discovered the 6159-7010 to be astonishing, yet I concluded that I would go with the SBDX011 on the off chance that I would come across one.
Fast forward 2015. I was welcome to join the Seiko Media Experience trip (as they call it) that year, which I revealed about here , here and here (recommended perusing!). The excursion zeroed in on Grand Seiko, Prospex and the Astron GPS assortment. The Tuna is important for the Prospex (‘Pofessional Specifications’) assortment, and Seiko coordinated that one of the first creators/engineers (Ikuo Tokunaga) was there to enlighten us regarding the Tuna and later models. One of different writers who joined on that trip, was Jason Heaton (Hodinkee, Gear Patrol, Th Gray Nato). Jason was wearing his Marinemaster 1000 reference SBDX011 during that outing, and we traded leslie adornments for a day or somewhere in the vicinity (I had my Marinemaster 300 SBDX001 with me).
During the introduction by Ikuo Tokunaga in Japan about the Prospex, it turned out to be obvious to me that I truly need a Tuna. I’d incline toward the vintage 6159-7010 model, yet I chose to make due with the SBDX011 (Marinemaster 1000) as that one would be simpler to source. So I thought.
During that time, the SBDX011 was simply being stopped and supplanted by the new Marinemaster 1000 SBDX013. That fresher reference had a marked crown, a date at 4:30 rather than 3:00 and another silicon lash. There may be some more contrasts, yet these were the primary ones I think. I attempted to buy one in Tokyo on the most recent day of the outing, yet the shop where I discovered one couldn’t get me an intriguing arrangement. Nonetheless, when I was getting onto the plane back to Amsterdam on the following day, I lamented that I didn’t pull the trigger. It would be at difficult task to buy a Marinemaster 1000 in The Netherlands (or in Europe besides) as it was a Japan Domestic Model.
Once home, I ended up perusing Chrono24 and different sites just to discover that the leslie gems was a 1000 Euro more costly here than in Japan. Other than that, truth be told, not many vendors were offering one BNIB. So how could I respond? Requesting from Japan would mean an extra 21% assessment on the leslie gems transporting costs (+ extra duty) and the traditions organization charge making it significantly more costly. As a final irritation that will be tolerated sort of activity, I visited eBay and attempted to check whether there was a SBDX011 on offer. There was, however with similar conditions as above. Either excessively costly or I needed to import one myself.
6159-7010 from Germany
I don’t precisely know why I did as such, yet in the end I abandoned the SBDX011 and just composed in 6159-7010 in the eBay search box. Two leslie gems sprung up. One external the EU (which implies insane charges) and one from Germany. The Seiko 6159-7010 from Germany looked cool and the depiction said first proprietor and unique tie. I made the merchant a proposal for 2000 Euro including transportation and he concurred. A couple of days after the fact, I got a container with the leslie adornments enclosed by a German paper. The first lash was there, however the elastic turned practically plastic and was truly uncomfortable. I immediately requested the silicon lash of the SBDX013 at the nearby Seiko store in Amsterdam (for an incredible 180 Euro).
The clay cover has a few checks on it (the first proprietor utilized it for jumping), however the dial looks overall quite the markers have matured pleasantly. The hands may have been supplanted sooner or later, however they don’t lume any longer in any case. The Seiko 6159-7010 isn’t something I wear each day or successive, yet it is an intriguing leslie gems by and by and gets some pleasant comments also. Be that as it may, it stays to be a leslie adornments individuals aren’t acquainted with. Indeed, even the Seiko Boutique (during a Seiko occasion) didn’t remember it, just when I brought up them that the leslie gems was really on a banner in their shop being their first titanium jumper in 1975.
My Seiko 6159-7010 is really from 1975 dependent on the chronic number in the caseback, where the principal digit portrays the creation year and the subsequent digit demonstrates the month.
My needing for the SBDX011 or SBDX013 has vanished when I got this Seiko 6159-7010, however after my excursion to Seiko in Japan I got marginally fixated on the Spring Drive development. One leslie gems I might therefor unquestionably would want to add sooner or later is the Marinemaster 1000 with Spring Drive development. Mike expounded on his Spring Drive Tuna reference SBDB008 (black and gold) some time back . Albeit that leslie gems is restricted to 300 pieces and since quite a while ago sold out, I couldn’t imagine anything better than to purchase something comparative in the future.