One of the major draws of Seiko’s Sportsmatic automatic line - like the all original and just full serviced 1960's Sportsmatic 15017 here – was its amazingly simplistic dials and figurative “elephant tusks” hands. Couple that with a rather unique "star" dial, and you have a clear stylish winner.
The Sportsmatic line, introduced in 1963, was made up of dozens of variants across several calibres, but the 15017 was one of the most beautiful. The most outstanding feature of the Sportsmatic here is its dial. It radiates beautifully from the center and the sheer simplicity of its design is outstanding. Simple applied hour indices combine with the other singular features to form its single greatest aesthetic quality – symmetry. The very nearly invisible hidden crowns coupled with the sparse dial give it a simple, clean symmetrical style hard to find in a watch of any era or price range. Everything is in balance.
Per Worn&Wound’s review of the Sportsmatic, “…one of the most affordable pieces we’ve covered to date. I can’t overstate it enough that if you’re even half considering a Seiko Sportsmatic, grab one and you’ll be happy that something so inexpensive can be so nice. It’s a versatile watch that turns heads. Every time I post this watch on Instagram, I get loads of requests about the detail behind it…If you’re not a vintage watch person, but are simply reading our site and want a classically styled legitimate timepiece, this is your invitation to stop shopping for watches in the J.Crew catalog – this Seiko is far better than a pricey NATO-clad Timex.”
This Sportsmatic comes with the a leather strap, nylon NATO strap, springbar tool, and Pelican travel case.
Ultra Thin 1960s Seiko Sportsmatic 15017 Automatic
DIAL: Original silver and gold sunburst Seiko Sportsmatic-signed dial, with radial brushed finish and original gold dauphine hands.
CASE: Ultra thin original case measures a mere 10.5mm in thickness, with about 1/3 of this domed crystal; case itself measures 36mm x 44mm. Snap-on case back engraving is faintly visible, but mostly worn smooth, typical for these 1960s Seiko dress watches.
BAND: This Sportsmatic comes with a light brown leather strap, with cream-colored stitching and gold hardware. It also comes with a dark blue and orange nylon NATO strap, also with stainless-steel hardware.
CRYSTAL: Domed acrylic crystal in excellent condition – no scratches.
MOVEMENT: Original automatic movement; this watch has received a full service.
CROWN: Original unsigned and mostly recessed crown.