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  • [SOLD]: Vintage SEIKO “FIELDMASTER” SBBC047 ( Fieldmaster Alpinist )




    The original 1961 SEIKO Laurel Alpinist was designed to serve as a rugged and dependable outdoors watch for the Yamaotoko, which translates into English as “mountain man”. The Yamaotoko is the type who spends his leisure time climbing the mountains of Japan. A visual image of the Yamaotoko is a man sitting down, drinking refreshing green tea from a stainless steel thermos, and eating ano-bento that his wife prepared. But what about the man who ventures into the rugged mountains and wilderness, not out of leisure, but as a profession?

    By the early-1980s, SEIKO had already brought its latest movement technology—quartz—into the realm of both Professional and mainstream dive watches. The Japanese Manufacture saw how the superior shock-resistance of specifically-designed quartz movements would be ideal for equipping timekeepers for serious adventurers, explorers, mountaineers, and sportsman. These watches would be as tough as divers, but engineered to conquer the land. The Fieldmaster was born.



    Images from SEIKO Catalog (JDM) 1985 featuring early Fieldmaster


    SEIKO advertised many essential features of these "King of the Land" watches, including water resistance of 10 ATM or more, shock resistance from a 3 ft. drop, anti-magnetic to 16,000 A/m, and a rugged durable case with safe rounded edges, emergency signal codes, and compass. In 1994, a new sub-model powered by SEIKO Quartz Cal 7N35 was added. This Fieldmaster featured a loop at the 9 o’clock position, allowing the the watch to be worn on a lanyard, as a compass. It could also be attached to a belt or backpack using a carabiner.





    Images from SEIKO Catalog (JDM) 1995


    The Fieldmaster SBBC047 was referred to as the Fieldmaster Alpinist, referencing SEIKO’s longest production line of watches first introduced in 1961. The “U”-shaped horse shoe symbol on its case back denotes anti-magnetic. The SBBC047 was manufactured for only one year, from 1994-1995, and today, is extremely rare to find in any condition.


    SPECIFICATIONS
    MOVEMENT: SEIKO Quartz Cal 7N35
    CASE: Stainless steel (diameter: 48 mm (including protrusions), lug-to-lug: 45 mm, lug-width: 18 mm), bi-directional rotating compass bezel, screw-in case back, screw-down crown
    DIAL: Black with luminous indice and hands
    CRYSTAL: Hardlex, flat profile
    WATER RESISTANCE: 200 m (per specs only, not pressure-tested)
    STRAPS: Replacement genuine leather in black with contrasting stitch, stainless steel buckle (brand new, never worn)
    MANUFACTURED: In Japan, March 1994















    All original apart from the inevitable replacement straps, the condition of this 25-year-old vintage rates overall TKNZ “EXCELLENT” (89%), The bezel turns bi-directional, as it should. The original Hardlex glass is in mint condition with no blemishes. I have fitted the SEIKO with a new, unworn quality leather straps. The accompanying photos form a part of my description—please study them well.

    A new battery cell, the correct SR920SW for this caliber, has just been installed three weeks ago, on 12th January, so should last until 2022. Case back gasket has also been inspected, and in good working condition. The Fieldmaster and I are in Bangkok, Thailand, and plenty of references are available both on this forum and on TradeMe ( dontia ). Payment is to my New Zealand bank account, and the asking price includes delivery to NZ by Registered Airmail, with Track & Tracetransit time is approximately 8 business days.













    For this particular piece, there will be no additional import tax/duty/GST to pay. To inquire, please use the forum’s Personal Message facility only. Thank you for looking.

    Now reduced to only
    260.-
    Last edited by Don; 05-02-19, 15:25.
    A watch journey that also serves the betterment of others is one worth taking.

  • #2
    In 1994, this Seiko Fieldmaster Alpinist was sold with a nylon and canvas cloth strap, similar to Nato and with "Ground to Air Emergency Signal Code" stitched onto the cloth portion. Here's a closer zoom-in of the image from 1994 Seiko Catalog (JDM)...







    Due to the nature of canvas cloth and this watch being 25 years old, you'll hardly come across a specimen with its original strap, at least not in any usable condition anyway. Just in case the new owner would like to wear this cool piece the way it was originally intended, I will include an additional Nato strap (18mm) in black, new and unworn, like this...







    Price is now reduced to just
    260.-, shipped to your door.
    Last edited by Don; 05-02-19, 21:10.
    A watch journey that also serves the betterment of others is one worth taking.

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    • #3
      Love it!!

      Originally posted by Don View Post
      This Fieldmaster featured a loop at the 9 o’clock position, allowing the the watch to be worn on a lanyard, as a compass. It could also be attached to a belt or backpack using a carabiner.
      Harlan
      Timekeeper Watch Club
      Auckland, New Zealand, Pacific Ocean, Earth

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      • Don
        Don commented
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        Thank you, Harlan ...When this Fieldmaster was new, it was priced just below the Diver Professional range, which started at 33,500 Yen for the Professional 200m SSBT038 (Cal. 7C43). I believe these early Seiko Fieldmasters was what prompted Citizen to counter in the late-1990s with the their iconic “Promaster Super Tough” watches. This Seiko is also an early ancestor of the current Prospex Fieldmaster Solar SBEP001, aka Digi-Tuna, still quartz-timekeeping, still the same 200m WR. IMO though, any '90s Seiko non-diver with “20 Bar” on the dial tend to be much cooler.

    • #4
      SOLD ...Thank you, Timekeeper, for giving the platform to this listing.
      A watch journey that also serves the betterment of others is one worth taking.

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