Seiko introduced the Alpinist wristwatch in 1961 with the intention of it becoming a reliable timepiece for Japanese mountain climbers and other sports enthusiasts alike. The production of this watch was important because it was the first real attempt at making a sports watch by Seiko. Seiko Alpinist watches started being produced in 1961 and were inspired by Yama-otoko which is Japanese for mountain men.
After the successfuly fist Seiko Laurel Alpinist, the next Alpinist also came under the Champion series. In quick succession there were three Stainless Steel model types, the J13043, the J13049 and the J13079, all marked WATERPROOF on the dial, and case back. The case back has the now-iconic mountain symbol with Alpinist engraved beneath for the J13043 and J13049 models and Alpinist 850 engraved beneath for the J13049 model. The 17J Seikosha movement continued in the J13043 and J13049 models, but an automatic caliber 850 and later 851 rated at 18,000bph with Diashock protection was used in the J13079 model. Commonly all 3 models are called Champion 850 Alpinists.
The model we have to offer is the iconic J13079 with the 24 hours markers dial variation.
This particular model is very popular amoung the Alpinist collectors and this is a great opportunity to acquire a very clean example!
Ships from Tokyo, Japan.
SOLD - Seiko Champion Alpinist J13079
Overall, this piece is in nice vintage condition. The case has some light scratches and appears to be unpolished as it retains sharp edges. The original dial is in clean condition with tiny blemishes . The handset and crown are all original and in good condition. The original caseback is in great condition.
MODEL: Champion Alpinist
DIAL: Original silver dial
CASE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
CASE DIMENSIONS: 35mm diameter; 13mm thickness, 18mm lug width
CRYSTAL: Mineral Crystal
CASE BACK: Snap-in Stainless Steel
MOVEMENT: Manual Cal.850
Manufacturing date: 1963
Service History: Serviced, +20s/day
Bracelet/Strap: Navy Japanese cowhide leather strap made by the Japanese strap maker Accurate Form