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Seiko 6159-7010 Grandfather Tuna - 52Mondayz, week #18Each week, Gerard Nijenbrinks covers another watch that they will wear that week. Soon, they are on a well-deserved holiday and asked to take over his weekly feature for this once. With this occasion, I had to think a bit by what watch I'd be wearing for an entire week (with small exception for Tuesday). I decided to pick out one of my replica watches that is a amount of a bizarre fella. Gigantic, clunky, vintage and also a black ceramic case. Without further ado, here's week 18 of 52Mondayz.Seiko 6159-7010 Grandfather TunaA several years ago, I had been traversing to a friend who resides in Geneva. He demonstrated this crazy Seiko. Huge, black together with a great Seiko based movement (caliber 8L35). It had been the Seiko Marinemaster 1000 reference SBDX011. The titanium case features a ceramic shroud as well as a crown found at 4:30. Little did I'm sure about the good this watch at that time. I just now liked the watch, though the sale price of around 3000 Euro during the time held me back.Blaming Mike and JasonIt wasn't until I met with Michael Stockton a few times, who definitely knows his Seiko game rolex ladies , watches that we got somewhat keen about the Tuna replica watches. In 2014, Mike wrote this marvelous comparison article about the SBDX011 and also the ur-Tuna, or Grandfather Tuna, reference 6159-7010. I discovered the 6159-7010 to get amazing, yet I made the decision i always would select the SBDX011 easily belly across one.Go forward 2015. I became invited to participate the Seiko Media Experience trip (since they call it) that year, that we reported about here, here and here (recommended reading!). The trip focused on Grand Seiko, Prospex and the Astron GPS collection. The Tuna belongs to the Prospex ('Pofessional Specifications') collection, and Seiko organized that one in the original designers/developers (Ikuo Tokunaga) was there to inform us regarding the Tuna and later models. One of the other journalists who joined with that trip, was Jason Heaton (Hodinkee, Gear Patrol, Th Grey Nato) gold rolex . Jason was wearing his Marinemaster 1000 reference SBDX011 in that trip, and now we exchanged replica watches for any day or so (I needed my Marinemaster 300 SBDX001 beside me).Through the presentation by Ikuo Tokunaga in Japan with regards to the Prospex, it became clear if you ask me that I absolutely need a Tuna. I'd choose the vintage 6159-7010 model, however i made a decision to accept the SBDX011 (Marinemaster 1000) as any particular one would be easier to source. Therefore i thought.The initial Tuna combined with some Dutch "bitterballen".In that time, the SBDX011 just being discontinued and replaced by the revolutionary Marinemaster 1000 SBDX013. That newer reference had a signed crown, to start a date at 4:30 rather than 3:00 and also a new silicon strap. There could be some other differences, but these were the primary ones I'm sure. I used to purchase one out of Tokyo other family members . on the trip, however the shop where I discovered one was not able to get me an intriguing deal. However, once I became boarding the plane time for Amsterdam for the following day, I regretted i always didn't pull the trigger. It might be at tough job to buy a Marinemaster 1000 from the Netherlands (or perhaps Europe as an example) because it became a Japan Domestic Model.Once home, I stumbled upon myself browsing Chrono24 along with websites simply to learn that this watch was a 1000 Euro more pricey here than in Japan. On top of that, only not many dealers were offering one BNIB. What exactly could I really do? Ordering from Japan will mean an additional 21% tax on the watch, shipping costs (+ additional tax) along with the customs administration fee which makes it much more expensive. As a last straw style of action, I visited eBay and made an effort to see whether there were a SBDX011 on offer. There was clearly, but with the identical conditions as above. Either not affordable or I had to import one myself.6159-7010 from GermanyI don't exactly know why Used to, in the conclusion I quit on the SBDX011 and merely keyed in 6159-7010 in the eBay search box. Two replica watches appeared. One away from EU (which suggests crazy taxes) and another from Germany. The Seiko 6159-7010 from Germany looked cool along with the description said first owner and original strap. I made the vendor a proposal for 2000 Euro including shipping and that he agreed. 2 or 3 days later, I received a box together with the watch wrapped in a German newspaper. The main strap was there, nevertheless the rubber turned almost plastic and was really really irritating. However ordered the silicon strap on the SBDX013 at the local Seiko boutique in Amsterdam (for a whopping 180 Euro).The ceramic shroud has some marks onto it (the original owner tried it for diving), though the dial looks nice and the markers have aged nicely. Hands was replaced sometime, nonetheless they don't lume anymore anyway. The Seiko 6159-7010 will not be something I wear each day or very frequent, yet it is a fascinating watch nevertheless and does get some good nice comments likewise. However, it remains a watch people aren't accustomed to. Perhaps the Seiko Boutique (in a Seiko event) didn't recognize it, only when I pointed them out the watch was on a poster within their shop being their first titanium diver in 1975.My Seiko 6159-7010 is definitely from 1975 depending on the serial number inside the caseback, the spot that the first digit depicts your production year plus the second digit indicates the month.Spring DriveMy craving for the SBDX011 or SBDX013 has disappeared as soon as I received this Seiko 6159-7010, but after my visit to Seiko in Japan I did so get slightly keen about the Spring Drive movement. One watch I'd therefor definitely would like to add at some time may be the Marinemaster 1000 with Spring Drive movement. Mike wrote about his Spring Drive Tuna reference SBDB008  (black and gold) a while ago. Although that watch is bound to 300 pieces and long out of stock,  I so want to buy similar down the road.