The 2nd Series - SEIKO World Time

Model No. 6217-7010

The 2nd Series SEIKO World Time was the first became the first "standard" edition world time from SEIKO, manufactured in 1967.

The Seiko World Time 6217-7010, Standard Edition


December 1967, Black Dial, non-original bracelet
December 1967, Case back, non-original bracelet

In 1967 SEIKO continued production of the new case design, originally introduced in the 1966 Asian Games watch, but now with a standard horseshoe case back. This was the first time a non-commemorative case back was used on the World Time models, perhaps indicating a desire to transition this special edition watch to a standard offering in SEIKO's product line.

An odd year


1967 was an unique and perhaps odd year for Seiko's World Timer production. As of this writing it is not clear just how many model variations were made in this year, but there were possilby several, as follows:

  • It looks like perhaps no watches were produced in January
  • In February and May we see only dark grey dial variants (nearly all) with lume on the hands and dial (like the one shown throughout this article). The Serial Number scheme is 7-digits
  • In June we see silver dial variants without lume on hands or dial, also with the 7-digit Serial Number scheme
  • In November and December we see examples of the silver and grey dial variants with lume on hands and dial (like in May), but now with a 6-digit Serial Number scheme

And of course in May - December we also see the re-edition of the 6217-7000 (1964 model) with an updated case back, still with Olympic torch - and many examples with lumed hands, but no lume on the dials - and possibly the use of a red GMT hand without lume.

Uncertainty in Original Attributes


This specific model presents several challenges when attempting to authenticate / confirm originality. First, there are no known catalog scans, and no sale/marketing materials or manufacturer's photos of this model have surfaced. This is true for both the Asian Games commemorative edition from 1966 and the standard horseshoe case back edition from 1967.

Second, cataloged variants include some with 6217-7010 standard case backs and previous model (6217-7000) dials and hand sets (without lume and with prior model dial codes), but sporting the updated cities bezel. It seems likely that the Asian Games version is a valid example of SEIKO using the previous model's dial and handset in the new case and with new bezel. It is however unclear if this continued with the standard horseshoe case backs in 1967.

Finally, finding examples of this model for sale are exceedingly rare and demonstrate little or no consisistency, for instance in bracelet or strap used. Even the serial number scheme is changed in (perhaps) November from a 7-digit scheme to a 6-digit one.

The focus of this article are the examples with case back and dial's marked 7010.

Table of Contents


Key Statistics



38.5mm

Watch Case Size w/o Crown


45mm

Lug to Lug Measurement


Rare

Rarity Index Among Cataloged Examples is 10.0 out of 10


17

Total Examples Cataloged


2.7%

Percentage of all Cataloged Mechanical Examples

Top-line Sales Info


  • 38.5mm stainless steel case
  • In-house movement: 6217A – 17 jewel automatic, 2.5Hz / 18,000 bph
  • Date display at 3-o'clock w/ quick change at second position of the crown
  • Waterproof to 30m
  • 2-way Diashock protection
  • Offered in silver linen and black sunburst dial options with applied indices
  • Luminous paint applied to the dial and hands for legibility in the dark
  • Unknown MSRP

The Case


The 6217-7010 has a larger, revised case compared with the 6217-7000. The case itself is 38.5mm wide (vs 37.5mm on the 6217-7000), and the case back is a screwdown type instead of a snap-on. This case was first used in the 1966 Asian Games commemorative version, with the 1967 cases getting the standard Seiko horseshoe caseback for the first time.

38.5mm wide not including the crown
45mm lug to lug
19mm lug width for bracelet
Approximately 11.6mm thick with crystal

The Dial and Hands


While the Asian Games special edition watch takes credit for being the first 6217-7010 model designation (in August 1966), it was these later 6217-7010's' in 1967 that received the updated dial and handset. Both dials (silver and black) remained nearly identical to their prior versions, with added circular dots of lume at the inside edge of each hour marker. The dial code designation was also updated to read: JAPAN 6217 | 7010TAD.

Similarly, the hour and minutes hands retain their previous shape, this time with strips of applied lume. The tapered GMT hands retired completely, with all examples now using the thin variety for this series.

Updated Silver dial
JAPAN 6217-7010TAD
Updated Black dial
JAPAN 6217-7010TAD
Updated Black dial
JAPAN 6217-7010TAD

NOTE: There appear two be two variations of the black dial's 24-hour ring. One has a more copper/gold or yellow tone on the bottom half, the other a more reddish bronze tone. It is unclear if these are examples of the same dial, with some having faded over time, or in fact different color options.

The dial has circled areas where the lume is applied. In some lume spots the edge of these circles can be seen where the lume is not applied perfectly centered.
You can just make out the white circles on the dial for the lume spots at 9 o'clock (bottom left of photo) and 11 o'clock (next to the S in SEIKO).
Close-up of dial code on black dial
JAPAN 6217-7010TAD

The Cities Bezel


The reference cities were also updated, with Rangoon and Bangkok switching inner/outer ring positions. Singapore was added. On the silver version, the inner cities were changed from black to blue, while the outer cities remain in black.

The previous silver bezel from the 6217-7000
The updated silvee bezel for the 6217-7010
The previous black bezel for the 6217-7010
The updated black bezel from the 6217-7000

Follow the link below for a more detailed look at the evolution of the cities bezel:

Original Bracelets


As of this writing, it is unclear which bracelet options were offered with the 1967 versions of the 6217-7010. To-date no sales or marketing literature has been found and no original NOS watches identified.

Estimated Total Production


This model is particularly tricky for estimating production numbers. It appears that perhaps from Feburary through at least June SEIKO was using a consecutive numbering scheme that may not have reset with each month and may have been shared across different models. In November (perhaps earlier) SEIKO switched to a 6-digit serial number scheme, but current data is too thin to determine if the production counts reset in Decemeber.

Using the standard calculation (the highest production number in each month), as many as 74,359 of these watches were produced, though the actual number is likely much, much lower.

Click here to view the cataloged examples.

Resale Value


Please note:

  • This scale is a derivative of the Hagerty Classic Car Condition Rankings, adapted for watches. It is an attempt to keep it simple. They explain it really clearly here (albeit in car terms): Car Conditions: What The Numbers Mean.
  • Almost no one owns or has even seen a condition 1 example of this watch in at least a few decades. Most of what is sold online today are condition 4 and 5 watches - if you think you have a gem, it is most likely a 3.
  • While many enthusiasts spend inordinate amounts of time chasing down the best deal, digging through the dark corners of the internet, local antique shops and estate sales, and are ok fixing things up themselves... a lot of others would like to just know what a clean example is worth from a reputable source - that's what these are. Think of them as the price you would expect to pay if you saw one of these under the glass at your favorite local watch shop.
  • All values assume OEM parts or all original examples. After market dials, mismatched bracelets etc will reduce the value, in some cases substantially. For example a non-original bracelet can reduce the overall value by 10-20%, a non-original dial may reduce resale value by 80% or more.
  • Finally, gold-tone variations (these are not gold plated, but rather gold colored base metal) command a much lower resale value, from 50% to 80% less than equivalent examples in stainless steel.
Rank Description and Value

1

Condition 1
EXCELLENT

A perfect original (NOS) that has been professionally serviced and where all components are functioning as new; also a watch that has been restored to current maximum professional standards of quality in every area, showing no signs of wear; a 95-plus point show piece that isn't worn.
$4,000+ USD

2

Condition 2
FINE

Well-restored or a combination of superior restoration and excellent original, where any replacement parts are strictly OEM; also, an extremely well-maintained original showing very minimal wear, or NOS that has not been professionally serviced.
$1,500 USD

3

Condition 3
VERY GOOD

Completely operable original or "older restoration" showing wear; also, a good amateur restoration, all presentable and serviceable inside and out. Plus combinations of well-done restoration and good operable components or a partially restored watch with all parts necessary to complete a restoration and / or valuable NOS parts.
$1,200 USD

4

Condition 4
GOOD

A wearable watch needing no work to be functional; also, a deteriorated restoration or a poor amateur restoration. All components may need restoration to be "excellent", but the watch is usable "as is".
$800 USD

5

Condition 5
TO RESTORE

Needs complete restoration; may or may not be running, but isn't rusted, wrecked or stripped to the point of being useful only for parts.
$300 USD

6

Condition 6
FOR PARTS

May or may not be running, but is weathered, wrecked and/or stripped to the point of being useful primarily for parts.
$200 USD
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