Seiko introduced the Skyliner brand – of which this all original 1966 Seiko 6220 counts itself within – in 1961 as a no-nonsense minimalist dress watch, hand wound, and without date. Seiko positioned the Skyliner as a medium range offering at the time, and it came in stainless-steel and gold variants. The company subsequently refreshed the line again, in 1966, with a redesign that resulted in a much higher profile and placed the Skyliner at the forefront of Seiko offerings.
In 1968, Seiko once more redesigned the Skyliner, resulting in the design here, replete with a new 21-jewel 61A calibre that bore little resemblance to previous calibres used in previous iterations of Skyliners. The 61A calibre was designed to be a medium range watch in the style of King Seiko and Grand Seiko's of the time; it came in 17 and 21 jewel versions, as well as date and no date variants.
Seiko specialized in clean dials, not marred by any date function or numerals, in the 1950s and 1960s, coupled with thoughtfully chose dial fonts to present pure class – and this dial is no different. Complementing this is an unpolished case, with crisp angles and sharp corners, and dauphine hands.
This Seiko Skyliner comes with a leather strap, NATO strap, Pelican travel case, and springbar tool.
1966 Seiko 6220-8010 Skyliner Automatic Watch
DIAL: Original silver dial, no blemishes. Skyliner-signed dial, in ornate cursive script, with original dauphine hands.
CASE: Original stainless-steel case, 38mm (39.5mm w/crown) x 43mm. Original caseback.
CRYSTAL: New Seiko-correct domed acrylic crystal, no cracks or blemishes.
BAND: Light brown leather strap, with cream colored stitching and stainless-steel hardware. This Skyliner also comes with a nylon dark blue and red NATO strap.
MOVEMENT: Original Citizen Calibre 61A, 21 jewel manual wind movement – Seiko manufactured this watch in March 1968.
CROWN: Original crown.