The “Arnie”, It’s Back!

In 1982. Seiko released the divers’ version into the cutting edge, “Duo” range. The Duo combined analogue style and practicality with the multi functionality of digital technology.

This divers’, rated to 150meters was the first to feature chronograph and alarm. It was also very distinctive with a large black shroud around the case. No other divers’ looked like it or functioned like it.  

Arnold Schwarzenegger wore this model in several movies of the mid 80’s and so, the nickname, “Arnie” for this watch seems natural. And Arnie said “I’ll be back”. True to his word, the Seiko “Arnie” is back!

The original featured the cutting edge movement, the H558 and here, in my collection, I have a near mint example from 1984.

Apart from the oversized push buttons and the whole watch being beefier, the new release “Arnie” looks almost identical.

Let’s look at the differences:             H558 (1984)                         H851 (2019)

Case size                                                         45mm                                   48mm
Thickness                                                      12mm                                   15mm
Lug to Lug                                                     46mm                                   50mm
Dial Diameter                                               39mm                                   49mm
Water Resistance                                         150m                                     200m
Movement                                              Battery Quartz                    Solar Quartz
Strap                                                  Silicon/Silicon keeper      Silicon/Metal keeper
Bezel                                                         Bi Directional                   Uni Directional
Functions                            Both feature Calendar, chronograph, alarm and dual time

Seiko have done a fabulous job at re creating classic designs, the re invention of the “Turtle” design of the 70’s divers’ is an example and now, with this, the “Arnie”, they have excelled in reproducing one of their most distinctive and iconic creations using modern technology while staying faithful to the original style.

About robswatches

I’m a horoligical “petrol head”! I love classical mechanical watches, not because they tell me the time, I can get the time from cheap quartz watches, my computer, phone, microwave or just about anywhere. I’m interested in the movements of watches, the aesthetics of case design and their construction, the history and the simple thrill of watching tiny, beautifully finished wheels, pinions and other parts turning and oscillating and marvelling at the craftsmanship that created it.
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