1968 JDM Seiko 4006-7020 "Bell-Matic" 27j

1968 JDM Seiko 4006-7020 "Bell-Matic" 27j


The first Bell-Matic was released to the public in 1966, and was at that time the very first automatic wrist alarm with a central rotor. Seiko continued production of the line for another 12 years with a wide array of styles ranging from colorful casuals, to refined classics. This JDM variant from May of ‘68 is a blend of both that offers great versatility and comfort on the wrist. The case has traditional lines, lengthy tapered lugs, and a low profile bezel. The dial is a rich charcoal sunburst with a lacquered finish that's contrasted by highly polished baton style hands and split baguette markers. The luminous material is the original, and has developed an even khaki patina. Framing the dial is a raised minute chapter and a polished and fluted alarm bezel. A touch of color is provided by the cursor which consists of a white triangle over a block of bright red. Unpolished and completely original aside from a replacement crystal, this watch is in incredible condition and gives little indication of its nearly 50 years of age. The bell has a bright, crisp ring and we’ve paired it with a soft gray RAF NATO for a casual but versatile finish.

Clockwork Synergy Gray Double Layer Two-Piece RAF NATO (clockworksynergy.com)

Serviced 2/12/19

Diameter- 38mm

Lugs- 19mm

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