Are all incredible Seiko 6217-8000/8001 “62MAS” watches the equivalent? Is it simply an alternate size of the crown or are there different subtleties that you should focus on when looking at the main expert jumper’s watch from Seiko?
If you at any point pondered about the 8000/8001 distinction, it’s anything but a nation assignment or dial form code. The initial four digits address the development and the other four represent the case number. The Seiko 6217-8000 with a little crown was delivered in April 1965 and went on for just two months. Fault the little crown that was not the least demanding to hold while wearing gloves. Today is very uncommon, on account of its restricted creation length. Moreover, it is getting increasingly hard to get your hands on a reasonably valued Big Crown 62MAS 6217-8001. The ones with a little crown are considerably more scant. My own inclination puts the chances 10:1 for the Big Crown, yet I don’t have the authority information to back this up.
Peculiar Big Crown 62MAS
Understandably, the set of experiences and development of the 62MAS are not covered so a lot and not with a similar degree of detail as, for instance, the cherished Omega Moonwatch. On the off chance that you search for data, you may come to the resolution that other than the case backs, each 62MAS has a similar dial, bezel, gem, and hands. All things considered, as it typically goes with vintage watches, in the event that you burrow further, there is continually something to find. I recollect how bewildered I was the point at which I previously caught a 62MAS with a caramel to sandy yellow lume patina more average for Omega, and not for a “always green” Seiko. What was behind this irregular shade of lume?
Big Crown 62MAS from Suwa or Daini?
The Seiko 62MAS was initially made in Suwa and watches coming from this office built up the notable “dirty green” or “Wabi” patina so run of the mill for vintage Seiko. To help creation abilities and fulfill the need, Daini Seikosha (another production line, not an individual) began to fabricate the 62MAS too.
“The first exceptional thing about the Daini 62MAS is the Lumi Brite they used. Being of an unexpected composition in comparison to the one utilized by Suwa, the two of them matured in an unexpected way. Suwa’s lume would turn greenish, though Daini’s lume would turn smooth or ivory,” clarifies Seiko master Arnaud from Ikigai watches .
Long story short: in the event that you might want a 62MAS with an earthy patina and little crown, simply fail to remember it. You need to pick. The Daini 62MAS watches were delivered uniquely from April to June 1967, and solely with “horseshoe” case backs, DAINI SEIKOSHA etchings on the rotor, and within the case back. All accompanied big crowns.
The case back
Speaking of the case backs, the Small Crown 62MAS just existed with a dolphin case back. As Mike previously pointed in the article on his Small Crown 6217-8000 that he got seemingly a long time prior, the scratching on the early case back was not profound and used to be normally finished following a couple of long periods of typical wear. The Big Crown changed the help creation on case backs and altogether, we perceive three distinctive case back types.
There is significantly more to say with regards to Big Crown 62MAS case backs. I recollect how befuddled I was until I fixed the course of events in my psyche. I didn’t accomplish this intricate work myself and I by and by wonder about the examination the watch community has had the option to assemble. On the off chance that we take it from the end, the last run or the fourth era “horseshoe” case back had no dolphin on it by any means. This sort came from Daini as well as from the Suwa creation facility.
Mind the dolphin
If you purchase the Big Crown 62MAS, other than the later creation “horseshoe” case back you can likewise discover two kinds of dolphin case backs. Give some consideration to the dolphins, as they are not the equivalent. It may save you from a fit of anxiety on the off chance that you compare it to your companion’s 62MAS to discover they’re both different.
The original dolphin comes with a little crown and you’ll remember it by scarcely having the option to detect any dolphin whatsoever. Above are two instances of dolphin case backs that you can discover on the Big Crown 62MAS. The drawing is a lot further on the privilege image.
The significant distinction between the second and third era dolphin case back is the delineation. The dolphin of the third era on the privilege has more limited and more adjusted pectoral flippers and a more limited platform. Plan insightful, I lean toward the second era case back, it’s a smidgen more vintage and doesn’t feel so puerile. Notwithstanding the plan, both are authentic.
Why this fuss?
Five or six years prior you could get a 62MAS for €1,000 in a bartering and you got a fair piece given the spending plan. In the event that you follow the valuing pattern today, it’s getting a lot more extreme. We have seen European sellers posting the 62MAS for €5,000. Really upsetting (or empowering, in the event that you as of now have one) is the way that the watches vanish before bulletin refreshes from sellers get an opportunity to arrive at most of their clients. A “Wabi” dial (one that has an outrageous and not continually engaging patina) is not, at this point seen as an issue. In the event that I am going to pay 5k for a vintage jumper, it pays off to do the schoolwork. Recollect the notorious closeout with a lot of Seiko watches pimped with reseller’s exchange parts?
Getting a Seiko 62MAS in Japan
To raise the warmth I would additionally add that it’s getting harder to get a 62MAS even in Japan. It’s not surprising to see pieces with undocumented history and awful pictures sold above €3,500. The new Seiko SLA017 re-version didn’t help in cutting the costs down either…
When I got my Big Crown 62MAS, I thought it was fitted with the first lash. That was until I perused another astonishing article from Anthony Kable on his . On the off chance that you are on a journey to get a unique Tropic tie, the image above is the best direction. “As you can see the tail part of the tie has three lines of three openings. These are isolated by a solitary opening, two openings, and another single hole.” As the lash tightens, three openings become two as it were. These ventilation openings are jewel formed. The tie has seven estimating openings and these are all round,” clarifies Anthony Kable. I have to say the tie looks stunning and it is truly difficult to get one. Incredible regard to Anthony Kable, who chose to give his ideal piece to the Seiko Museum.
As Mike previously called attention to in his article from 2017, there are a few contrasts to the bezels as well. In the event that you search through discussions and compare tens and many pictures, you can recognize a few contrasts in supplements and coin edges for bezels utilized on the Small Crown and the Big Crown 62MAS. As these discoveries are not checked and rather theoretical, I am not sure enough in sharing them.
If you are intrigued to find out additional, makes for a stunning perusing. Furthermore, their dial shots are shocking. To show the additional mile they went, James compared the size of applied Seiko logo obsession openings on both the Big Crown and the Small Crown 62MAS. He did likewise with the dial paint work, where the early Small Crown 62MAS come out as the winner.
If you have any supporting realities and discoveries in regards to the Big Crown 62MAS and its set of experiences, kindly don’t hesitate to impart them to us.