If there are iconic watches from Seiko, and there are quite a few, the SLQ007 is definitely one of the biggest icons ever.
This was the watch that got me into watches. The first ever watch that made me feel like “I want this, I need this” more than 20 years ago.
First because of it’s unique look and feel. The case shape, the dashboard like sub dials, so many details all around and a kind of sporty sci-fi feel. Feels so right today as it did 20 years ago.
But it’s not all about the looks. This watch is powered by the Seiko Caliber 9T82. The 9T82 is a highly advanced and complicated version of 1998’s Seiko A.G.S. that incorporates a 12-hour chronograph capable of measuring down to 1/10th of a second. Power reserve, as we mentioned, is about a full month once fully charged through regular daily wear. This is only negatively affected by the excessive use of the chronograph — use it just a couple hours a day and power reserve won’t be affected. If you rely on the chronograph for longer than that, the energy required to drive its hands will deplete the power reserve a bit faster — but, thanks to the extremely high energy efficiency of its components, you won’t ever have to really worry about your Seiko Sportura Kinetic Chronograph stopping. Made in Japan and assembled by hand, the Seiko 9T82 is a neatly finished and highly capable movement that is revealed through a transparent caseback.
These watches were assembled by hand in the same department as all the Grand Seikos.
The SLQ007 comes on a stainless steel case with 42mm with an alternate brushed and polished finish that goes all the way through the bracelet with a hidden clasp.
Wears much smaller than the indicated 42mm would suggest mainly due to case shape and integrated lugs/bracelet design.
Watch only, has a few minor scratches that can easily be polished off and the capacitor was just changed this year.
A unique piece of Seiko history.