Not too long ago, I decided to do a rundown of my top ten favorite vintage watches on Instagram. As most collectors would agree, it is not an easy exercise narrowing down the top pieces in any collection, let alone actually ranking them in order. After much hemming and hawing, I did manage a ranked list and ended up really enjoying the process of rationalizing each pick. So, I thought it would be a fun idea to do a top ten list for our readers here, and decided to come up with a list of what I feel are the top ten vintage watches from one of worn&wound’s favorite brands, Seiko.
Now, keep in mind that this is, of course, an entirely subjective endeavor, and while I could have gone any number of “Top Ten…” routes, this list is merely what I feel are the top ten vintage Seiko watches based on my many years of collecting. Your mileage may vary.
Today, we are going to tackle spots 10 to 6, with 5 to 1 not far behind. Without further ado, let’s get started (with a watch familiar to many of you).
10. 6309-7040/9 150m Diver
Produced from 1976 to 1988, the 6309 is an extremely popular and fundamental vintage diver from Seiko’s historical catalog. With its large, now-iconic cushion case, screw down crown, big ole 60-click bezel and matte dial with great lume, the 6309 is a classic that should be in the collections of every dive watch lover. Despite its large size, it is a comfortable watch to wear and makes for a great daily beater. These are robust and reliable, and can still be made waterproof with readily available replacement gaskets. And for the budget-conscious, the 6309 remains, perhaps due to their availability, relatively affordable within the realm of Seiko’s vintage divers, at least for now. eBay is still a great place to pick one of these up, but buyers should be mindful of examples with incorrect aftermarket parts.