One of the major draws of Seiko’s Champion line - like the mid-1964 Seiko 86898 Calendar 860 here - were their amazingly simplistic dials and the figurative “elephant tusks” hands. All these characteristics combine to form it’s single greatest aesthetic quality – symmetry.
The sparse sunburst dial gives it a simple, clean symmetrical style hard to find in a watch of any era or price range. They are simple designs when looking at the hour and minutes but actually contain edge chamfers to create some of the small details that make this a great watch. In summary, everything is in balance.
Per Worn&Wound’s review, “… one of the most affordable #TBT pieces we’ve covered to date. I can’t overstate it enough that if you’re even half considering a [1960's Seiko], grab one and you’ll be happy that something so inexpensive can be so nice. It’s a versatile watch that turns heads. Every time I post this watch on Instagram, I get loads of requests about the detail behind it…If you’re not a vintage watch person, but are simply reading our site and want a classically styled legitimate timepiece, this is your invitation to stop shopping for watches in the J.Crew catalog – this Seiko is far better than a pricey NATO-clad Timex.”
This Champion Calendar 860 comes with the a leather strap, NATO strap, springbar tool, and Pelican travel case.
1964 Seiko Champion 86898 Calendar 860
DIAL: Brilliant original silver sunburst dial, with applied silver markers. Date function at 3 o'clock position works as designed, with original dauphin hands. Slight patina on dial only adds to its charms.
CASE: Original 37mm (w/o crown, 39mm with) x 44.5mm stainless steel case. Matching original Seiko Dolphon-signed casebackn.
CRYSTAL: Original acrylic domed crystal, no scratches.
BAND: Brown leather strap with stainless-steel hardware - this strap forms a great vintage contrast to the simplicity of the Champion 860's silver dial and hands. This watch also comes with a camo green two-piece NATO strap.
MOVEMENT: Original 17-jewel Seiko manual-wind movement, which beats at 18,000 bph, manufactured in March 1964.
CROWN: Original signed stainless-steel crown.