1966 Seiko 5 Sports Sportsmatic Deluxe (Ref. 6619-8060)
Seiko introduced the Sportsmatic line in 1961 as a more affordable and sporty alternative to the Seikomatic, and a precursor to the 5 Sports line. The watches offered within the line all had the number 5 on the dial, signifying the five characteristics every watch within the lineup featured: an automatic movement, a day-date display at three o’clock, water resistance, a recessed crown at four o’clock, and highly durable cases and bracelets. These watches took on many different forms throughout the '60s, including dive models, varied calibers, and fantastic daily wear options like the Deluxe we have here.
Another claim to fame for the ref. 6619-8060 is that it was the reference used by various covert operations teams during the Vietnam war, having been ordered by the head of the Counter Insurgency Support Office (CISO) Ben Baker, as a "sterile" or "non-attributable" item the soldiers could war. And while this particular model isn't one of the military-issued versions, it has the same lineage and reference number, which is pretty cool in its own right.
|Style||5 Sports Sportsmatic Deluxe|
|Bracelet||2pc Handmade Leather Strap|
CASE & BRACELET
The 36.5mm stainless steel case is in excellent and gently polished condition with long lugs that show light signs of use. It retains its original recessed button crown. The case back is clean and retains all of its original factory markings. The watch will be supplied on a 2-piece leather strap.
DIAL & HANDS
The dark grey dial has a remarkable sheen up close with chunky silver indices at every hour, and a silver seconds track on the outside edge. The non-luminous dauphine-style hands complement the design of the case and are in great condition. The white day and black date wheels complete the design.
None. Watch is functioning perfectly and keeping time, previous service history is unknown.