RARE Seiko 6119-8100 MAC-V SOG watch. 100% Original! Authentic Vietnam War Item
Please make sure to at the very least read the condition part of this (admittedly long) write up, as I have painstakingly described its condition in as much detail as I could. Up for sale today is a rather rare watch from the late 1960s. For those unaware, this watch has quite a storied history: it was the watch of choice for the US MAC-V SOG forces in Vietnam back in 1968, a watch they chose as to blend in better when behind enemy lines. For a deeper dive into its history, read this thread. Seiko expert Spencer Klein also has a great video on this watch as well. These were the watch of choice for the US Spec Ops forces as they needed something utilitarian yet civilian enough to blend in when they would be behind enemy lines. The case is approximately 37mm across and 10.5mm thick, its 42mm lug to lug, and has a lug width of 19mm. Many examples of these Ive seen in my searches online showed these on canvas NATO type straps, so to still have the original bracelet is quite rare! These also have a base metal, chrome plated case that was prone to damage and losing its plating from contact with skin, however the case on the watch up for sale today has no such damage aside from a few very small spots where the base metal is showing. These are all located on the bottom of the lugs, and are no larger than 0.5-1mm in size, if that. Please check the photos in the listing to best see this.
The original bracelet is in good condition considering its over 51 years old, but shows typical signs of wear; general scuffing and surface scratches cover the bracelet and clasp, however much of the original luster on the polished links remains. While the crystal does have some noticeable scuffs and scratches, none are very deep, and there are no cracks in the crystal. The largest scuff is directly at 12. I have refrained from polishing any of these scuffs out for the sake of keeping the watch in an as-found original condition, and to preserve the watch and its history.
Amazingly, the dial and handset are all in fantastic condition, with absolutely no signs of damage, and no indication of water or moisture damage of any kind! The lume remains clean and holds its vibrant green tint, and actually still glows! Again, check the included photos to see this. Whats great is the movement still has a long power reserve, upwards of 48 hours. This is rarely seen in vintage watches!
While the watch is in absolutely fantastic cosmetic condition, the movement unfortunately is in need of servicing. THE WATCH RUNS, however it runs fast, around an hour fast per day. Now the watch could just be magnetized, but I have not tested this nor opened up the back of the watch, as I do not want to mess with this piece and would rather sell it in an as-found original condition so that a vintage Seiko expert can work on this and restore the watch while also preserving its history and giving it the special care it deserves.
The item "RARE Seiko 6119-8100 MAC-V SOG watch. Authentic Vietnam War Item" is in sale since Sunday, November 24, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Wristwatches".
The seller is "out_of_the_blue_watches" and is located in Dallas, Georgia. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Band Material: Stainless Steel
- Brand: Seiko
- Year of Manufacture: 1960-1969
- Model: 6119-8100
- Case Size: 37 mm
- Face Color: Gray
- Lug Width: 19 mm
- Seller's Warranty: No
- Style: Military
- Case Finish: Chrome
- Dial Style: Arabic Numerals
- Age Group: Adult
- With Original Packaging: No
- Number of Jewels: 21 Jewels
- Watch Shape: Round
- Manufacturer Warranty: None
- Complications: Date Indicator
- Caseback: Snap
- Display: Analog
- Metal Purity: Not Applicable
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Japan
- Case Material: Brass
- Movement: Automatic (Self-Winding)
- Features: Acrylic Crystal
- Water Resistance: 50 m (5 ATM)
- Case Color: Silver
- Band Color: Silver
- Gender: Men's
- Certificate: No
- Band Type: Bracelet/Link Band