Seiko Bellmatic

Seiko Bellmatic

In 1881, Kintarō Hattori opened a watch and jewelry shop in the Ginza neighborhood of Tokyo. At first he did business under his own name. But eleven years later, in 1892, he began to produce clocks under the name Seikosha, which translates roughly to, "House of Exquisite Workmanship"

Throughout its history, Hattori’s company has lived up to its name. The first watches produced under the Seiko brand appeared in 1924. All aspects of these wristwatches were produced in house, from the movements and hands, to the lubricant oils and luminous compounds.

Seiko continued this pursuit of the exquisite throughout the first half of the 20th century. Quietly, and without much fanfare, the manufacture produced thoughtfully-executed watches to equal their Swiss counterparts. But the late 1960s saw their achievements being broadcast on a global scale, as Official Timekeeper for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

In November 1966, Seiko released the Bell-Matic line of alarm watches in Japan. Though Vulcain and Jaeger-LeCoultre were the first Swiss manufactures to release an alarm wristwatch, Seiko surpassed that with the Bell-Matic. At the time of its release, the Bell-Matic (Reference 4006-7000) was the world’s first alarm wristwatch with a central automatic rotor.

Seiko continued to produce the Bellmatic until 1978, in a variety of dials and cases. Some versions contained 27-jewel movements, while others, meant for export, contained a reduced 17-jewel movement owing to export restrictions. But no matter the jewel count of the movement, the watches were made with the care and precision that marked Seiko’s offerings.

This beautiful example delivers on the promise of the Bellmatic all around. It pairs a nicely-proportioned stainless-steel cushion case with a beautiful silver sunburst dial. The inner rotating bezel is used to set the alarm (with the orange marker at 12 o’clock). This beauty even comes with the original Seiko-signed bracelet.

Throughout their history Seiko has managed to uphold their founding principle of “exquisiteness,” producing beautiful and groundbreaking watches, and it’s pieces like the Bellmatic that are recognized as landmark watches of history, embodying Mr. Hattori's original ethos.  


SKU: TT01189

Stainless steel case is approximately 37mm (excluding crown). Seiko Reference 4006-6039. Circa 1970s.

Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in very good condition overall showing minor signs of use and wear in keeping with its age. Dial (including rotating bezel) is in very good condition with no major signs of discoloration or hand drag. Unsigned crown. Signed Seiko case back has some scratches and one deep tool mark but is in otherwise good condition.

Includes one 19mm original Seiko bracelet.

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