1970 Seiko 4006-6010 Bell-Matic 17j

1970 Seiko 4006-6010 Bell-Matic 17j


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. This 6010 from December of 1970 is crisp, and completely original aside from a replacement crystal. A sportier look in the Bell-Matic line, the round case is nicely off-set by a deep sunburst finish. Beneath the polished bezel is a perfect black linen dial with a glossy lacquer finish. The alarm cursor ring is flat black with white markings, and a fiery red five minute countdown. High polished markers and hands offer stark contrast and legibility. At 38mm, there’s plenty of presence, but it’s not overpowering. We’ve paired it with a heavy, desert tan two-piece Zulu for a rugged, but comfortable finish.


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Serviced 11/28/17

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