One of the most baffling watches in my assortment. I generally discover some new information about this model as I research it, attempting to assemble all the pieces. However the full story stays hazy. Subsequently, this article will be somewhat unique in relation to my different surveys on vintage pieces.
Even subsequent to dedicating dramatically more opportunity to uncovering data on this Seiko 7016 there is still a ton I’m absent. Thus, I chose to distribute the continuous aftereffects of my discoveries. I trust there are some different gatherers that may reveal more insight into this fascinating model. Don’t hesitate to address or add any data you have on it.
Seiko 7016 Flyback Chronograph
Seiko 7016A in time perspective
Let’s tune in on the verifiable setting first. Seiko presented first automatics with 6139 type in May 1969 ( click here for our Seiko 6139 versus Zenith El Primero article ). Next type 6138 was introduced a year after in 1970 with a 12-hour counter on top of a 30 passed minutes counter. It was just two years after the fact, in 1972, that Seiko showed the world the 7016A type, considered by watchmakers as perhaps the most actually fascinating types from Seiko.
Clear realities about Seiko 7016A
The 7016A combines watchmaking innovation and fine designing from the Daini manufacturing plant. In addition to the fact that it comes with a 12-hour recorder take a gander at the sub-register. It is not entirely obvious and botch it for some straightforward 30-minutes chronograph. Yet, on the off chance that you see sub-dial at the 6 o’clock mark nearer, you will see two concentrically pivoting hands. The brilliant orange one including 30 or 60 passed minutes, the dark one underneath checking hours up to 12. Another detail I especially like is that the sub-register hand doesn’t bounce from one moment to another however moves continually. Another impressive distinction from first Seiko 6138/6139 .
Beware of shading play
If you begin exploring the Seiko 7016-8000 you may get somewhat befuddled when you see the sub-dial minute hand in orange, however yellow as well. At the point when I was chasing down my piece, I saw no other obvious dial distinction aside from this shading blend. Everything became more clear when I purchased the one with the orange hand. It was really at that time that I understood it essentially changes tone in various light conditions. I felt so deceived that I returned and concentrated all the ref pictures I downloaded over the 4 months prior. I would wager genuine cash that each one of those hands were truly yellow. All things considered, presently I accept they were most certainly not. Perhaps the most deceptive, yet profoundly credible optical metamorphoses.
Flyback on 7016 got me hooked
I pushed the Seiko7016-8000 higher up on my shopping list the second I learned that its chrono has a flyback work. It fills in as regular – the top pusher starts and stops the chronograph and the lower pusher resets it. In the event that you reset it ceaselessly the chronograph, the chrono quickly keeps estimating time. Calculating in the past specialities, you as of now get very rich a bundle for such a decent watch. Be that as it may, we don’t stop here. The Seiko 7016-8000 likewise comes with a speedy set date, movable by pulling and turning the crown out to the main position. Changing the date system feels a cycle shivery yet it works reliably.
Other Seiko hacks
If you are as yet not snared, I will feed both of you different subtleties to adore. The crown is tenderly sunk and leveled pleasantly with the watch case. Notwithstanding a date show, theSeiko 7016-8000 additionally has a marker for the day of the week. Change-over framework is bi-lingual and accessible in two variations – English/Japanese or English/Roman numerals. Adulation. To change the day of the week you need to abnormally, however comfortably push the crown down against the case.
Jewels check game
Maybe you saw there is no data on gems directly on the dial. In spite of the fact that it is a first class development with a complex arrangement of highlights, it has the most un-number of stones. 17 gems to be definite, compared to 23 gems in 7018 types. From a development perspective, the compact wheel train merits some consideration. „Rather than upgrade the principle plate to accommodate halfway haggles, Seiko decided to make changes to the actual wheels, ” clarifies regarded watchmaker for vintage pieces Richard Askham from the UK.
„The awkward extra person wheel comprises of two separate wheels on a single pivot, each determined by a different pinion. The upper stuff carries on much the same as a regular unnecessary extra person wheel in that it moves power from the middle wheel to the fourth wheel. The lower gear is utilized just when the chronograph is locked in, moving force from the chronograph community wheel to the moment recording wheel.”
Riddle #1 – Case of Seiko 7016-8000
Well, that was on the unmistakable piece of my Seiko 7016-8000 story. Presently the marginally hazy inquiries come up. We should begin with the case. I discovered 2 unique executions of the case. One with more adjusted edges like mine and a second form with sharp edges. My underlying idea was that the sharp one is the lone unique and mine will be the equivalent, however profoundly cleaned. In any case, seeing an ever increasing number of adjusted cases accessible, many being alluded to as firsts, I began to focus harder on it. As you can see on the point by point model to show comparison, the packaging on my watch at 9 o’clock is a lot more extensive and thicker than on the sharp one that I would consider a 100% known original.
If my Seiko 7016-8000 was only a cleaned illustration of the sharp one, there ought to be less mass obvious on the featured zones, not the other way around. This comparison doesn’t say how vigorously cleaned my Seiko was, however it certainly proposes there may be additional packaging alternatives accessible for this watch type. Because of the low differentiation among cleaned and brushed surfaces, I do accept my model may be delicately polished.
A basic inquiry emerges – hello buddy, did you investigate old inventories? Definitely I did. I can show you how to say Catalog in 20 dialects. Be that as it may, the Seiko 7016-8000 doesn’t appear to be extensively introduced or promoted. I discovered only one screen capture from an old Italian list I am not ready to date, but rather it unmistakably shows the 7016-8000 of every a white rendition with multiplied hands in the sub-dial.
A brief investigate the 1976 and 1977 index may assist with the watch case issue as well. There are two case variants of the ref 7018 accessible, one case close to the next. This leads me to expect that comparative case alternatives may be accessible for the 7016-8000 as well. With clear addendum that the sharp-edged case is more hard to come across.
Riddle #2 – Seiko 7016-8000/8001
90% of the relative multitude of models I saw conveyed a 7016-8001 etching looking into the issue back. A couple of models, mine including, have 7016-8000 on it. Affirmed by numerous Seiko authorities, we accept there were no distinctions in those models. 8000 or 8001 numbering would simply allude to the geographic zone the watch was sold in. I actually haven’t effectively figured out what locale it addresses though.
Riddle #3 – Seiko 7016-8000 bracelet
I will save all the thoughts here. There are two genuine contender for arm band fit, both accepted to be unique and most likely changed dependent on the objective market. Strong connection Stelux is available on two pieces we think about unique models. The wristband type with Z022 end interfaces as seen on my watch can be viewed as 100% unique to the watch too as it is plainly obvious on the screen capture from the old Italian Seikocatalogue.
Wearing Seiko fly back 7016
With an unassuming 38 mm measurement, this 21.600vph Seiko wears minuscule however is comfy and offers a substantial element weapons store. No compromise is vital with regards to the control. Morning arrangement is quick, including no extra ringing, for example, a toothpick to get it set. One snappy slap for the effectively skimming rotor is sufficient to awaken the programmed heart. Squeezing the top chrono pusher is unquestionably another experience. The equivalent with springing feeling when the crown sinks under your finger into the – 1 position and back when setting the weekday.
I think about the purple/blue dial with red tones (notice additionally red tip on focal chrono hand) more beguiling than the more common and better readable white/dim rendition. On the off chance that you like the development however aren’t certain about the plan, you can take care of the single-hued 7016-7000 with a tachymeter scale or the square 7016-5010/5020 versions.
Why isn’t the Seiko7016-8000/8001 more pursued? I don’t have a clue, I wouldn’t fret. Uplifting news is you don’t have to offer your kidney to get your hands on this captivating shrouded diamond. In any case, what makes me wonder is the reason a particularly progressed piece hasn’t been examined all the more distinctively. I do concede that the plan doesn’t punch authorities in the face and may be effectively tradable with ten other Seiko models. Be that as it may, as far as I might be concerned, it shouts – full pack highlight set concealing specialities, for example, the flyback, stacked registers and a day/date framework set up with extraordinary designing virtuosity. Just for two or three hundred euros? For hell’s sake, yeah!