28 Jul 2010

SOLD: SEIKO Hybrid Diver H558-5000 "Arnie" (JDM)

▲ Schwarzenegger wore SEIKO H558 in "Commando" (1985).

Up for sale is a SEIKO Hybrid Diver H558-5000 SSAD018 a.k.a SEIKO Arnie. It was nicknamed Arnie because Arnold Schwarzenegger is a big fan and wore it in the movie "Commando" (1985) and "Predator" (1987). The one for sale here is the harder to find JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) version with "WATER 150m RESIST" dial.

H558 was the first diver's watch in the world which featured a digital alarm chronograph display. It was used by a team comprised of members from Japan, China, and Nepal when they climbed Mt. Everest in 1988.

Production date: December 1982.
Case dimension:
  • Width: 46 mm (excludes crown).
  • Thickness: 12 mm.
  • Lug: 22 mm.
All-original including original GL-831 rubber strap.
Original plastic shroud has some scratches but in good condition and no crack.
Original dial and hands in good condition. Lumes on index markers and hands still glow very faintly.
Original bezel rotates bi-directionally with 60 clicks. Bezel clicks firmly without play.
Original bezel insert is in good condition.
Original crystal is lightly scratched but still good and untouched.
Case and caseback are in good condition. There are swirlies and some tool marks on the caseback but overall they are good and untouched.
Analog-digital movement is working fine. All functions (alarm, chronograph, local-time, digital display light) work flawlessly. Accuracy is within spec.
Crown locks in 2.5x full turn.
Water resistant is unknown.
Complete with its original GL-831 rubber strap which has been aging but no crack. Brand new flanged-type fat spring bars are included.
Price: SOLD.

The bad: Crystal is lightly scratched and case has swirlies.

▲ Original GL 831 rubber strap.

▲ SEIKO Professional Quartz Diver SBBN015 Marine Master 300m and H558-5000 Arnie.

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