1966 Seiko 6220-9970 Skyliner 30 Proof (Hand Wind)

1966 Seiko 6220-9970 Skyliner 30 Proof (Hand Wind)


Since its inception in 1961, the “Skyliner” has been the poster child for Seiko’s brand of classic, minimalist dress styles. Nicely appointed hand-wound calibers like the 6220 in this model, are housed in clean crisp designs that in most cases, don’t even include a calendar. For these mid-century classics, it’s all about the dial, and cleverly chosen print fonts. This example from April of ‘64 is a stunning example of what keeps the Skyliner high on our list. The unpolished case sports crisp angles and sharp corners throughout its thin and comfortable profile. The bi-level dial is a pearlescent silver sunburst in almost perfect condition. It features polished and and beveled baguette markers applied to the upper level of the dial. An angled chapter with minute hash marks seamlessly merges the upper and lower levels. The hands are tapered and beveled batons that are well proportioned and free of oxidation or corrosion. The markings along the etched case back have softened over the years, but are still clearly visible and completely legible. To denote its “waterproof” design, it carries the crowned “Seahorse” logo at center and a 30 meter rating. The hand wound 6220 is just as impressive, and post service, winds smoothly and is keeping near perfect time. We’ve paired it with a dark brown distressed leather for a crisp classic finish that nicely highlights the dial. This is sure to be a “go to” that’s almost as fun to wear as it is to show off. 

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

Serviced 10/27/18

Diameter- 36.5mm

Lugs- 19mm

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