Today we investigate a Seiko 6105-8110 “Captain Willard”, however this one has a story that’s very fitting for today.  Happy Veterans Day!

I figure we would all be able to concur that bantering electronically is a genuinely cold and unoriginal method.  Plus, in its most noticeably terrible structure, it encourages individuals who are presumably in any case very gracious to act like jerks on friendly media.  But for all the misery our most famous techniques for communication get, it’s ideal to realize that you can “meet” some truly intriguing and true individuals without at any point really meeting them in person.  Such is today’s instance of a vintage Seiko 6105-8110 that has a pleasant story behind it.

If you follow our chronic article, Wrist Game or Crying Shame, you may review an article on the Seiko Marinemaster 300 .  As I do altogether of these articles, I recap the earlier week’s casting a ballot results.  In the Seiko article, I talked about the past week’s Rolex GMT-Master 16700 and I referenced that I had gotten some extraordinary correspondence and photographs from Captain Dean Baker.  Dean is right now a Delta chief and wears an awesome 1995 Rolex 16713 GMT-Master II in dark and gold that you see above.  We continued visiting, however, and he has a beautiful cool assortment of various watches.  He referenced that he possesses a vintage Seiko 6105-8110 (among some other vintage Seiko pieces) with some military history from its first proprietor and that the watch’s history likewise integrates with his own time as a US Naval aviator.  I was fascinated and inquired as to whether he’d mind sharing the story alongside some pictures.  Dean charitably did as such and I’ll put forth a valiant effort to recap the striking points.  But first, let’s invest some energy reviving your memory on the watch that Martin Sheen wore in Apocalypse Now  as “Captain Willard”.

The Seiko 6105-8110 was presented in approximately 1970 and was made for a generally prolonged stretch of time until 1976 (some say even until 1977).  With what I like to depict as a “amoebic” structure, the watch presented a case bulge as crown insurance at 4:00.  That uneven trademark is quite possibly the most eminent characteristics on this form of the 6105 and, as I would see it, set a plan standard that Seiko frequently decides to follow to this today.  notwithstanding what probably been an exceptionally extraordinary case at that point, Seiko decided to prepare the 150 meter water-safe jumper with a bespoke style of crown.  In lieu of a standard screw-down, the crown capacities more like a pike with a “push down and twist” securing it in place.  It wasn’t excessively powerful at keeping things dry, yet it is one of the additional beguiling parts of the watches.  Regarding the dial, these 6105’s kept the readable, essentially dark/white/silver look that Seiko presented exactly 5 years sooner with the 62MAS.  The equivalent can be said with the bi-directional outer bezel as it kept a plan as far as textual style and layout.  Inside sits a 17 gem programmed that includes a brisk set date, yet manages without hand twisting because of Seiko’s “magic lever” system.  We investigated the around 1976 model over that I own in one of our #TBT articles .

The Seiko 6105-8110 (and its indistinguishable – 8119) were famous watches in their day and offered a great deal of introductory capacity at a generally sensible price.  They were mainstream among sporting jumpers and troopers during the Vietnam time alike.  In conversing with previous proprietors, however, a considerable lot of them spilled during use at some point.  Still, finding a “Captain Willard” isn’t inconceivably troublesome, yet finding a decent one has become progressively tough.  And, normally, costs have ascended from the sub-$1,000 level to above and beyond twofold that for delightful examples.  Unlike my legit, yet all around worn model over, the watch we’ll see from Dean is in staggering shape.  Oh, and before it slips my mind, Seiko reissued this watch as a restricted release this year as the SLA033 to commend the model’s 50th birthday.  Now, let’s get to the story part…

Dean began the story and referenced that while in secondary school in California, he purchased a Seiko 6105-8119 for use during SCUBA plunging lessons.  It, alongside such countless jumpers of the time, at last failed horrendously because of water passage and Dean proceeded onward to another watch that he can’t at present recall.  However, he always remembered his first plunge watch.  Years after the fact, as an authority, he really got a vintage 6015-8000 (presented above on the right), the Captain Willard’s all the more generally molded predecessor.  He had it adjusted by notable Seiko watch fix master Spencer Klein of and evidently disclosed to him that if an – 8110/8119 at any point came in, he’d conceivably be keen on purchasing it.  Well, as we probably are aware, on the off chance that you ask, some of the time you receive!

In late 2015, a man of honor in Indiana was scavenging through his drawers searching for something when he unearthed his old plunge watch that he repurchased new in 1972.  That jump watch turned out to be a 1972 Seiko 6105-8110.  The individual hadn’t come across it in years and chose to go online to look into data on his watch and one of the main things he ran over was a YouTube video by, you got it, Spencer Klein.  It appeared to be that Spencer recalled Dean’s demand for a pleasant – 8110/8119 like he had utilized in secondary school during jump exercises and this appeared to fit the bill.  Soon, however, Dean would discover that the watch had a significantly closer association with his own past.

I referenced that Dean had invested energy in US Navy as an aviator.  Well, incidentally, in 1986, not long before he left the Navy for a task as a commercial pilot, he made his keep going plane carrying warship arriving on the celebrated CVA 64.  The Constellation (seen above) was a Kitty Hawk class transporter worked in 1956 that served until 2003.  It saw a few visits in Vietnam and was really there until the end and was dynamic until even after the Paris Peace Accords grabbed hold in January 1973.  The man of honor from Indiana with the Seiko 6105-8110 was really positioned on the USS Constellation during its last visits in Vietnam and bought this Seiko while serving and in the US carrier’s shop.  Needless to say, the association left Dean with no decision except for to purchase the watch.

Now, the Seiko 6105-8110 was purchased on a US Naval transporter, yet a brief glance will disclose to you that it was worn sparingly.  The first proprietor didn’t go into a huge load of detail on whether the watch really saw activity (he was ashore in Hanoi during some extremely troublesome periods), however made reference to the way that the Navy gave them 34mm Benrus watches and he liked to utilize these free watches in conceivably hurtful situations.  Still, it’s an incredible story, yet shouldn’t something be said about the watch itself?

As you can see on this from Mr. Klein, the Seiko 6105-8110 is in staggering condition.  The case is almost amazing along and shows the first outspread finishing.  I’d say that the case back additionally looks new.  The dial shows this watch as though it were made yesterday and that implies fresh white lume, brilliant chrome list encompasses and Seiko logo, and an excellent red “stoplight” pip on the compass hand.

It even highlights its unique elastic “waffle strap” that looks nearly unworn.  Mechanically, the watch required a common fix that’s likewise clarified in the video, however that’s not awful for a watch that hadn’t been contacted for almost 45 years!

No, this Seiko 6105-8110 isn’t Sheen’s unique watch and it didn’t accompany anybody on any single pivotal event, yet there’s no denying the luck that took place.  Dean reveals to me that he doesn’t wear the Seiko that regularly and he certainly utilizes an alternate tie to protect the old elastic, however I imagine that one would concur that the watch has wound up in a great place.  And at last, we’d be delinquent in the event that we didn’t thank both Dean and the watch’s unique proprietor for their service.  Happy Veterans Day!