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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; This time we have been bringing you Vacheron Constantin's show at the SIAR —Salón Internacional de Alta Relojería—2013 in Mexico Town this previous 7 days. This exhibit not simply showcased a lot of the most appropriate pieces throughout Vacheron's various collections, nevertheless it also included several items from their museum plus a extremely pleasant watchmaker on duty that was focusing on different movements such as a perpetual calendar, a tourbillon plus a extremely slim skeleton.
The highlight of the show was the 'Patrimony Traditionnelle Planet Time' Special Piece —on display— that sold for $80,000 through the Sotheby's auction that took place on Oct 1 to profit the INAH —Mexico's countrywide institute of anthropology and heritage. This worldtimer complication a. k. a. 'Patrimony Traditionnelle Heures du Monde' is a interesting timepiece that don't just supplies the normal 24 cities/timezones but in addition 13 unique timezones with timezone variations of half hour to some quarter hour.
On top of that, even though we have been there, we ended up fortuitous plenty of to run into Mr. Rudolf Knoblauch, Switzerland's ambassador in Mexico. Extremely Great meeting you Mr. Knoblauch.
Now, take pleasure in the pictures and as typical pretend you were being there with us.
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