Seiko’s Sports divers – such as the late 1968 Seiko 6119-8220 automatic Sports diver here – were popular and quite reminiscent of the late 1960’s and 1970’s chic.
The 6119 series was a 70 meter diver watch made by Seiko; the line was aimed at “light” water sports that gained in widespread popularity during the late 1960’s and 1970’s – hence the 70-meter dive rating; however, these dive watches did not feature diving bezels. Seiko made literally hundreds of Sports diver variations during this time period, with the Japanese manufactures’ Suwa and Dani factory seemingly in competition with one another to see which could devise the most compelling models.
Its to little surprise the 6119 lines are some of the most popular with Seiko collectors – this Sports diver comes with a leather rally strap, NATO strap, Pelican travel case, and spring bar tool.
1968 Seiko 6119-8220 Automatic Diver
DIAL: Original black dial, with dark blue and silver hour indices, with original minute, hour, and second hands. Day/date function at 3 o'clock position works as designed.
CASE: Original 37mm x 43.5mm stainless steel case in pre-loved condition, with original caseback.
CRYSTAL: Hardlex crystal, with no blemishes or scratches.
BAND: New 18mm dark brown leather rally strap, with stainless-steel hardware. This 6119 also comes with a gray, black, and red NATO strap. Both straps are a great complement to the sporty nature of this Sports diver.
MOVEMENT: Original Seiko 6119 automatic movement, manufactured in November 1968.
CROWN: Original recessed unsigned stainless-steel crown.