If you’ve been perusing #TBT since its commencement a couple of brief years prior, and Fratello Watches as a rule besides, you realize that we’re enthusiasts of Seiko jumpers. Inside our arrangement on vintage watches, we’ve investigated a wide cluster of the Japanese brand’s models implied for the undersea. From 70M Sports Divers , covered Tunas , to the amazing 62MAS , we’ve covered many. The present piece is only one more piece of the brand’s genealogy and it’s a decent one. The Seiko 6105-8000 is the present focus.
When the Seiko 62MAS was delivered in 1965, it denoted the brand’s entrance into the fragment. With 150M of water obstruction and a turning outer bezel, it was, on paper, a watch that addressed the issues of the individuals who wished to participate in famous jumping exercises. By most records, however, the 62MAS wasn’t known to be a particularly decent jumper because of spillage. All things considered, the 62MAS stayed nearby until the 1968 when it was supplanted a few watches. On the expert side, Seiko presented the 6215-7000 of every 1967, which was immediately supplanted by the fundamentally the same as 6159-7000 with a howdy beat development. These costly watches contained, monobloc cases, screw-down crowns and mineral glass precious stones and are exceptionally esteemed today. Truth be told, Seiko just delivered a 6159 reissue to commend the model’s 50th commemoration. On the more reasonable side, another 150M jumper was delivered in 1968 to straightforwardly supplant the 62MAS. This watch was the new Seiko 6105-8000.
If the 62MAS appeared as though a generally moderate piece, harking back to the 60’s, the Seiko 6105-8000 probably come across as a relative stunner. Gone was the Aquastar-style case in light of the fact that the 6105 introduced the utilization of a ground breaking c-case. Besides, Seiko got back to its Silver Wave days with the situating of the crown at 4:00; both the case shape and the crown area are signs of Seiko jumpers that exist even on the brand’s present models. Curiously, Seiko alluded to this crown in its inventories, settled into the side of the case, as “against catch”. It was additionally the first occasion when that Hardlex was utilized on a 150M Seiko jumper, and depicted as “deface oppose”, and is another component that is still with us today.
The Seiko 6105-8000 contains a bi-directional hour long jumper’s bezel with a lume pip at 12:00. It’s a genuinely weighty thing to turn in spite of without any snaps, yet that makes it undeniably more helpful than the moderately lightweight unit on this present watch’s archetype. Coming back to the crown, it’s marked “Seiko” in that stunning textual style, and isn’t a screw-down. Gracious, and on the off chance that you like that signature, note that this is the last model to contain it. The screw-down case back is a generally basic thing it actually comes up short on the wave that wouldn’t make its return until the mid-70’s on the 6309.
When taking a gander at the dial of the Seiko 6105-8000, in case you’re at all acquainted with the marque’s plan language, this one will not be a shock. Everything is profoundly decipherable on the dark dial and there’s little silliness at work. The huge, lumed hour files are applied and contain chrome plated encompasses. The date window is additionally encircled and outlines what appears to be a silver date wheel with dark textual style. The composition and the minutes track are printed and white, while the Seiko logo is applied in chrome. Our most loved “Suwa” image advances toward the zone simply above 6:00. The hands are basic chrome plated square shapes loaded up with lume and the lone “crazy” highlight is the compass seconds hand. It’s a fascinating “sharpened stone” shape with two territories loaded up with lume, then again, actually the deepest one is loaded up with red. It’s a truly decent add of shading on an extremely unmistakable dial. The greater part of these hands have blurred to the point that the two spots seem to be comparative, yet this piece actually provides us some insight with regards to what this watch genuinely resembled 48 years ago!
Inside the Seiko 6105-8000, we have the 6105 development. It’s striking for running at 21,600 bph and containing 17 gems. Regardless of whether it’s in early “A” structure or the later “B” form, this development doesn’t hack (in spite of the fact that, there appear to be some who feel that it is conceivable to see hacking in some extremely late versions), however the two of them contain a quickset date. Hauling the crown out one stop and pivoting changes the date. Likewise with most Seiko’s the 6105 can’t be handwound, yet it wakes up very quickly.
Going close-up with the Seiko 6105-8000 shows us case completing that is comprised of outspread twirls on the outdoors and cleaning on the sides. The twirled wrap up top is pleasantly done and this piece actually holds its sharp and characterized edges. In like manner, the dial shows extraordinary execution and the markers look great. The solitary thing repressing the view somewhat is a Hardlex gem with some scratches.
Now, I must be open here; up to this point, I’ve made no notice of the Seiko 6105-8000 replacement. The 6105-8110 that followed this piece in later 1970 is, for most gatherers, the 6105 to possess and many think it is the vintage Seiko jumper to claim. Truth be told, I’d wager that a reasonable number who own it don’t think about the 8000 that we’re examining today. I expounded on one that I bought exactly 6 years prior and I should admit that the later 8110 is an undeniably seriously fascinating watch from the outset. Its amoebic shape and colossal size makes it exceptionally extraordinary and an appearance in Apocalypse Now, acquiring it the moniker of “Commander Willard”, has presumably made the later piece more significant also. Yet, whenever compelled to pick between the two, I’m significantly nearer to considering it a pony race than at any other time. For what reason is that?
I appreciate the Seiko 6105-8000 in light of the fact that it’s the less complex decision when compared to its replacement. Also, it simply wears all the more comfortably for me. Though the 8110 can feel like somewhat of a chunk, the 8000 is undeniably more lithe.
It fits under a sleeve pleasantly and that is even while fitted on its unique 19mm waffle lash. At 41mm in breadth compared to the 44mm of the 8110, the thing that matters is emotional regardless of a similar thickness of 12.5mm and drag to carry of 48mm.
Plus, the Seiko 6105-8000 is definitely not a simple find. Head to your #1 sale site and see. Isn’t it obvious? The 8110/9 dwarfs 8000/9’s (the “9” renditions were for worldwide business sectors, incidentally) by a long shot. And afterward, attempting to locate a decent one raises the stakes further. As a more established watch, I guess that doesn’t help when contemplating the weakening rate and all the more significantly, the 8000/9 was made for less years than its replacement. For example, I purchased my initial 6105-8000 around 5 years prior and it’s simply a cobbled together watch. Everything in it is genuine, however there’s little beside the bezel, case and crown that are from a 8000/9.
I discovered this Seiko 6105-8000 as of late in Japan and I wound up going many rounds, along these lines expanding the closeout by almost 60 minutes, two or three bidders that were likely vendors. I finished paying a ton for this watch in Seiko terms and that implies generally $1,500. Indeed, unfortunately, the days are gone when a decent Seiko 6105, of any variation, could be found for $600-800, yet then investigate the state of this watch. The piece is from 1970 (I’ve clouded the chronic number) and is truly in excellent condition. The lume shows some exceptionally light maturing at the edges, however everything is fresh by and large and the general case condition is sharp and the first matte completion has been held. The Hardlex mineral gem shows some run of the mill scratches, however it’s a long way from waiting be supplanted. Indeed, even the scope hand holds its red color spot. Indeed, the watch was costly, however it’s a beautiful specimen.
With the Seiko 6105-8000, you have the genuine replacement to the 62MAS and a piece that set the plan language for the brand’s forthcoming sporting jump watches. Additionally, it’s an extraordinary wear and, as referenced, not the least demanding find. For reasons unknown – how about we consider it an overall reminder – Seiko is super hot right now with many committed authorities of Swiss-just watches at last turning their consideration towards the Japanese brand. In the event that you haven’t began looking, the 6105-8000 is a commendable one to consider adding now before they become even dearer.