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Seiko’s 5 Sport series – like this 1973 Seiko 6106-8237 automatic sport diver here – were popular and quite reminiscent of the late 1960’s and 1970’s chic.

 

Seiko debuted its 6106 dive watches in 1967 as its first “Sport Diver” and notably, the 6106 was Seiko's first dive watch...sport diver, that is.  The Seiko 6106 series - just like its 6119 little brother subsequent - was a line of 70-meter diver watches; 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.


As noted by Worn&Wound, Seiko’s marketing ads boasted about the 6106’s diving capability, that was “Proof," all the way down to a whopping 229 feet (!); other ads made the line seem like the choice for surfers.  Granted this makes for some shallow diving, but not in the era these debuted.  Regardless, it was a popular offering and affordable. 

 

On to 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.  Couple this with very little writing on the dial and raised applied hour indices, and you have a dial that’s purposeful and sparse. 

 

And Seiko did their homework when they designed these deep blue dials like the one here - pictures do not do these justice.  These dials are amazing to behold in person, and this dial here is no different.

 

This 6106 comes on a stainless-steel vintage bracelet, and with nylon strap, rugged travel case, and spring bar tool.

1973 Seiko 6106-8237 Automatic Sport Diver

$349.99Price
  • DIAL: Seiko-signed deep blue dial, with matching minute, hour, and second hands.  The pearly white lume and yellow seconds hand provide great contrast to the rest of the blue dial.  Day/date function - with English/Spanish day variants - at 3 o'clock position works as designed; note only the date function is quickset by design. 

     

    CASE: Stainless-steel case - with sharp case lines - measures 39.5mm x 44mm stainless steel case, with recessed crown and matching caseback. 

     

    CRYSTAL: Seiko Hardlex crystal, no scratches or blemishes.

     

    BAND: This 6106 comes on a vintage non-Seiko stainlesss-steel bracelet, which will fit up to an approx. 7.75 inch wrist; it also comes with a grey nylon strap.

     

    MOVEMENT: Seiko 6106 automatic movement, manufactured in November 1973. 

     

    CROWN: Recessed unsigned stainless-steel crown.

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