Seiko is one of a few rare companies that made everything for their watches. From Cases, Dials, Movements and Tools, TO Oils, Grease, Repair Equipment, Straps, Bands, Bracelets, Crowns, everything was designed, created manufactured in house.
WERE PROBABLY IMPORTED
SEIKO DIVE WATCHES
Japan’s first diver’s automatic MAS 6217 self-winding 150m watch, crown, rotating bezel, special gasket . In 1966, the watch proved its reliability precision the 8th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition
Seiko 6217 300m pro & 6215 1967-1969
1982, Quartz 150m, Alarm Chronograph.
Available on US military bases PX/BX AND R&R LOCATIONS, the early Seiko Divers, particular the 6105, were Popular with US soldiers in Vietnam. The 6105 would become a combat watch long before 1979 when Martin Sheen, as Captain Willard in “Apocalypse Now”, wearing a 6105-8110 while traversing the NAM into CAMBODIA AND ITS HIGHLANDS in search of the Off The Reservation Rogue Colonel Kurt (Marlon Brando) and his “Montagnard” Army who were wreaking havoc on the Viet Cong [Vietnamese Communist Forces].
The Snake-Eaters and the Yards
The 6105-8000 was introduced in 1968. but the 6105 8110/8119 were made from 1970-1977, and were first delivered with the words “water proof” as in: “water 150m proof” on the dial, and “waterproof” on the case back. But a US ban on using the words “WATERPROOF” on watches meant SEIKO would alter the words to “water 150m resist” with “water resistant” on the back later in the same year.This adds to value. Many early seiko watches carried the waterproof info, finding these, specifically the early 8119.. well, that is a cause for definite premium over the “resist/resist” models.
6105-A caliber , 17J rotor automatic, 21,600 bph. NO WINDING or HACKING -MOVEMENT STOPS WHEN CROWN IS PULLEDt.
6105-B caliber , 17J rotor automatic, 21,600 bph. NO WINDING, HACKING -MOVEMENT STOPS WHEN CROWN IS PULLEDt.
The Seiko 6309 Cal is a 150M rated dive watch, produced from 1976 to 1988l. it is a cushion case watch, the case can identifiy the year of production. 6309-7040, 6309 7049 remain a popular watch that collectors can find and share the reason why, like the 6105, the 6309 was loved by the Military.