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Economical Classic: Seiko 6105 - Worn Wound
Right now, we are energized to provide you the main of hopefully a lengthy collection on exciting and largely reasonably priced classic dive replica watches by w w mate, vintagediver (head over to IG and provides him a comply with for excellent pictures every day). Love!Seiko contains a prosperous heritage in the earth of dive replica watches, and it is safe to state that none is as iconic since the venerable Seiko 6105-8110/9 (aka 6105-811X). It is the definitive Seiko diver, and it retains it really is very own from the other iconic divers in the 1970′s. This is known as Seiko's 3rd generation diver, following the 6217 (aka 62mas)? and the slimmer 6105-8000/9. The 6105-8110 and 6105-8119 are exactly the same, but the last digit during the reference number indicates in which market the replica watch was originally sold. The 6105-811X was made from 1970-1977, and came in two slight variations. The early models from 1970 were labeled water 150m proof on the dial, and waterproof on the case back. At some point later that year, they changed the text to water 150m resist with water resistant over the back. This was inline with a change in nomenclature throughout the Seiko offerings. The proof/proof models are fairly rare, and command a definite premium more than the resist/resist models. This replica watch is one that I think has to be felt during the metal to be fully appreciated. Several years ago, before I had any Seiko divers, I saw the photos and posts of devoted 6105 owners, and was genuinely quite unimpressed. About the years, the design started to grow on me, and I decided I had to have one particular, and see what all the fuss was about. Once I had just one, it was like at initial sight. The 6105 simply has a wrist presence that doesn't translate into shots. The build quality and finishing is exceptional, and definitely on par with other hi-end divers on the same period, like the Omega Seamaster 300 and the Rolex Submariner. Seiko was, and still is, a true manufacture, making everything in-house. Not only was the movement in-house, but Seiko even made their have oils, cases, crystals and such. The 6105 was a pretty popular choice with US military servicemen from the Vietnam war era, and was available within the PX stores (retail stores found on United States military installations)? for soldiers. It was also famously worn by Martin Sheen's character, Captain Willard, from the Vietnam war movie Apocalypse Now. The case is a good chunk of solid stainless steel, with a distinctive asymmetrical cushion shape. The crown is at 4 o'clock and is protected by the bulging crown guard, giving it a really unique and instantly recognizable geometry. The original factory finish is circular brushing over the top and polishing over the sides, with a nice sharp line delineating the two. The oversized crown is about 6. 3mm wide, with shallow grooves covering the whole thing and six deep grooves for great grip. It includes a turn and lock system that is unique to this model. After setting the watch, you push the crown in and turn it although still gently pushing and a single in the big grooves will lock onto a pin that keeps the crown from turning. To be honest, I can't really figure out the benefit of this, but it looks cool!The crown is signed "->Lock , which is pretty cool in itself. The case measures about 44mm wide by 47mm extensive with 19mm lugs. It's an great size for most wrists, not too big and not too small. The shape of your case and case back sit extremely comfortably about the wrist, making it a very easy replica watch to wear despite it really is big size and smallish lug spacing. The coin edge bezel with aluminum insert rotates bi-directionally, and provides a click ball mounted inside the case that gives it 60-clicks in a full rotation. A rubber O-ring gasket gives it just the right amount of tension for excellent bezel action. The crystal is a proprietary Seiko hardened mineral glass called Hardlex. It truly is a double domed type, with a very shallow dome within the outside (almost flat), and a a lot more pronounced inner dome. These were (and are) prone to scratches, and cannot easily be polished. However, NOS crystals is often found, and there are aftermarket repros that is often had as well. Nothing makes a 6105 sparkle like a brand new crystal!Under that cool Hardlex crystal is a dial that is really a work of art. It really is a beautiful matte black, with raised applied chrome markers that are filled together with the proprietary Seiko lume material. There is a date window at 3 o'clock with a good chrome frame. Under the 12 is an applied chrome Seiko logo with Automatic printed in silver just below. Higher than the 6 it is actually signed water 150m proof or water 150m resist depending within the model. The fine print below the 6 should read Japan 6105-8009T. There are many horrible fake dials out there, and lately there have been some really great fake dials showing up. The hour and minute hands are lume filled faceted steel baton style, though the second hand is a unique stop light style with two lume filled holes at the tip. The distal a person is white lume like the hour and minute hands, and the proximal hole features a pale red color. The 6105 is powered by the robust Seiko caliber 6105B, a 17 jewel full rotor automatic that runs at 21,600 bph. It's not hand windable, but the automatic winding mechanism is so efficient that one flick from the wrist will start it running from a dead stop. Just one great touch that is not often found in Seiko divers (vintage or modern) is that this movement hacks, meaning the second hand stops when the crown is pulled out. This model originally only came with a rubber strap. There has been some discussion about bracelets becoming available as OEM from PX stores, but as far as I know this hasn't ever been proven. The original rubber straps available were the XGL731, the ZLM01, and a third unmarked model. These original straps are quite rare currently, and command huge prices when found. The strap about the 6105 within the photographs shown here is an XGL731 that I was lucky enough to acquire. It really is incredibly soft and supple, much extra comfortable than most modern rubber straps. The ZLM01 strap, otherwise known as a "waffle" strap due to its distinctive pattern, has been reproduced, and is available for those that want the OEM classic look with a modern material strap. The 6105 has become probably the most recognizable and iconic of all the Seiko divers, which is saying something coming from a manufacture that is loaded in dive replica watch background. When it truly is by no means scarce, it is actually indeed difficult to find in very good, original condition. This was intended as a tool watch, and was generally worn as such by the folks lucky enough to have bought them new. They were rode hard and put up wet, so to speak, additional often than not. Most original examples that are found on eBay have moderate to significant wear. The lume material is prone to getting what is commonly referred to as "black funk" on it. For some reason, the Seiko lume used tends to get this black growth on it when exposed to moisture intrusion, which is a bummer as it can't truly be removed (I've tried!). Another pitfall in collecting the 6105 is that they are often found with any number of aftermarket parts installed, most often fake dials/hands and replacement bezel inserts. Even though these aftermarket parts have their place in restoring what many would consider unwearable condition replica watches, it might be problematic for those that don't know the telltale signs and are looking for an all-original example. That said, original, unmolested examples of this fine diver can be found with some patience and perseverance. Trust me, it can be worth the effort to acquire one particular!written and shot by Christoph McNeill a. k. a. VintageDiver #gallery-1 margin: auto; #gallery-1. gallery-item float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; #gallery-1 img border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; #gallery-1. gallery-caption margin-left: 0; The dust has definitely settled down after a frenetic 24th installment of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, in Geneva. Looking back, what were the main trends and which conclusions should be drawn? Several colleagues from the press share the idea that it was indeed a great show, but I'm sticking with those who claim this year's edition didn't exactly provide the best crop destined to horological superstardom compared to previous ones. What I can say is that I'm struggling to come up with a top ten of watchmaking masterpieces with timeless mindblowing potential, while I'm still recovering from an overdose of artistic crafts and ultra-slim replica watches seen at the Palexpo exhibition centre. Anyway, in the aftermath of the year's first horological Grand Slam, here are a few very personal thoughts and preferences I'd like to share. Reverse universe: flip the Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna and you're in heaven. A. Lange & S? hne Paving the Milky WayHow appropriate was the exhibition of the Federation de la Haute Horlogerie baptized 'Horology, a Child of Astronomy' held simultaneously, exploring the close relationship between watchmaking and the heavens? Because the Earth's satellite and the celestial dome proved to be quite popular yet again, with the launch of interesting perpetual calendars and exquisite timepieces highlighting the Moon and the skies - such as the Lange & S? hne Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna with more than 2000 micro-stars, the Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Planetarium featuring a three-dimensional cosmic dance, the sidereal Cartier Rotonde Earth & Moon, and Greubel Forsey's QP a Equation with solstices and equinoxes. Les Indomptables de Cartier: replica watch with enamel dial inlaid with diamonds and enamel leaf, crocodile brooch in gold, diamonds and enamel to place on top. Miguel Seabra/Espiral do Tempo. Decorative AvalancheDon't get me wrong, I even graduated in History of Arts and am quite sensitive to any kind of artistic display or arcane craftsmanship; plus, I truly admire how the so-called Metiers d'Art have been adding an old-school dimension to contemporary high watchmaking. Nonetheless, by the end of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, I felt like I had an overdose of rare artistic crafts after being swamped by a plethora of models featuring dials decorated with all sorts of enamelling, guillochage, engraving, embroidery, marquetry, granulation, mosaic, invisible setting, skeletonizing, miniature painting and so on. From timepieces to plain art pieces: how much is too much? Or is it due to the excessive influence of Asian and Middle-Eastern demandPatented NomenclatureVan Cleef & Arpels once again excelled in the name game, trademarking the expression Poetic Astronomy (after having done so with Poetic Complications and Extraordinary Dials) and forcing us writers to look for semantic alternatives in order to describe comparable romantic functions from other brands. Van Cleef & Arpels also had the best-named timepiece: Pierre Arpels Heure d'Ici, Heure d'Ailleurs (Time Here, Time Elsewhere). And Montblanc, after having Nicolas Rieussec dethroned by Louis Moinet as the inventor of the chronograph last year, corrected their own narrative to 'the inventor of the first *patented* chronograph'. And since we mentioned the word narrative: founder Carlos Dias has been deleted from Roger Dubuis' history. Haute Horlogerie on a strict diet: the Altiplano 900P's ultra-slim record case at 3. 65mm. Piaget Slim Shady UtopiaAnother powerful trend was the uber-thin quest, with Vacheron Constantin boasting the slimmest minute-repeater ever with the Patrimony Contemporaine's 8. 09mm until Jaeger-LeCoultre disclosed the Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon (aka Hybris Mechanica 11) with a tourbillon/minute repeater combination at just 7. 9mm. And Piaget, the self-styled Master of Ultra-Thin, introduced the slimmest mechanical replica watch ever with the 3. 6mm Altiplano 900P! Again, even though it's quite an admirable feat and a proof of technical excellence to reduce a calibre to the thinnest possible dimensions, most people looking for a mechanical timepiece and who are not slim fetishists actually appreciate a bit of volume and weight - I, for one, don't like to feel as if I'm wearing a coin on the wrist. It's 'just' a Perpetual Calendar, but at a highly competitive price point and symbolizing Montblanc's new era under Jer? me Lambert's leadership. Miguel Seabra/Espiral do Tempo. The TroublemakerMontblanc definitely cranked up the heat and took the SIHH by storm, showing not only a technical breakthrough but also a price-positioning policy that had many a rival brand concerned. With the restless new CEO Jer? me Lambert at the helm and a new strategy for the Villeret manufacture movement, the company showed strong on all fronts aimed at every kind of horophile - starting with a complete overhaul of its 2,000 to 5,000 Euro offerings and including the launch of the appealing Meisterstuck Heritage line. The Meisterstuck Heritage Perpetual Calendar (at a mere 10,000 Euro!), the Homage to Nicolas Rieussec (featuring a hybrid ceramic hour ring with integrated luminous numerals), the TimeWalker Chronograph 100 and the Villeret 1859 ExoTourbillon Rattrapante were among the show's most talked about timepieces. Apparent IncongruenceA diver's replica watch featuring a perpetual calendar function? A few good-humoured journalists wondered how long IWC kept their master watchmaker Kurt Klaus (the inventor of the innovative in-house perpetual calendar system in the 1980s) on the bottom of the sea in order to come up with the idea of the huge 49mm Chronograph Perpetual Calendar - one of eight new references in its new Aquatimer collection that also includes a chronograph, an automatic, three special editions dedicated to the Galapagos and two technical diver's replica watches. The artistic Roger Dubuis booth: a flash mob of monocle statues? Miguel Seabra/Espiral do Tempo. Best StandIt was called both the most artistic and the most futile stand at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie: the one unveiled by Roger Dubuis. The creativity was outstanding, with all those imposing monocled statues and an actual clock specifically brought in to tower over the entrance. Nonetheless, many reporters coming over from other essential booths such as A. Lange & S? hne's for instance, couldn't help thinking:"Is this theme park really necessary to present a collection or to sell high-end replica watches? ". Honourable booth mentions are also due to the discreet charm of Baume & Mercier, the voluptuous luxury of Ralph Lauren, the dangerousness of IWC with all those sharks flying above the visitors, and the teaching/learning area devoted to the "Naissance d'une Montre" initiative at Greubel Forsey. Image of the SIHH 2014 novelties presentation at Vacheron Constantin. Miguel Seabra/Espiral do Tempo. Best PresentationAmong the various presentations, the best accolade should go to Vacheron Constantin's: no marketing hype whatsoever, elegantly sober and straight to the point with the help of rotating panels featuring high relief replica watches upon which different images were projected. Oh, and many missed the beautiful models that Piaget usually brought along in previous years to showcase the new timepieces on their wrists. And it felt odd listening to a professional presenter with a heavy American accent talking about Baume & Mercier's ancient watchmaking legacy. By the way, how's this for a lack of communication: three brands chose the same type of press gift - portable autonomous smartphone battery chargers…? Hidden TreasuresThere were the Talking Pieces. And then there were the timepieces that deserved to be talked about a lot more than they actually were - and some of them didn't even get a line in most wrap-ups of the event. One of those hidden treasures of the SIHH that, in my opinion, deserved a lot more attention certainly was the rose gold La Monegasque Club chronograph with fossilized wood dial and DLC treated bezel on an original alligator strap. Audemars Piguet's Millenary Minute Repeater was another interesting piece that was overshadowed by an avalanche of new Royal Oak references. And let's not forget Greubel Forsey's €1 million Art Piece 1 with an optical device to enlarge by 23 a less than 1mm micro-sculpture by Willard Wigan! With the help of master watchmaker Cristiaan Van der Klaauw, Van Cleef & Arpels introduced a planetarium for the wrist. Van Cleef & Arpels A Bunch of Men's replica watchesIn no specific order and without repeating brands, a list of the men's replica watches I considered to be the best and/or most relevant at the SIHH 2014: 1 - A. Lange & S? hne Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna; 2 - Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Planetarium for its celestial dance; 3 - Piaget Altiplano 900P for its ultra-slim architecture, 4 - the updated Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 42 mm series (rather than the Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon) for its popular appeal; 5 - Cartier Rotonde Astroregulator as a symbol of the exceptional job being done by Caroline Forestier-Kasapi's team; 6 - Montblanc Meisterstuck Heritage Perpetual Calendar as a symbol of the brand's new era; 7 - Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon because of its construction; 7 - Panerai Radiomir 1940 Chronograph for its retro charm; 8 - Baume & Mercier Clifton 1892 Flying Tourbillon; 9 - Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon Openworked; 10 - Richard Mille RM 36-01 Sebastien Loeb; 11 - Greubel Forsey's QP a Equation. A bouquet of women's timepiecesAgain, in random order, a list of the women's replica watches I considered to be the best and/or most relevant at the SIHH 2014: 1 - Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre Arpels Heure d'Ici, Heure d'Ailleurs because of the original retrograde and double jumping hour complication (plus, with its delicate lug system, it's a man's replica watch that looks like a great oversized women's timepiece); 2 - Richard Mille RM 10-01 Natalie Portman; 3 - Ralph Lauren Stirrup Petite Link; 4 - Cartier Ballon Blanc; 5 - Piaget Altiplano in Miniature Enamel. An icon of fashion with a dog for a driver? Miguel Seabra/Espiral do Tempo Weirdest imageI took a picture of a replica watch I saw on display at a window - then realized afterwards I had caught Ralph Lauren wearing a RL67 Tourbillon in a strange place alongside a dog driving his vintage car. Now that had to be the strangest sight at this year's Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, don't you think?