Today, we’re excited to bring you the first of hopefully a long series on interesting and largely affordable vintage dive watches by w&w friend, @vintagediver (head over to IG and give him a follow for great pics daily). Enjoy!
Seiko has a rich history in the world of dive watches, and it’s safe to say that none is as iconic as the venerable Seiko 6105-8110/9 (aka 6105-811X). It is the definitive Seiko diver, and it holds it’s own against the other iconic divers of the 1970’s. This is known as Seiko’s 3rd generation diver, following the 6217 (aka 62mas) and the slimmer 6105-8000/9. The 6105-8110 and 6105-8119 are exactly the same, but the last digit in the reference number indicates in which market the watch was originally sold.
The 6105-811X was made from 1970-1977, and came in two slight variations. The early models from 1970 were labeled “water 150m proof” on the dial, and “waterproof” on the case back. At some point later that year, they changed the text to “water 150m resist” with “water resistant” on the back. This was inline with a change in nomenclature throughout the Seiko offerings. The “proof/proof” models are fairly rare, and command a definite premium over the “resist/resist” models.
Beautiful watch! Vintage Seiko’s don’t get as much love as they deserve.
Vintage Seiko’s are wildly popular. There are hundreds for sale everyday. But as the author suggests, you should know if your goal is a completely original model, which can run from $500 into the thousands, depending on the make, or a restored one which can still run between $250-1,000 depending again on the make.
The right vintage Seiko climbs out of the “affordable” category real quick. lol
Once you know what you’re looking for, you can distinguish between OME, period accurate aftermarket parts or just shoddy work.
Well said BJS314!
These have been growing on me. The case design is really great, especially with the way the crown guards are incorporated into it.
Excellent overview of an iconic watch. What’s so cool about the 6105 is that there is truly nothing else out there that is quite like it, meaning its design is unique but not trying to be different for the sake of design distinction. Form does follow function – one of the fundamentally appealing aspects of collecting Seiko divers. It’s an instrument that looks cool. Can you do an overview of the 7549 Tunas too?
pretty excited for this series, love a good vintage watch, and this article is a great start
Thanks, glad you liked it! I hope you’ve enjoyed the others as well….
This is pretty obviously where the Raven Deep Tech gets it’s hands from (hour and minute), an awesome reference back to a great vintage watch.
On the hunt for a good 6105 a few years ago, I got distracted. I know modifications tend to really polarize Seiko fans… but I love aspects of both the 6105 and the 6309 (not to mention I’m a sucker for anything with a GMT hand), so when this very odd hybrid Seiko showed up, I was smitten. Not “correct”, but I really enjoy it.
Looking forward to more of this series.
do you sell this watch?
Hi guys have just listed this watch on ebay
Nope, this one’s a keeper for me. Although I have sold a few of this model in the past, one fairly recently….
What’re the straps that were photographed in thus article?
So glad I discovered Worn and Wound. I just discovered my all original Seiko 6105-8119 (broken waffle band) in the attic yesterday; A high school graduation gift from my father in 1972. Still runs like a top!
Hello all 🙂
Please here is a picture have the 3 rubber Strap
On the Martin Shhen’s Movie !
Hi I am looking for parts to replace the barrel wheel and the top plate of a 1973 Seiko 6105-8110. Can anyone advise where I might get them or failing that, a replacement movement? Thanks Roger
Roger, genuine Seiko parts for 6105’s can still be sourced on EBay it just takes some patience and consistency, happy hunting.
i recently acquired a 6105-8119 in need of some T.L.C. its in pretty good condition except it does not work (25+ years in a drawer), the arms have lost most of their color and the “seiko” on the face has blackened. any advice on prudent actions to take in restoring it and still keeping as original as possible? though I am less concerned with its financial value as opposed to its sentimental. thanks.
Kelwen – there are several very reputable watchmakers that have a very good track record on working on these classics.
Two that I can fully recommend are Jack at International Watch Works (USA) and Duncan ‘The Watch Bloke’ (UK), both of these guys have long records of producing high quality restorations, if I were you I would send an email to them and probably some photos of the watch and get some estimates on the cost.
I bought my 6105 in 1968 on leave to japan. works today just like it did in 68.
I bought mine at the First Marine Division PX in Danang in 1969. It’s been with me ever since and still runs like a champ.
Hi I have a Seiko 6105 – 8119 and is in need of a major repair due to worn parts. Any suggestions of who and where i can sent it for repair that would have parts?