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Presenting my newest score (possibly on impulse); a Seiko 7002-7001 diver, the model directly preceding the much loved SKX007.
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I purchased this locally off of FB marketplace (funnily enough was labelled as 'Seiko sports 150') and was mostly attracted by the condition of the watch (and the price was decent IMO). Everything looks genuine/original (a rarity these days for 7002s), and while there are some battle scars, it's not like the watch has been through the ringer. The lume doesn't glow anymore (which is typical of vintage divers, doubly so for the 7002 series), but it's in really nice condition IMO; barely/no evidence of moisture-born patina. You can even see its original green hue to the lume, which often fades to grey over the years.

Movement is running quite well for what I assume is an unserviced movement; around +10s/d, but I'll have to continue monitoring over the next couple of days. The metal date wheel really gives a nice mechanical 'clunk' to the quickset, a sensation that is missing from the 7S26 in my SKX thanks to the plastic date wheel.
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My example aside, I don't see these 7002s very often. The 6309 and 6105 seem to get plenty of love in general in the Seiko community, but not so much the 7002. And it's not like the 7002 had an exceptionally short production run contributing to their rarity (in contrast to the 62MAS and 6159 Hi-Beat divers). So why do you think they're not as common/brought up as much?
 

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They’re not really that rare, they just usually tend to be really battered when you find them. I have 3 or 4 of them, and the smaller sports watch version as well. They get discussed on a couple of the other Japanese watch specific forums pretty frequently


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I love the 7002.

I've been lucky in my hunt because I found my 1st generation 7002-700J and 7002-7009 with their model-designated Y035 bracelets; and the 2nd generation "200m Transitional" 7002-7039 Black and 7002-7039 Pepsi, with their 4233ZG Oyster bracelets, and the blue 7002-7020.





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I love the 7002.

I've been lucky in my hunt because I found my 1st generation 7002-700J and 7002-7009 with their model-designated Y035 bracelets; and the 2nd generation "200m Transitional" 7002-7039 Black and 7002-7039 Pepsi, with their 4233ZG Oyster bracelets, and the blue 7002-7020.





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That’s a heck of a collection! Nice!!


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That’s a heck of a collection! Nice!!


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Thanks. I even have another "rare" blue 7002-7020 which, if I can find it, might let go to thin the 7002 herd.

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They’re not really that rare, they just usually tend to be really battered when you find them. I have 3 or 4 of them, and the smaller sports watch version as well. They get discussed on a couple of the other Japanese watch specific forums pretty frequently


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Yeah they're not rare by any stretch. But still it does surprise me to see less decent 7002 examples on the market than decent 6309 examples, especially considering the 7002 is a younger watch than the 6309, so if anything you'd think it would be the other way around. At least that's the sense that I get when I go browsing the market.
 

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I love the 7002.

I've been lucky in my hunt because I found my 1st generation 7002-700J and 7002-7009 with their model-designated Y035 bracelets; and the 2nd generation "200m Transitional" 7002-7039 Black and 7002-7039 Pepsi, with their 4233ZG Oyster bracelets, and the blue 7002-7020.





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Very nice collection, seen you post some of your examples on the Vintage Seiko thread (y) Don't think I'm ready to head down that bracelet rabbithole, the Uncle Seiko Z199 will be good enough for me I think.
 

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I would inquire about that extra blue 7002-7020 if it wouldn't already be triple redundant in my collection. Sweet watch, though.
Yeah, I'm not quite yet in the triple redundant level.
I'm stopping myself at two.

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Nice watch

I love the 7002. I got one for $25 about 10 years because it did not work and made a clanking sound when shook. Seller listed it for parts. The only issue the watch had was the rotor had unscrewed and was loose. I reattached the rotor and tightened it down and it worked fine and kept great time.

I think the 7002 is bit harder to find in good shape because of the fact that the production run (about 1988 to 1996) was short and folks bought them to be worn. Nobody thought to preserve them. It did not help that the lume went to crap only a few years after it was made (I have a 1998 SKX007 that has good glowing lume still unlike the 1996 7002 that has dead lume) It is like the slimmer cased 1983-1987 Seiko 6309 which was not popular ether (unlike the 1976-1987 cushion cased 6309), nobody wanted them. Now they are all being sold by East Asia sellers that ether put ugly fish bone hands on them or do a quartz swap on them
 
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