my vintage watches

The 30-second summary.

The 6117 series of watches need no introduction. Probably the most sought after after the chronographs and divers, the 24 hour hand of the watch has produced quite a number of classic vintage Seiko timepieces. The one on offer here is the world time variation, its inner bezel printed with the major cities of the world.

 

What's so special about the watch?

There are a few variations of dials among the 6117 family, but among these the grey and white dials would be the hardest to find. Between the two, I really enjoy the grey one. Having owned a black beauty before, I can say that the grey linen really does bring out a different feel. 

 

This sample also has a nicely aged world time inner bezel, the marks in red nicely faded to a faint pink.

 

What are the functions of the watch?

Time, date, world timer.

 

Let me tell you about the case...

The 6117 cases are very modern to the look  - a c-case wonder that sits large on your wirst while retaining a slim profile. I guess that's very much the appeal of a vintage watch case - they are able to sit to nicely on your wrist without being too much of a hinderance to the sleeves or by getting in the way of door frames and corners. 

 

This particular example has a nice smooth polish to its case, evidence that it's been through some sort of polishing in its lifetime. The usual 6117s come with a soft satin finish on the top, missing on this one unfortunately. You can also notice the bevels on the side diminished. So while the case is free from major dinks or deep scratches, it comes after being polished by its previous owner.

 

And now the dial...

The case does little to take away from the splendor of the dial, its linen texture catching light from all angles to offer quite a show as you whip it out every now and again to admire its face.

 

The grey dial is nicely aged, and in the case of linen you won't want too much signs or dotting from freckles to ruin the uniformity. This one has a nice clean face that's free from any major tarnishes or fading, which adds to its charm. Even the lume hash at 3'O has been nicely preserved and is quite consistent as the ones on the hand and at the end of the block hour indices. 

 

The grey dial is marked with an outer ring in white, onto which the 24-hour indications are printed on. This contrast, along with the Seiko branding on 12 and 6'O gives a nice balance of legibility and aesthetic appeal. I'm comparing this to the black and white one which might be too much or an overkill (and by this time I think we're kinda sick of that color combi).

 

Let's not forget the hands...

Four hands sweep this dial - thich stick hour and minute hands that match the hour indices, a slender seconds hand in the same silver, and a bright red 24-hour hand that's bend to that it rises above the hour index and points directly onto the 24-hour outer ring.

"Stitch" - 1979 Seiko 6117-6400 World Time Grey Linen

$680.00Price
  • Specifications

    • Hour, minute and seconds hands with date display
    • Linen texture grey dial with world time rotating inner bezel
    • 40mm stainless steel case
    • 45mm lug-to-lug
    • 20mm width bracelet
    • 6117 automatic @ 21,600vph
    • Acrylic crystal
    • Black aftermarket leather strap (milanese strap not included)
     
    This is a vintage timepiece. Please expect signs of ageing and wear. Watch is checked to be in working condition when shipped. Buyers are advised to ask all questions before purchase. Accuracy of watch cannot be guaranteed and there might be unexpected issues due to its age; servicing is recommended for practical everyday use.
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