Seiko debuted its 6106 dive watches – like this 1971 deep blue-dialed variant (and literally no one does blue dials better than Seiko) – in 1967 as its first “Sport Diver.” The Seiko 6106 is classic vintage Seiko for several good reasons, but onto one of the best features of the 6106 – the dial.
These dials, regardless of color, sparkle in the light and were finished better than many of the Swiss watches from the same period. This is coupled with little writing on the dial, rendering a dial that’s purposeful and sparse, finished with Seiko’s famous Suwa logo.
As noted by Worn&Wound, Seiko’s marketing ads boasted about the 6106’s diving capability, that was “[Water]Proof," all the way down to 229 feet! Other ads made it seem like the choice for surfers. Either way, it was a popular offering and the affordable, but not cheap at the time, price of $75.
This Seiko Sport Diver comes with a leather strap, nylon NATO strap, spring bar tool, and Pelican travel case.
1971 Seiko 6106-8237 Automatic Sport Diver
DIAL: Original Seiko-signed deep blue “resist” dial. Day/date at 3 o’clock position works nicely. Lume is in quite nice shape, considering the watch is nearly a half century old.
CASE: Original 39.5mm x 44mm stainless steel case in pre-loved condition. Matching original “resist” caseback.
CRYSTAL: 6106-correct hardlex crystal, scratch-free.
BAND: Light brown 19mm leather strap, along with a black and gray nylon NATO strap - both feature stainless-steel hardware.
MOVEMENT: Original Seiko 6106 automatic movement, manufactured in May 1971.
CROWN: Original recessed unsigned stainless-steel crown.