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Seiko SilverWave 697990 ExplainedToday's article is usually a lesson in watch esoterica: perhaps not for Seiko addicts, however i hope to bring some focus to what I think can be a significant piece of send out history. Recently, we featured an article about Seiko's first professional dive watch, the 62MAS. While I got clear until this could be the undisputable initially firsts, the question of lineage always exists. Be simple real, was there a progenitor to the 62MAS? Let's jump in and pay attention to, but we can't "dive" too deeply as you will soon see.When i wasn't alive, it doesn't take much reading or social awareness to appreciate that this mid 1960's were a time of tremendous transition. It seemed to be a period of transition out of the feel happy, somewhat old-fashioned 1950's in a newer, but realistic (some could even say pessimistic) period. Literature, music, art, and technology (space race, anyone?) were all undergoing similar patterns of metamorphoses. I'll draw your attention to two specific phenomena through the period. First, California and it is surfing culture went mainstream the ones became highly interested in things water or ocean related. Heck, the shore Boys carved out an everlasting legacy due to the trend. Second, and having a page from California's (there's that state again) hotrod culture, Detroit was for the cusp of ushering at a auto industry's most crucial movements: the muscles car era.About the cars, and I'll somehow tie this back in replica watches in no time (!!), a few of the earliest, and arguably the most famous, examples were Ford's 1964 Mustang and Pontiac's GTO. Both of these cars were really not even more than sedan or coupe chassis with bigger engines plus some modifications to improve capability. For a number of reasons, they can weren't "purpose built" at this point notably since they were fast responses with a perceived market desire. In fact, some early muscle cars were so sedate to look at which it really took a keen eye to differentiate them off their meek everyday counterparts. And today back in replica watches…About Two or three in years past, I had discovered the vintage Seiko diver models through one forum posting as well as other and thought we would get more information. I began reading and reading, writing down the mixers would ultimately are the target of eBay and forum sale board searches. The most common suspects, such as the 6217, 6215 and 6105 series have separated itself, one site showed an extremely archaic, yet attractive, diver. The thing looked a bit fragile, as an innocent early 1960's dress watch but with an oversized tacked-on crown and a slim internal rotating bezel. One might say that it looked like a custom special. So, tying this time for muscle car, this watch looked like many having its wolf in sheep's clothing disguise. Perhaps, it absolutely was a relatively quick response by Seiko to deal with a new market. The watch My business is speaking about is the Seiko SilverWave.Seiko Silverwave reference 697990The original SilverWave was introduced as being the J12082 in 1961. Produced until 1964, this piece was a bit more serious compared to piece that I'll discuss in depth because it had 50M water proofing along with a screw-down case back. The piece that I own followed the initial in 1964 and it was produced until roughly 1966. It had been less cost model introduced since the 697990 Sportsmatic SilverWave and is able to 30M water resistance and has now a press-fit case back. Up to now, you're thinking, really, we're dealing with a watch with 30M water resistance being a diver? Remember, only at that juncture, besides the "hardcore" diver choices with the likes of Rolex, Blancpain, Omega and some others including Zodiac, there really wouldn't exist too many "amateur" models. watch bands Ok, most likely the watch is a bit more of any "snorkeler" nonetheless it does no less than contain lots of the traits, albeit some superficially, that would ultimately set the table for Seiko's later divers. Plus, that it was likely equipped to handle the standard rigors of swimming and surfing.First, rather than noticeable through the front view, the SilverWave, as introduced in 1961, was the primary Seiko to include the "tsunami" motif involved back. The 697990 continues the trend and this is still seen today involved back on most of Seiko's dive replica watches. It's actually a great little feature that immediately lends the watch credibility when being viewed by a Seiko collector. Second, it has a big crown that's not unlike those of most super-compressor cases through the era also it bears a resemblance on the crowns seen for the Tunas still to return. The crown on the SilverWave implies that Seiko is thinking about divers and the fact that most will be wearing gloves. How come this disorder? Well, the SilverWave has a internal, rotating timing bezel which is operated via turning the oversized crown. Incidentally, the interior rotating bezel was a hallmark of several Seiko chronographs, for example the 6139 Pogue, as well as future line of 70M Sport Divers in the late 1960's from the 1970's. The SilverWave also has luminous hands and pips nearby the hour markers, together with a lume pip at the beginning of the rotating bezel. Here again, these features were made to aid divers in low light conditions and would obviously follow in Seiko's future dive replica watches.For me, though, the SilverWave simply looks great and that is a good enough to possess it. At the end of 2013, I had been trolling the seas of eBay and discovered the 697990 pictured here, which was created in December of 1964. I finished up winning a spirited auction and eagerly awaited the arrival of my purchase. Upon opening the package, I used to be in excess of amazed. The auction pictures were serviceable at the best, to did not complete the crown justice. Furthermore, that it was challenging to tell through the pictures that this case fit the wrist as being a modern watch. Provide a large amount of credit with a of Seiko's best lugs, which obtain the right balance between litheness and strength. Also, despite a case diameter of only 35.5mm, the SilverWave has a very narrow outer bezel and gains its visual mass form from the crystal using its black inner bezel.Talking about the crown, watches the action is silky smooth when rotating the bezel. There isn't much play (more vertical on pull off than lateral), however do see that when moving one's wrist and coming into connection with the crown throughout the day, it may cause the crown to convert. That alone could make it a fairly questionable tool for timing dives. Oh, and yes it needs to be noted, the crown isn't an screw-down. Regarding aging, the dial within this model has bought a pink, or salmon, color with time, which is a departure by reviewing the original silver color. The lume has added its share of wabi and it is turning gray/green. The plastic inner bezel in addition has changed into a nice, chalky gray versus its original black. The applied hour markers, however, have largely kept their chrome finishing. Honestly, this watch has aged perfectly; it's actually a striking piece.The SilverWave uses a non-hacking, non-hand winding, 17-jewel 6601 movement that lopes along with a sedate 18,000 bph. It isn't a quiet little character either due to rotor noise, which increases its vintage charm, but it is accurate. I don't wear an individual watch for lengthy enough to determine accuracy, though the SilverWave hasn't required an adjustment. Regarding wearing and pairing, Everyone loves the O.Frei strap that we reduce to 19mm since it seems as if a well used Tropic. Frankly, I'd consider going further as direction and buying a NOS piece or throwing it with a nice distressed brown leather. The watch applies more to casual wear, nevertheless its nod to no-nonsense 60's pieces also allows it to stroll comfortably to your workplace.When looking to get a SilverWave tag heuer swiss replica , either this model or its 50M predecessor, a substantial the event of perseverance is necessary. They are presented up infrequently as well as the bidding, no matter what condition , is often fierce. Could not comment on 50M values while i haven't seen one (I'm always looking…and you recognize where you should reach me) nevertheless the pricing is certainly more than the 30M pieces. 30M SilverWaves seem to niche for $400-800 based on condition and amount of fervor. Regarding rarity, I'm sure that water entry helps to cull the herd. Also, preparing the issue is usually that the Japanese publication rack quite partial to these a great number of never entered the planet marketplace. Finally, on the subject of spares such as dials, bezels and crowns, all the best .! Few things are impossible but I'd likely not spend a high income using a basket case should you not have the various or are likely to accept something altered or unfixed. The movements are robust, though, and highly serviceable. Like most Seikos, parts linked to the interior bezel are extremely hard to seek out.I think you'll enjoyed learning just a little about considered one of Seiko's early efforts in creating a water-resistant watch with sporting intentions. It's a welcome addition to a diver collection or even for anybody that loves Seiko. Plus, I've found it very interesting to check this watch towards the 62MAS in the recent article and the fact that only 4 months separate their production dates. Yes, the moods and needs in the 1960's certainly brought on great transition and massive advancements. An increasing number of people chose to explore the deep for the first time plus the changes this drove in the watch industry were highly significant. Can we ever start to see the likes of such a change again?