SEIKO VINTAGE ARNIE H558-500a ORANGE, from 1982, same model that the one Arnold Schwarzenegger wore in Predator and Commando movies (but Orange version), in good condition, , just a few scratches here and there on crystal and bezel and a small crack in the plastic bezel (please look carefully at photos), really difficult to find. Including Original Seiko Sports box and two bands, original one GL831 and a more modern seiko original diver band, DAL1BP. Take a look at my other watches!With todays look at the Seiko H558 Arnie, we find ourselves heading down a precarious path into the realm of the celebrity watch. Dont worry, well speak a little about the man this watch takes its name from, but well spend more time on why this product of the 1980s deserves more recognition aside from its relation to a film star and politician. Oh, and lest I forget, this watch falls under the Tuna category and while I stated that we were almost complete on cataloguing those great watches, a return to the subject with the H558 is a real case of Ill be back. You knew that was coming. Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, astronauts, Jochen & Nina Rindt: the list of celebrities who now have a watch named after them goes on and on. Most of the time, thankfully, the watches are pretty good and their secondhand value reflects this as well. Despite the fact that todays watch isnt mechanical, the Seiko H558 Arnie, which is named after one Arnold Schwarzenegger, is also highly prized amongst collectors. It turns out that Arnie, who is a rather legendary watch collector, favored a fairly pedestrian Seiko in the mid-1980s and wore it in some really big films such as. The Predator, Commando, Raw Deal, Running Man, and Twins. The rugged looks of the watch seemed to fit the nature of the characters he played ok, not in. But perhaps his use of the watch in this film tells us even more about how much he loved wearing it and because of the superstardom he achieved during this period, the watch became immensely popular throughout the globe. Now, I feel a bit like an old geezer in saying this because I realize some of our readers might be a bit younger, but Schwarzenegger was. In the 80s and early 90s. Sure, there were other action stars (Stallone, Van Damme, Lundgren, Seagal and others), but Arnie kicked the most ass. Plus, he was hard not to like and due to his often self-deprecating style of acting, there was a genuine feel about him.
People liked him so much that he was elected governor of California twice as a Republican! I even recall absurd discussions about eliminating the rule that US President had to be born on American soil in order to make room for a possible Austrian president. I mean, who wouldnt want the. As the leader of the free world?
But politics aside, prior to Arnies switch over to Panerai, AP, and other monstrosities, he went with Seiko. Watch in the Seiko H558?Ill cut to the chase, the Seiko H558 Arnie is a cool watch and certainly worthy of the collectable status that it enjoys. Prior to the H558s arrival, I didnt really know what to expect.
For sure, I knew that the Arnie was legendary in Seiko circles, but I also knew that the displays were prone to flaking out, their small lights often no longer working and, worst of all, the original plastic shrouds are frequently cracked. The latter issue is so common that theres even a small cottage industry making reproduction replacement plastic and stainless steel shrouds that can come to the rescue. Thankfully, this Japanese-sourced example is in sublime condition, so it makes for a good article piece.
The Seiko H558 Arnie was introduced in 1982 and made until (or through) 1990. In Japan, it retailed for a fairly pricey 45,000 JPY.After this, it was replaced by a cool, but cost-cutting model called the H601. Upon its debut, the Seiko became the worlds first hybrid diver 150M. And equipped with an alarm and chronograph. Thats a lot of qualifiers, so its hard to figure out exactly what were the firsts, but I can imagine that it was fairly groundbreaking 36+ years ago. As a note, the 200M Citizen Aqualand pictured here, with a depth sensor, didnt come around until 1985.
Unfortunately, I dont own a Casio AMW320, but I believe these also came after 1982 (oh, and Arnie wore one of these as well). Yes, ana-digi divers were popular back in the 80s. The Seiko was made in a few different variants. The -5000 is what you see here and is a JDM model that states Water 150M Resist on its dial. 5009 variants for the rest of the world simply state Divers 150M and are likely the variant that Arnie wore.
A rare orange version, the -500a, also exists with both the JDM and rest of world dial wording as well. And finally, a very rare -500a variant exists with gold hands and gold font on the bezel. As you know by now, nothing is ever simple with Seiko. Aside from the aforementioned stated complications, the Seiko H558 Arnie employed the same L-shaped crystal gasket found on the big dog Tunas weve reviewed before.The bezel is uni-directional and clicks reassuringly. The large crown is screw-down and the screw-down case back features the familiar tsunami motif that tells us were dealing with a capable watch. And while the same sentence appears all over the web, its worth noting that Seiko apparently designed the H558 for serious exposure. It was tested by Seiko engineers from low temperatures of -40C and up to 60C.
The watch accompanied climbers to a successful ascent of Everest in 1988 and also went on explorations of both the North and South Pole. Most credit this watch for kicking off the Landmaster formula that we still have today. Amongst Seiko collectors, the Seiko H558 Arnie falls into the Tuna category. Consider it more of a crazy uncle (along with the Ashtrays we looked at not so long ago) instead of a brother because it contains some design tropes from the deep divers, but lacks things like a front-loading case, crown at 4:00 and ultra-deepwater resistance. In looking at the dial, its clear theres a resemblance in the hand shaping, the use of large white indices and, of course, the shroud.
The item "SEIKO ARNIE RARE vintage H558-500a ORANGE made in Japan PREDATOR" is in sale since Monday, August 10, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Watches\Wristwatches".
The seller is "tyler_durden_mf" and is located in Madrid. This item can be shipped worldwide.