1969 Seiko 6117-6010 Automatic “World Time”

1969 Seiko 6117-6010 Automatic “World Time”


Seiko’s third iteration in the World Time series, the 6010/9 is the last of the firsts. A tightly refined version of it’s two predecessors, it has a polished and finished aesthetic that’s doubtful could be improved upon. A 38mm masterpiece with stout, tapered lugs, an oversized but well integrated crown, and a striking dial full of color, texture, and finish. This example from January of ‘69 is a stunner. The dial is a rich charcoal sunburst with a lacquered finish and applied markers. At its border is a segmented 24 hour track in silver for night, and gold for day. Framing it is the “cities of the world” inner bezel which can be rotated via the crown to determine the time anywhere in the world instantly. The colors are bright and vivid, and there is no peeling or fading from exposure. The hands are a polished sword style along with a bright red 24 hour hand. The case is unpolished with crisp corners, though the case back has a few scratches from a tool slip at some point. It’s completely original aside from a NOS Seiko replacement crystal. The 6117A is a workhorse calibre that’s solidly built, and post service, this one is keeping near perfect time. This particular model was only produced for about one year beginning in 1968 through part of ‘69, and as such is in fairly short supply and can be difficult to track down, especially in this color way. Well worth the effort in our opinion, as it’s stunning on the wrist and a great piece of Seiko history.

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

Serviced 1/12/19

Diameter- 38mm

Lugs- 19mm

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