March 9, 2009

Seiko Bullhead

My friend, David got me into these a few years ago. I had always thought of Seiko as a low end watch, even kind of trashy. He set me straight. The below examples are mid-seventies watches. The best thing about these is that you can pick them up for great prices still. They're highly collectible, so you might not steal one from some poor schmuck at a swap-meet, but you can still pick 'em up for a couple hundred. Check out this thread on WATCHUSEEK for some nice info if you're interested. ISTHAMUS has broken down the dos and don'ts of Bullhead buying, and he seems to know what he's talking about... I trust him.
Below photo by: CQ on Flickr

An Excerpt from the thread:
- This watch comes in two color combinations, a reddish brown version with gold sub-registers and a black version with steely blue sub-registers. The standard versions of the brown variants and all of the black variants say the words “Chronograph Automatic” below the word Seiko, on the dial.

- When buying a bullhead do yourself a favor and spend the money to buy the best example you can find. Buying a mediocre one and paying for restoration can get more expensive than if you had done your homework to begin with. Try to keep your purchase price from eBay at no more than $250.00 for a good clean example in good working order (keeping in mind the additional expense of servicing or overhaul that it will definitely need). For a perfect example, or a nicely restored example (from a well known restorer), expect to pay as much as $400-500 depending on the level of restoration and the particular variant of the watch (that price should include the cost of the watch plus the cost of a full restoration with original parts, as well as an original bracelet, and a perfect bezel insert).

If you have any additional info on these and want to drop knowledge on 'em, feel free to comment. I'm in no way an expert, so please do so. OR, just tell me how much you hate to love or love to hate Bullies.