Seiko’s Sport Diver series – such as the rather unorthodox-shaped 1968 Seiko 6119-8220 automatic Sports diver here – were popular and quite reminiscent of the late 1960’s and 1970’s chic. Easily discernible, 6119 divers obtained their nickname from the distinctive saucer-like shape of its stainless-steel case, which resembled a UFO. The UFO’s, also nicknamed “saucers,” featured perhaps the most colorful dials of all the Sports divers.
The 6119 series, just like its 6106 forefather, 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 UFO Sports diver 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 Sports diver comes with a leather strap, nylon NATO strap, Pelican travel case, and spring bar tool.
1968 Seiko 6119-8220 Automatic Sports Diver
DIAL: Black Seiko-signed dial, with minute, hour, and second hands. Day/date function at 3 o'clock position works as designed, to include the date quickset.
CASE: Stainless-steel case meassures 37mm x 43.5mm stainless steel case, with matching caseback.
CRYSTAL: Seiko 6119-correct Hardlex crystal, no scratches.
BAND: Brown leather strap, with cream-colored accent stitching. This Seiko saucer also comes with a white and dark blue nylon NATO strap – both great complements to the sporty nature of this Sport Diver watch.
MOVEMENT: Seiko 6119 automatic movement, manufactured in November 1968.
CROWN: Recessed unsigned stainless-steel crown.