Seiko’s rally divers – such as the 1972 Seiko 6119 automatic diver on offer here – were a popular series of 70 meter sport divers made by the Japanese manufacture in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Easily discernible, the rally divers obtained their nickname from the distinctive checkered pattern on its bezel inserts, which resembled a checkered racing flag.
The Seiko rally series began with the 6106 models, followed shortly thereafter by the 6119s, with a overlap in production between both. 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.
Of note, the 6106 models were produced sans the “Seiko 5”-signed dial and only came in two variants, unlike the plethora of variants the subsequent 6119 came in.
1972 Seiko 6119-7173 Rally Automatic Diver
DIAL: Original Seiko 5-signed silver dial. Quick set day/date at 3 o’clock position works nicely. Chapter ring is original, as are baton hour and minute hands and faded yellow second hand.
CASE: Original 42mm x 46mm stainless steel case in pre-loved condition. Matching original caseback.
CRYSTAL: Hardlex crystal, scratch-free.
BAND: Original signed Seiko 5 stainless-steel bracelet. This rally diver also includes a dark blue nylon NATO strap, with stainless-steel hardware.
MOVEMENT: Original Seiko 6119 automatic movement, manufactured in April 1972.
CROWN: Original unsigned recessed stainless steel crown.
BEZEL: Original bezel and checkered rally bezel insert, no bezel ratchet.