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Far from being just desk-diving bling, the 200m Air Diver was one of the most capable sports watches I’ve owned. I do wish they’d toned down the bracelet to a plain oyster link but unfortunately the Japanese Domestic Market does seem to like those little shiny links. Pop it on it’s OEM rubber strap however and it’s roots become less disguised.
If you enjoy proper divers with gold accents this one was and is difficult to beat. I personally got on better with the standard all steel SBDX001 but there’s no doubt the “Historical” found it’s place in the hearts of collectors and with good reason.
This was the second in the series of the “One Man, One Watch” articles and covers the much loved (especially by me) Damasko DC66 and the OEM bracelet we all waited almost 2 decades for Damasko to finally produce. I shall be adding a third article to this series soon.
This is actually an old article I wrote and published on one of my blogs a few years ago. It’s since been read over 150, 000 times so I thought I’d publish here, too, for those who might be considering a Pelagos.
A couple of days ago, when I migrated the site to the new server and installed the SSL Certification, the hosting company’s automated migration service didn’t work so I was forced to manually migrate the entire site via ftp. Whilst it wasn’t a problem per se, other than it being extremely time consuming, it’s entirely possible that small glitches still remain that I’ve not yet detected. One kind person, attempting to checkout, found a couple of bizarre glitches and notified me straight away and I was able to quickly rectify them and he immediately surfed on to Paypal paradise. If anyone does come across a problem with the site, however small, please report it to me directly and I will get it sorted before you can say: “23-59 is my favourite site ever!” or something like that..
SSL was a step we didn’t really need to make and yet one we felt we had to make. Let me explain: 23-59 doesn’t actually take any payments on site, instead utilising Paypal’s secure transfer and payment system, so once you’ve provided us with the same details most forums would ask for (name, email, address) you’re then transferred over to Paypal to make a secure payment. In practical terms that means 23-59 doesn’t need SSL encryption.
However, we take security very seriously and we take the feelings of our customers very seriously. In recent times Google Chrome and several of the main browsers have chosen to indicate whether a site is running SSL via https:// or not. If it’s not running SSL the browser shows that by displaying a red padlock icon in the URL address bar or sometimes just states that the site is not secure. What it doesn’t indicate is whether a site actually needs to be “secure”, often causing customers to potentially conclude that a site not running an SSL certificate could could be dangerous. Whilst generally that’s simply not the case, 23-59 has chosen to become fully SSL Certified and operate entirely via a secure https:// connection to the server, thus providing complete peace of mind for anyone using the site.
You may also have noticed a few server errors and site outages over the last few days. The reason for this has been a sharp increase in traffic to the site, so much so that the server that once served us well could no longer handle the number of simultaneous connections. We’ve now moved the site to a much newer server that should be able to cope with the kind of traffic and popularity 23-59 is now enjoying. I’d like to thank everyone for their patience during this last week and hope you can now enjoy using a site that is now much faster and completely secure. If you’d like to see the site’s proof of SSL Certification please just click on the “Verified & Secured” banner at the bottom left of every page.
I’ve owned a few watches over the years, well into treble figures if the truth be known.. From a little Timex my parents gave me as a 6 year old to a solid 18k yellow gold Rolex Yachtmaster with a deep blue dial. My tastes in watches have ebbed and flowed dramatically through the decades, I know, but quite how I ended up with a deep affection for a $120 washed up watch that probably lay submerged in the ocean surrounding the Philippines for a good portion of it’s 25 year life is still somewhat of an enigma to me. I hadn’t even planned on buying such a watch, it was like she found me. I needed a watch with a Pepsi bezel to do a series of photographs of some straps for the shop. Half-heartedly I’d perused eBay and the idea of a Seiko diver had kind of titilated me but I couldn’t find anything that hit the spot. I’d owned a few Seiko divers from 6309/6s to MM300s to MM600s and all the way through to a Grand Seiko 200m Air Diver with a Spring Drive movement that didn’t lose or gain a second during an entire year. For some reason the SKX007/9 series just hadn’t ever captured my imagination so even on a slow Saturday night, accompanied by my favourite bottle of red, I’d still never managed to motivate my finger to even so much as hover over the “Buy It Now” button that accompanied an SKX auction. One day, however, I was browsing the ads on SCWF when I spotted a vintage SKX009. It really didn’t look much but there was something about it that made me go back and stare at it several times. Finally I realised what it was that was mesmerising my visual senses.. it was the faded bezel insert. I’d owned a Gilt Rolex 1675 from 1964 which had a similar insert and that watch was stunning whichever way you cut the cards. This SKX was, too and now I knew why so I contacted the seller and a few minutes later I owned it.
When it finally showed up on my doorstep I regarded it with mild interest, a little like a cow chewing it’s cud. The insert was indeed quite stunning but the rest of the watch left a lot to be desired. The case was shabby at best, the crown a rather worn, the movement couldn’t hold a charge long enough to get it through the night and the crystal was well.. an old crystal.. and it had no strap or bracelet! The dial, however, was an incredible deep blue with near perfect creamy indices, the perfect contrast and that insert!! I knew this watch could be something special so I went to work. I ordered in all the required OEM parts plus a 4mm domed sapphire with a subtle blue undercoating. Off it all went to my good friend John at TigerUK, one of the few gents I’d trust with one of my watches and within a couple of days he’d changed all the gaskets (even the bezel gasket was toast), fitted a brand new OEM case, the new sapphire, dropped in a new 7S26c movement and one of our own 23-59 signed OEM crowns. The original case-back was lightly polished and fitted to the new case for authenticity and one of our 23-59 Seikotic oyster bracelets with signed Flip Lock clasp and solid end links was fitted. When the watch arrived back from John I opened it cautiously. I’d spent a lot of money restoring a rather tatty $120 watch and now I’d get to see if my hunch was right.. As I unwrapped the copious layers of bubble wrap a broad smile broke across my face. She was absolutely gorgeous, even more tantalising than I’d ever imagined she would be. Timeless vintage beauty made new. She look aged and classy but for all intents and purposes she was brand spanking new and ready to do exactly what she was made to do.. to dive. I dove straight into my morning’s work, tapping away at my desk as always but every few minutes I couldn’t help but steal a glance at the time; not because I didn’t know what the time was but simply because I could. Yep, that old SKX009J1 found me, seduced me and is now my daily wearer. No other watch gets a look in, in fact she’s the only wearable watch I now own!
Seiko really did get it right with this one. Loved as much today (if not more) than it was in 1976. It’s vintage and stylish and yet still modern and relevant. Thank you, Seiko!
These are seriously nice mesh bracelets, the kind of quality that will see them one day inherited by your grand-children. Custom diamond engraved, you can order these with any text you’d like.. This one is full adjustable via 4 removable link sections, perfect for those who’d rather not take a pair of pliers and a Dremel to their bracelet.
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