About This Watch:
Released in July 1965, the Seiko Diver “62 MAS” was the first true Japanese dive watch. Its name comes from the first two digits of the reference number and the watch's full name, as advertised in the Seiko catalog, the AutoMAtic Self-Dater. Features such as the large 6.5mm crown and quick-set date set the 62 MAS apart from other dive watches produced during this era.
The History: Seiko began its rich history in 1881 when Kintaro Hattori opened a shop repairing and selling watches in central Tokyo. Eleven years later, he opened a factory called the Seikosha Factory and began building wall clocks and later pocket watches. After an earthquake and fire destroyed the original factory, Hattori reopened with a new vision, which became the beginnings of what we know as Seiko today. A true pioneer in watchmaking, Seiko developed the first Japanese-made divers watch.
The Watch: The Seiko 62 MAS features a 37mm stainless steel case with a Plexiglas crystal. The dial features a grey sunburst pattern with applied rectangle lumed hour markers, stick hands, and a date window at the 3 o’clock position. The 62 MAS is powered by the self-winding Calibre 6217A movement.
The Details: This 1967 Seiko 62 MAS Ref 6217-8001 is in very good condition, with wear on the case, lugs, and case back that is consistent with a timepiece of this age. The bezel has some scratches between the 25 and 30 markings and some other smaller marks visible in the photographs. The lume plots have begun to develop patina, as we all on the hour and minute hands. This piece has recently had the movement serviced and is functioning properly. Included is a black rubber strap with buckle.