Fairly new to this Seiko madness. Bought my very 1st Seiko last February 2010 (Black Monster). As with most Seikoholics, I immediately got hooked!
And after reading lots of threads in the different fora, I knew I wanted the very elusive SKX401 -- apart from it being rare, it was right within the budget but it would be something most collectors would drool over despite having more expensive pieces in their stable!
While searching high and low for the 401, I ended up getting a NOS 7002-700A in one of my trips outside of Manila. Was fairly new then to this Seiko Madness and wasn't quite sure what model it was. I had to do more research first before I was able to pull the trigger -- lots of consults from Poseidon Jim and of course, reading up on references (imagine having print outs of reference materials while at the AD ).
The 7002 was nice, at the very least it was a still part of Seiko history, somewhat a transition from the old divers to the divers we have today -- they did experiment using plastics in the movement, partly due to costs I guess, but also because they wanted to reduce wear and tear on the parts (I don't know if I read about the last bit I just wrote and really can't remember from what article or reference material I got that from, but I must have read it somewhere... ). Sadly, it still didn't satisfy my lust for the 401.
I am not a really big fan of ebay and seldom log on. But one faithful night, I just did a random search for "SKX401" and KABOOM! Miraculously, there was 1 from the Philippines in immaculate condition!!! In the end, I was able to get it! Wasn't really sure it was a 401 when it arrived since I didn't have a black dialed diver at that time to compare the dial to. I had to go all the way to an AD and put it side by side a 399 to confirm it was a 401! And VIOLA! CONFIRMED!
the grail at last! Ordered a Super Oyster II from Wjean and I was a happy boy.
Happy ending right? Nope. At least not yet...
Something kept bugging me. Not really about the 401, but more on the 7002 that I got. Somehow, I had to justify its existence. It was definitely not a beater anymore --- it's already a 17 year old watch and most likely, seals are well past their useful life (I may be wrong). Lume, as with all 7002s, are shitty at best. The only way to justify it is to get a 6309-729A! It would then fit right back in the collection as part of a trio of Pepsies, from each generation of divers
And when an opportunity came to get a 6309 Pepsi, obviously, I could not pass up.
it's not in the best of shape, but I will let the masters work their magic on it
and all 3 Pepsies together...
6309-729A -- slimmed down case -- made between 1982 - 1988
7002-700A -- made between 1988 - 1996
SKX401 -- with 7S movement made from 1996 - until today
1. A few have argued that there existed a 1st gen 6309 Pepsi (cushion case) but no reference material on that one. Maybe Seiko never came out with that Pepsi and some people simply changed the black bezel insert into a Pepsi. So earliest automatic Seiko Diver that came with a Pepsi insert would be the 6309-729A.
2. There is also another 7002 Pepsi that came after the one I have -- 7002-703X: same 7002 movement, date only, but rated up to 200m already (previous 7002s and 6309s were rated only up to 150m). Maybe I will hunt that one down next!
Thanks for looking!