Seiko World Timer

Seiko World Timer

All proceeds of this sale go to the Horological Society of New York!

The immediacy of jet travel—and the frequency at which transatlantic and transcontinental flights occurred—made it necessary for travelers to have a type of wristwatch that could display two timezones at once.

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, brands scrambled to produce watches that had a fixed 24-hour hand to indicate a second time zone. However, some brands used a design produced by Swiss watchmaker Louis Cottier in the 1930s. These wristwatches employed rotating discs that displayed the world’s timezones, with names of major cities to represent each region.

In the 1960s, Seiko capitalized on the success of those early world timer wristwatches and released the Reference 6217. Released in 1964, to commemorate the Tokyo Olympics, the 6217 allowed the wearer to "know the time everywhere on earth, instantly," according to the ad campaign that introduced it. The 6217 displayed twenty-four time zones on a bezel that rotated via the crown, with cities to represent each time zone.

Seiko produced the 6217 up until the late 1960s. The 6217 was followed by the Reference 6117-6010 featured here. Now powered by the hacking 6117B movement, the Reference 6117-6010 ran through the 1970s. 

This particular World Time features a gorgeous silver with subtle linen texturing and a black-and-blue 24 hour ring, and cities in black or bright blue. The 6117 World Time brings together a great case design, robust Japanese-made movement, and a stunning layout for a bargain price. Strapped to your wrist, it's a perfect companion, whether you're a world-traveler or just have a fondness for this awesome complication.


SKU: TT01174

Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is approximately 38mm (excluding crown). Seiko Reference 6117-6010. Seiko Caliber 6117B. Circa 1979.

Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in very good condition with sharp bevels on the lugs and no signs of over-polishing. Case does have minimal signs of use and wear in keeping with age and use. Dial is in very good condition with no signs of major discoloration or hand drag. Unsigned crown. Seiko case back has some signs of wear but is in otherwise good condition.

Includes one 19mm generic stainless steel bracelet. Bracelet has signs of wear but is in otherwise good condition. Also includes two 19mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle

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