1964 marked the resurgence of a post-war Japan onto the world stage as a first-rate economic power, most readily apparent in Tokyo hosting the Summer Olympics that same year.
Seiko – despite having no prior experience in sports timing (much to Heuer’s chagrin, we are sure) – was named the official timekeeper, and began research and development in preparation for the games in 1961.
As part of Seiko’s R&D, and to commemorate its upcoming role in the summer games, it developed several advanced wristwatches for the Olympics - like all original and freshly full serviced late 1964 Seiko 6217 GMT here.
The 6217 was released for a short period of time during and after the Olympics, and then discontinued. Seiko also released concurrently two variants of the 571x - the 5717 and 5719; as well as the ultra rare 5718 (the ultimate grail of true Seiko collectors) - all for for the Olympics. Never one to pass up on an advertising opportunity, Seiko naturally advertised and associated the 571x and GMTs with the games.
This Seiko 6217 GMT comes with a leather strap, nylon NATO strap, Pelican travel case, and springbar tool.
1964 Seiko 6217-7000 GMT Automatic
DIAL: Original silver Seiko-signed dial with polished hour indices; original hour, minute, and second hands. Inner city chapter ring rotates, as designed, with slight patina on inner edge; city names are clearly defined with little fade.
CASE: Original 38mm (41mm w/crown) x 44.5mm stainless steel case. Casback dolphin engraving, while faded (frequent with these), remains visible.
BAND: This 6217 comes a brown leather strap, with off-white/cream colored stitching and stainless-steel hardware. It also comes with a nylon dark blue and red nylon NATO strap, with stainless-steel hardware, which plays off the dial of the watch.
CRYSTAL: Domed acrylic crystal in great condition – no cracks.
MOVEMENT: Original Seiko 6217 autotmatic movement, which beats at 18,000 BPH and produced in December 1964. This watch was fully serviced in November 2020.
CROWN: Original large unsigned crown.