1969 Seiko 5 Sports (Ref. 6106-6040)
It’s hard not to love pretty much anything Seiko designs. Established in 1881, the Japanese brand has become one of the biggest names in watchmaking, with some truly iconic references to boot.
Seiko introduced their 5 Sports line in 1968, with the “5” in the collection’s name referring to 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. The line was created to offer attainable, versatile, daily wearable pieces that often exuded a sense of whimsy and adventure through the various case shapes and dial colors on offer. This ref. 6106-6040 exudes a whole lot of both.
Built in 1969, just a year after the collection was introduced, this “UFO” model—so referred to because of its almost otherworldly saucer-shaped case—is a super clean example of early Seiko design exploration. It’s also a real conversation piece, thanks especially to its equally unique steel bracelet, the clean and legible dial, and the pops of orange, blue, and red found throughout.
The excellent stainless steel case has been gently polished in the past. The case retains its original recessed button crown which operates the day-date function. The case back retains all of its original finishing and factory markings. The watch is finished with its original Seiko stainless steel bracelet with a Seiko clasp.
The original black dial is clean and legible with silver markers and exhibits some light marks from age. The outer track features a pop of color thanks to the orange markings for the first 15 seconds. The original stick-shaped silver hands are in fantastic condition, as is the faded yellow seconds hand.
None. Watch is functioning and keeping time, previous service history is unknown.