Seiko Diver 'Captain Willard' Single-Owner

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REF 6105-8110
Automatic-winding
44 MM
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SKU AS09201
Article Number 40991702
ref 6105-8110
case size 44 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Dive
category Vintage
bracelet Rubber
lug width 19 MM
Includes Black TROPIC® rubber strap with stainless steep pin buckle.
overall condition Good condition overall. Case shows wear consistent with age and use. Factory finishing is still present and caseback engravings remain visible. Bezel shows normal wear. Dial and handset show patination throughout. Luminous plots are mildly degraded and spotty.
REF 6105-8110
Automatic-winding
44 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09201
Article Number 40991702
ref 6105-8110
case size 44 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Dive
category Vintage
bracelet Rubber
lug width 19 MM
Includes Black TROPIC® rubber strap with stainless steep pin buckle.
overall condition Good condition overall. Case shows wear consistent with age and use. Factory finishing is still present and caseback engravings remain visible. Bezel shows normal wear. Dial and handset show patination throughout. Luminous plots are mildly degraded and spotty.

Why We Love it

"I love the smell of napalm in the morning."

That delightfully morose soundbite isn't the only memorable takeaway from the Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now. For dive watch enthusiasts, the film holds another: Martin Sheen's use of a Seiko 6105-8110 on screen in his portrayal of Captain Willard. 

While Hollywood's prominent use of timepieces in film is well documented (and generally done for paid product placement), there are only a few films that really ‘got it right’ in regards to the watches used on screen. The reason Apocalypse Now stands out as a winner? Because the Seiko 6105 truly was a common choice of GIs during the conflict, and in a way started an entire trend for budget-priced oversized steel tool watches when they returned stateside.

As a diver's tool, the 6105 is a worthy instrument in all regards. Developed by Seiko in the late 1960s, the large case boasted 150 meters of water resistance, a bi-directional bezel for use in dive timing and copious swathes of luminescent material for visibility in low light and underwater. Used extensively in the field by soldiers and frogmen, the 6105 developed a reputation as a no-nonsense timepiece for use in the field, a reputation that has lasted to this day and undoubtedly inspired countless diving watches (including more than a few homage reissues from Seiko!) in the subsequent decades.

This example, a Reference 6105-8110 is the same reference seen in the film, and features all the hallmarks we love about vintage Seiko divers  — a 44mm asymmetrical stainless steel case with a Hardlex crystal, signed screw-down crown and a bidirectional timing bezel. Its luminous matte black dial features applied hour indices, a stick handset, ‘stoplight’ seconds hand and a framed date window at 3 o’clock.

Coming to us from the grandson of its original owner, this is an extremely honest example, featuring an very strong case with visible engravings on the caseback. Its untouched dial shows patina throughout, and has been spared the poorly executed refinish/relume jobs many others have been subjected to.

Complete awesomeness.

Fresh off a full service and sympathetically fitted with a replacement crystal, this wonderful nearly fifty year old vintage Seiko survivor is set to provide many more years of reliable use in jungle battlefields - tropical or concrete alike.

Check it out in the flesh before we decide to keep it for ourselves!

Brand Story

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For over 140 years, Seiko has been cranking out innovative and impeccably engineered watches at every price point, from entry-level Seiko 5s to world-class haute horlogerie pieces under the Grand Seiko brand. Underpinning the company’s efforts has been the mass production of reliable and accurate movements paired with a wide array of case and dial configurations.

Founded in 1881 by clockmaker and businessman Kintarō Hattori in Tokyo, Japan as “K. Hattori,” Seiko began importing Western timepieces and selling them in the local market. In 1892, Hattori changed the name of the firm to Seikosha (“house of exquisite workmanship”), which was further altered to “Seiko” in 1924. Following the Second World War, during which Seiko produced watches for the Japanese military, the company began its streak of innovations based upon affordable, in-house movements and Japanese savoir faire. These included myriad dive watches such as the famed 6105 and the fan-favorite 6139 chronograph.

Later, in 1969, Seiko would go on to produce the Astron, the world’s first quartz watch. This technological innovation was followed by the Seiko Kinetic in the 1980s, which married quartz accuracy with automatic, self-powering functionality. Today, Seiko’s product offerings are vast, including dress watches, dive watches, chronographs and much more, all of which are powered by in-house movements comprising different types of technology.

Despite a move toward luxury positioning and pricing in the brand’s modern offerings, vintage Seiko classics can still be had at incredibly reasonable prices today, making them a favorite entry point into the vintage watch world for myriad collectors. From their availability in post exchanges on military bases around the world to their fame from films such as Apocalypse Now to their presence at six Olympic Games, Seiko watches are deeply ingrained in the consciousness of the contemporary collector.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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Seiko Diver 'Captain Willard' Single-Owner

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