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Seiko Speedtimer 'UFO'

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Why We Love It

Seiko makes fantastic watches. Pure and simple.

From the rare as hen's teeth Hi-Beat 6159 to the film-famous 6105 and 6309 models to the economy workhorse SXK007, Japanese watchmakers perfected incredibly well-made tool watches decades ago - and at prices that make the most diehard Swiss watch fans question their spending habits.

This piece, a Reference 6138-0011, dates to circa 1976 and features a 44mm stainless steel round case with hooded lugs, a black tachymeter bezel with red accents, a matte black dial with stacked silver subsidiary registers with a matching handset, a matching and correct stainless steel 'H-link' bracelet with a signed expanding blade clasp, and last but certainly not least, Seiko's automatic-winding day-date chronograph movement within - operated by ultra-cool piston pushers. What more do you need?

With a very funky period-style and excellent functionality, it's not hard to see why these 1970s Seiko chronographs are developing a cult following.

These are wonderful timepieces that represent just about everything that we love about vintage and are overlooked by many. Don't make that mistake!

The Seiko Story

For over 140 years, Seiko has been cranking out innovative and impeccably engineered watches at every price point, from entry-level Seiko 5s to world-class haute horlogerie pieces under the Grand Seiko brand. Underpinning the company’s efforts has been the mass production of reliable and accurate movements paired with a wide array of case and dial configurations. 

Founded in 1881 by clockmaker and businessman Kintarō Hattori in Tokyo, Japan as “K. Hattori,” Seiko began importing Western timepieces and selling them in the local market. In 1892, Hattori changed the name of the firm to Seikosha (“house of exquisite workmanship”), which was further altered to “Seiko” in 1924. Following the Second World War, during which Seiko produced watches for the Japanese military, the company began its streak of innovations based upon affordable, in-house movements and Japanese savoir faire. These included myriad dive watches such as the famed 6105 and the fan-favorite 6139 chronograph. 

Later, in 1969, Seiko would go on to produce the Astron, the world’s first quartz watch. This technological innovation was followed by the Seiko Kinetic in the 1980s, which married quartz accuracy with automatic, self-powering functionality. Today, Seiko’s product offerings are vast, including dress watches, dive watches, chronographs and much more, all of which are powered by in-house movements comprising different types of technology.  

Despite a move toward luxury positioning and pricing in the brand’s modern offerings, vintage Seiko classics can still be had at incredibly reasonable prices today, making them a favorite entry point into the vintage watch world for myriad collectors. From their availability in post exchanges on military bases around the world to their fame from films such as Apocalypse Now to their presence at six Olympic Games, Seiko watches are deeply ingrained in the consciousness of the contemporary collector.

Seiko Speedtimer 'UFO'