1965 Seiko 6218-8971 "Seikomatic" Weekdater 35j Automatic

1965 Seiko 6218-8971 "Seikomatic" Weekdater 35j Automatic

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Seiko's "Weekdater" line up from the 1960's offer some of the cleanest layouts and appealing designs to come out of era. Mid-century modernity and minimalism that's just as relevant today as it was when they were introduced more than 50 years ago. At the time of its release in 1964, the 6218 was a flagship of the Seikomatic lineup. Considered the automatic equivalent of the then only manually wound GS line, it was built on the 62 base movement that would eventually be the platform for the first self-winding Grand Seikos to hit the market just a few years later. A beautifully detailed movement with a “tadpole” fine adjustor for the balance, and 35 jewels, the 6218 is one of Seiko’s finest from the era, and packaged in a timepiece with undeniable presence. This example from June of 1965 is just stunning. The dial is a silver satin with a heavy north to south grain topped in a glossy lacquer finish. It’s set with polished applied markers with great detailing, and framed with a raised minute chapter. The framed date window is at three, and a framed full day window sits above the six. The hour and minute hands are broad and beveled dauphines that taper to a fine point and sport a mirror finish. With no bezel, the case has a comfortably thin profile with well sculpted angular lugs. The etched case back markings often completely worn on this model are still clearly visible with the crowned dolphin at center. The hacking 6218 is keeping near perfect time post service, and offers quicksetting for the date, and a semi-quickset day. It is unpolished and completely original aside from a replacement crystal, and we’ve paired it with a dark brown distressed leather for a casual and comfortable finish. Blending engineering and style, it’s easily one of our favorites, and we’re sure it will be one of yours too. 


Clockwork Synergy Light Brown Distressed Leather with Reverse Stitch (clockworksynergy.com)


Serviced 12/7/18

Diameter- 37mm

Lugs- 19mm

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