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.) 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).
The 6105 was Seiko’s second true diver with its characteristic cushion case. Their asymmetric case was designed to be robust with a recessed signed crown at 4 o’clock. A popular choice of American servicemen during the Vietnam war. Famously worn by the actor Martin Sheen who played “Captain Willard” in the 1979 film Apocalypse Now. Lesser known is the Japanese adventurer Naomi Uemura who wore a 6105 when he spent 18 months crossing Greenland from Alaska by dog sled.
Our Rare 1976 Seiko "Captain Willard" 6105-8110 has a brushed and polished 44mm stainless steel cushion case. On the right side at 4 o’clock a recessed signed crown protected by large crown guards, it has a turn and lock mechanism. A bi-directional stainless steel bezel has a black 60-minute scale in silver numerals and batons. A domed Hardlex crystal sits above a matte black dial. An outer minute track has applied square indexes coated in luminescence marking the hours. At 3 o’clock a framed dated window. Slender baton hands have lume infill complemented by a second hand with a stoplight style counter weight. At 12 o’clock an applied Seiko with Automatic underneath. At 6 o’clock “water150resist”. On the reverse, a screw-down case back. Inside an Automatic Seiko Cal. 6105, 17 jewels, 21,600 beats per hour. The movement has hacking when you pull out the crown. The watch comes fitted with a 19mm leather strap.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Seiko box or paperwork. The watch comes paired on a well-suited black leather strap. The watch is from Circa. 1974 and is sold in worn, vintage condition and signs of age and wear will be seen throughout. The watch is all original, however, the dial and hands may have been relumed at some point. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.