Seiko’s Sport Diver series – like this all original 1971 Seiko 6106-6439 automatic Sports diver here – were popular and quite reminiscent of the late 1960’s and 1970’s chic. Easily discernible, 6106 saucers obtained their nickname from the distinctive saucer-like shape of its stainless-steel case, which resembled a UFO. The saucers featured perhaps the most colorful dials of all the Sports divers.
The 6106 series, just like its 6116 little brothers that came subsequent, were 70 meter diver watches 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.
The Seiko Sports saucer series began with the 6106 models, followed shortly thereafter by the 6119’s, with an overlap in production between them. The 6119 duplicated the aesthetic of the 6106 and was meant to improve the design on the 6106 – based on the popularity of the 6106 – and also came out with numerous new variants. The 6119 on offer here was one of the re-issues of the original highly popular 6106 models. Its to little surprise that the 6106 and 6119 lines are some of the most popular with Seiko collectors – and also some of the most valuable.
This 6106 saucer Sports diver comes with a leather rally strap, nylon NATO strap, Pelican travel case, and a spring bar tool.
1971 Seiko 6106-6439 "Saucer" Automatic Sports Diver
DIAL: Original Seiko-signed brown dial, with original minute, hour, and second hands. Day/date function - with Spanish/English day variants - at 3 o'clock position works as designed, and the inner chapter ring rotates smoothly via the crown.
CASE: Original 43mm x 43mm stainless steel case, with original caseback.
CRYSTAL: New Seiko hardlex crystal, no scratches.
BAND: This vintage Seiko comes with a light brown leather strap with stainless-steel hardware. This saucer also comes with a dark blue gray NATO strap, also with stainless steel hardware – both great complements to the sporty nature of this Sport Diver watch.
MOVEMENT: Original Seiko 6106 automatic movement, manufactured in August 1971.
CROWN: Original recessed unsigned stainless-steel crown.