In the present #TBT we investigate the Seiko 7549-7010 Tuna Can. While I’ll never say “never”, this article probably denotes the remainder of our top to bottom articles on vintage models from inside this specific line of particular jumpers from one of our #1 brands. Be that as it may, for some out there, maybe we’ve decided to hold back something special for later. All things considered, as you’ll come to see, the Tuna Can addresses what is likely the most wearable and is surely the most un-expensive of the heredity if vintage is your target.
We momentarily talked about the Seiko 7549-7010 Tuna Can in our Top Vintage Seiko Divers reference article (in the event that you’ve not yet looked at this, they’re for the most part present!), however I felt that a particularly significant model merited its own section inside our #TBT arrangement. All things considered, since its presentation in 1978, Seiko has offered some rendition of this more modest, 300M Professional in its arrangement immediately (the present reference is the ). Programmed Tunas have come and gone as have gold renditions, yet a pure quartz covered jumper with dark bezel and dial like you see here has soldiered on now for 40+ back to back years. Without a doubt, slight changes have happened over the long run, however the way that the overall plan has stayed consistent spells accomplishment to me. How about we attempt to comprehend why.
For such countless individuals, the possibility of a covered Seiko jumper sounds extraordinary, however except if you’re really an expert jumper or have monstrous arms, these watches are moderately unreasonable for day by day wear. They’re large, tall, substantial, and not excessively unpretentious: a Rolex Submariner they are most certainly not. This is the place where the Seiko 7549-7010 Tuna Can enters the scene as the close wonderful arrangement. (I’ll get to that “close awesome” comment in the blink of an eye.) At 47mm in breadth, the Tuna Can – so named because of its exceptional pure cover – undercut watches like the 6159 Grandfather Tuna (50.5mm) and the 7549-7000 “Brilliant Tuna” (49.2mm) by ~2-3mm. That may not sound critical, however on a watch with almost nonexistent drags, it’s serious. Alongside the width distinction, the Tuna Can loses a significant 1mm in tallness to the previously mentioned references. In case you’re untied in my mathematical soup, let me put it in reasonable terms. The very much adored Seiko Turtle (new or old) conveys a length of 48mm, so the Tuna Can really comes in as smaller.
In request to accomplish a cheaper point and, maybe adventitiously, offer a more modest watch, the Seiko 7549-7010 Tuna Can is equipped for 300M of water obstruction versus the 600M of its more costly Tuna relatives. The “close awesome” part comes in light of the fact that Seiko accomplished this by means of a standard case on the watch. Indeed, the Tuna Can has a screw-down crown and highlights a L-formed precious stone gasket, yet it utilizes a customary screw in the event that back in lieu of the monocoque (front-stacking) plan found on high-profundity Tunas. For a few, this single detail bars it from being a genuine individual from the Tuna club. I’m not here to condemn, however all things considered, the Tuna Can feels like a genuine jumper to me.
Most of the familial dial plan characteristics of different Tunas are found on the Seiko 7549-7010 Tuna Can. An intense lumed three-sided file at 12:00, round lume at the hours and bolt molded hands are a portion of the trademarks. Clearly, however, this model is incredibly clear and neat. In comparing it to the Gold Tuna of a similar time, I’d even contend that the Tuna Can looks less fancy in spite of a lighter profundity opposition. As on the Golden Tuna, we get a day/date window at 3:00 and one can see the recognizable “Suwa” image to one side. Strangely, not at all like the heavier check covered jumpers, the 7549-7010 contains a marginally domed Hardlex precious stone though others utilized a thick, level variation. It’s a serious agony with regards to taking pictures, however it adds a pleasant, warm look to the watch.
The Seiko 7549-7010 Tuna Can contains some other slight contrast versus the “greasy Tuna” renditions. For example, the crown style is more similar to what one would discover on a 6309 Turtle. With a basic covered top, it’s more straightforward looking than the strong cut titanium pieces on 600M models. The bi-directional bezel is comparable, yet in addition contains a more 6309-esque lumed triangle at 12:00 and less serifs on the numerals. Once more, the progressions are little, however they’re intriguing to note on the grounds that Seiko, if nothing else, consistently amazes me with the number of one of a kind parts exist among such comparable products.
Inside the Seiko 7549-7010 Tuna Can, we have the 7549-type quartz. We examined this development when we explored the Golden Tuna from a similar period. The makes a decent showing of analyzing such a development and shows us, pictorially, how the development is gotten from the 6309 type. As we’ve said, it’s repairable and known to be a profoundly reliable sprinter. Indeed, it’s quartz, and in the event that you’re not ready for great quartz at this point, I’ve probably lost that fight for great. As far as I might be concerned, it’s a truly fulfilling watch to wear and take a gander at; to such an extent, indeed, that the absence of a simply mechanical heart doesn’t actually diminish the wearing experience. Talking about on the wrist, I for the most part toss the Tuna Can onto a 22mm NATO, yet they look extraordinary on elastic, cross section and (pant!) even leather.
The Seiko 7549-7010 Tuna Can in this appearance or the “remainder of world” adaptation with the “SQ” Seiko Quartz badge on the dial was produced using 1978 until about 1985 preceding being supplanted by a 7C46-fueled variant called the SBBN015. This implies that there are a lot in presence and, fortunately, they were all around fabricated. Obviously, as a bigger watch, many have something reasonable of scratches and dings, yet finding a fair model isn’t excessively troublesome. Evaluating has risen, however is fortunately still very sensible. Genuine models can be found on discussions, eBay, and in Japan for $600-850 and, for the individuals who are incredibly quiet, now and again even less. As usual, get your work done and guarantee all the corrective pieces are there and see if things like the hands have been relumed.
The Seiko 7549-7010 Tuna Can, notwithstanding its utilization of an initial case back, ought to be considered as a genuine classic. With more than forty years of ceaseless creation, it’s plainly a fan top choice because of its straightforward instrument watch looks and receptive measuring. As referenced, it’s likewise the ideal addictive substance into the universe of covered Seiko jumpers – a world that numerous others and I appreciate enormously. Until sometime later…