This is the story of a project that started more than a year ago. That’s when I bought the vintage Seiko diver 6105-8119 in the picture. At the time, it had a very well preserved case; a strong, solid caseback with a clear, deep Suwa logo; a perfect original dial with a wonderful greenish patina; original hands with matching patina; and a well-kept movement. It also had a completely monkeyed-with sweep hand, an awful crystal, and an after-market bezel. So, little by little, my great friend Seth from @hubcityvintage and I started the arduous and patient task of finding the missing parts for the watch. We found a NOS sweep and a brand-new crystal. Then Seth worked his magic in cleaning and servicing the movement, bringing it to a healthy +6 seconds a day. Not bad at all for a caliber made in Feb. 1971. The only thing I haven’t been able to track down is a NOS—or used-but-in-great-condition—original bezel. But I haven’t given up. So, if you have an orignal bezel to sell, please DM me! Why do I like this watch so much? A little background explains it: The 6105 series marks the second generation of divers after the 1965 introduction of the grail 6217 (known as the 62MAS). The 6105 series was produced between 1968 and 1977, and it entails both the 6105-8000/9 and the 6105-8110/9, famously worn by Captain Willard, played by Martin Sheen in the movie Apocalypse Now (to be specific, he wore a 6105-8010. But there's no real discernible difference between the 8119 and the 8110, except the region in which they were marketed). The 8000/9s are a bit smaller, and were released before the more famous 8110/9s, which have an asymmetric case, making them, technically, the third generation of Seiko’s so-called “150M Divers” (as opposed to the Professional series, which started with the 6215-7000 in 1967, a 300M diver). The case is cushion-like, and clearly the predecessor of the 6306/6309-7XXX series (manufactured between 1976 and 1988), also known as the original “Turtle Divers.” All in all, an incredible piece of Seiko diving history. Current soundtrack: Benny Benack III’s “Jumpstart.” Good morning, #WatchFam!