Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original box or original paperwork. The watch comes paired with a 22mm strap that matches nicely. The watch is from Circa. August 1976 and is in worn, vintage condition as you can see. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
Seikos history began in 1881 when Kintaro Hattori established the K. Hattori retail and repair store, in 1892 Seikosha was established to make wall clocks. 1895 saw the production of their first pocket watch and 1913 saw the launch of their first wristwatch, the Laurel. In 1924 the first Seiko was manufactured, and Daini Seikosha (now Seiko Instruments Inc.) was established in 1937. Seiko was listed on the Tokyo stock exchange in 1949. The Suwa factory became independent and formed Suwa Seikosha Co., Ltd. (now Seiko Epson Corporation in 1959). In 1956 Seiko launched Marvel as their first true in-house-made watch; they continued to make this watch until 1959. Japan’s first chronograph watch was introduced for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, called the Seiko Crown Chronograph monopusher. Not stopping there Seiko launched Japan's first true divers watch, the Seiko Diver’s 150M fitted with the automatic Caliber 6217 which later was given the nickname “62MAS” by collectors. The company name was changed to the Seiko Corporation in 1990. Innovation at Seiko continues today with GPS Solar watches.
Here we have a 1976 Seiko JDM Turtle Automatic 6306-7001, the case is brushed around the top while the sides are polished and a lug-to-lug length of 45mm and a case thickness of 13mm give the watch an impressive wrist presence. Seiko executes wrist ergonomics to perfection for a comfortable fit. At 4 o’clock a large screw-down crown, a bi-directional 60-click bezel has a black matte aluminium dive insert, around its edge, you have 2 rows of knurling for extra grip. A flat recessed Seiko Hardlex crystal protects a black dial, large lumed indexes mark the hours and at 3 o’clock a Kanji day/date window. Text on the dial is Seiko Automatic at 12 and Water 150 Resistant above the 6, The Suwa stylised S is just under this, it was used on the dial from 1976 to 1980. The hour hand is a broad syringe hand with a lume infill and the minute hand is a broad arrow again with a lume infill, the second hand has a large lollipop. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with Tsunami waves is embossed in the centre, inside an Automatic Seiko Cal. 6306, 21 jewels, 21,600 beats per hour and this Japan domestic market (JDM) movement has hacking for your convenience. The watch comes fitted on a 22mm strap.
The Seiko Turtle is one of the most iconic Seiko watches, for me the "Captain Willard" 6105-8110 is the grail of this range of watches by Seiko, but this 6306-7001 offers a TON of value in comparison, especially when found in the correct, original condition like this one. Each year that goes by they become harder to find all original, so I wouldn't wait as I suspect the prices are only going one way.