Seikos history began in 1881 when Kintaro Hattori established the K. Hattori retail and repair store. In 1892 Seikosha was established making wall clocks. 1895 saw the production of their first pocket watch. 1913 saw the launch of their first wristwatch, the Laurel. In 1924 the first Seiko was manufactured. Daini Seikosha (now Seiko Instruments Inc.) established in 1937. Seiko listed on the Tokyo stock exchange in 1949. The Suwa factory becomes independent and forms Suwa Seikosha Co., Ltd. (now Seiko Epson Corporation in 1959).
This Seiko World Navigator has a brushed and polished 41mm stainless steel cushion case with chamfered edges. On the right side at 4 o’clock a crown. A slim bezel holds the domed crystal. The black textured dial has an outer world GMT chapter ring which is rotated by turning the crown in its normal position. In its second position, it changes the date, and finally, in its third position, it adjusts the time. An inner orange 24-hour ring has applied baton indexes with lume tips marking the hours. At 3 o’clock a date window. Baton hands with an independent orange GMT hand which makes a complete rotation every 24 hours. On the reverse a screw-down case back. Inside an Automatic Seiko Cal. 6117, 17 Jewels, 21,600 beats per hour. Fitted on a 20mm rubber strap.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Seiko box or original Seiko paperwork. The watch comes paired with an aftermarket orange rubber strap that suits the watch nicely. The watch is from Circa. 1968 and is in worn, vintage condition with some signs of age that can be seen. The watch does feature an aftermarket dial, but it is one of the best I've seen and very comparable to the original, would take a highly-skilled eye to notice. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
Seiko has only continued to grow in popularity and collectibility since I began buying and selling watches, having always been a fan since back when I began Seiko was all my budget could push to. But now, seeing those same watches now trading at huge multiples of what they used to be, it does make me wonder how much further it can go. I don't see it slowing down as interest is still only growing, especially on interesting vintage pieces like this one.