1970 Seiko 4006-6001 “UFO” Bell-Matic 17j

1970 Seiko 4006-6001 “UFO” Bell-Matic 17j

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The first Bell-Matics were released in November of 1966, and over the next 12 years a wide variety of styles and color combinations would guarantee that those looking for a robust wrist alarm with undeniable presence could find exactly that. Seiko’s 4005 and 4006 calibre movements were available in 17j export and 27j domestic market versions (there’s even short lived 21j variant), both of which offer incredible reliability decades from when they were first produced. From classic dress styles to colorful casuals, there’s a “Bell” to suit any collection. At 42mm, the broad cushion shaped case of the 6000/1 is a noteworthy departure from the typically classic designs of the Bell-Matic line. Often referred to as the “UFO Bell,” its sloping contours, undeniable presence, and lack of availability make it a must have for collectors. This example from November of 1970 is no exception. The matte gray sunburst dial is perfect, and with its bi-color markers, it’s paired perfectly with the metallic black of the alarm bezel. A bright red cursor makes setting the alarm easy at a glance, and offers a nice touch of color on an otherwise monochromatic backdrop. We’ve paired this one with a deep brown distressed leather to complement the soft gray of the dial, and it makes for a truly refined finish to this beast of a “Bell.” 

 

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

 

Serviced 2/12/18

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