Seiko's "Turtle" Sport Divers are widely recognized and need little introduction. As the brand's best-selling diver of all time, their popularity and reliability are undisputed. With a commanding presence and a distinctive appearance, owning a well-preserved example of this iconic diver is highly desirable. However, owning a well-preserved JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) version is even better. The 6306 model was produced alongside the 6309 export version, but its production ceased in 1981 when the latter was moved to Hong Kong. This resulted in a short five-year window to acquire one of these rarer domestic variants. In addition to featuring a Kanji day wheel, the JDM "Turtle" is equipped with an upgraded 21-jewel, hacking 6306 movement. In contrast, the export counterpart, while capable, comes with a 17-jewel, non-hacking 6309 movement. The exemplary piece from May 1979 that we offer is truly exceptional.
The dial, in a pristine matte black finish, is breathtaking, and the large original luminous hour markers have developed a subtle creamy patina, complementing the broad polished hands perfectly. The bezel insert displays minimal signs of wear, and the bezel itself rotates smoothly in both directions. The crown and case back screw down tightly, and following a recent service, the 6306 maintains impeccable timekeeping.
To complete the watch's functional and comfortable appeal, we have paired it with a "Tropic" style strap. Don't miss out on this opportunity to add a legendary timepiece to your collection.
SOLD - Seiko Diver 3rd 6306-7001
The diver is in near-mint condition: The case is strong with just some light scratches. The dial is the main attraction here as it is very clean and the hands are still intact.
The bracelet is in very good condition and has few scratches and still retains its sharp edges.
MODEL: Turtle Diver 3rd
DIAL: Original black dial
CASE MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
CASE DIMENSIONS: 44 mm Diameter, 12.0mm thickness , 22mm Lug Width
CRYSTAL: Mineral Crystal
CASE BACK: Screw-in Stainless Steel
MOVEMENT: Seiko Automatic Cal. 6306A
Manufacturing date: May 1979
Service History: Serviced, +5s/day
Bracelet/Strap: Original Seiko DAL1PB rubber strap