Seiko's reference 6117 stands as one of our absolute favorite world-timer watches ever produced. Manufactured during the late 1960s and early 1970s, these timepieces flawlessly combine a captivating case design, a robust Japanese-made movement, and a visually stunning dial and bezel arrangement, all offered at an incredible value.
In late 1969, Seiko embarked on the production of the third series of their mechanical World Time watches. This series underwent a comprehensive redesign, encompassing a new case and crown, an updated bracelet, fresh dial finishes, redesigned hands, and an improved bezel.
A notable enhancement was the introduction of the upgraded 6117B movement, which introduced a hacking feature. This particular model represents the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) variant of the watch.
Crafted around July 1970, this World Time timepiece showcases a captivating charcoal dial embellished with subtle linen texture and a striking red 24-hour ring. It is presented in its original, untouched condition and has recently undergone a thorough mechanical servicing, ensuring its readiness for any adventures that lie ahead.
While this model is commonly referred to as the "Error bezel," it may surprise you to learn that it technically isn't an error. Early watches produced until the end of 1971 featured London and GMT listed at different positions on the time zone dial. This discrepancy resulted from the British Standard Time experiment, in which Britain remained on GMT+1 throughout the year. However, this configuration was reverted in late 1971, and when London returned to GMT time in 1972, the bezel was once again updated to accurately reflect this change.
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SOLD - Seiko World Time GMT 6117-6040
This example is from July of ‘70 is completely original and it is in mint condition. The hands and applied markers are in great shape and brightly polished aside from the bold red of the contoured GMT hand.
The case has no visible scratches and offers great vintage appeal through its tonneau-style architecture and large 41mm diameter. The crown is set flush against the case, and in the neutral position can be turned in either direction to rotate the inner bezel.
The bracelet has light scratches and the original sticker on the clasp is still there.
It’s unpolished with crisp corners and still attached to the original “Railroad” style bracelet. The hacking 6117B is a workhorse movement built to last and is keeping near-perfect time.
The glass has a few hairline scratches but doesn't impair visibility.
Model: Word Time GMT
Year: July 1970
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 41mm diameter; 12mm thickness
Caliber: Automatic 6117B
Service History: Serviced, +10 seconds/day
Bracelet/Strap: Original Seiko "Railroad" Bracelet with the correct XAA371 end links
Lug width: 20mm