The Date Wheel - Changes over the Years

SEIKO World Time watches from 1964 through 1976

A detailed look at all of the changes made to the date wheels throughout the years

Comparing the Two Date Wheels


There are two date wheels used in the mechanical generation of SEIKO World Time watches from 1964 to 1976. Both are white with black printing.

The first was introduced on the 6217-7000 in 1964, and was also used on the 6217-7010 models, including the Asian Games special edition, the 1967 re-edition of the Olympic torch case back, and the standard versions produced in 1967.

The second date wheel was introduced in 1968 with the release of the 6117-6010 and the 6117-6019 models, and were subsequently used on all 6117-640X models through the end of production in 1976.

Here is a side-by-side comparison of the two date wheels.

Here is the 6217 date wheel
Here is the 6117 date wheel

A closer look, specific days


Here is a utility that will allow you to compare a specific date on each date wheel.

Click here to spin the date wheel forward. Click here spin the date back.

NOTE: These date wheel images are not perfect. You will notice a slight misalignment as you rotate through the days. Essentially some of dates will look like they are not quite level / flat in the simulated date window. This (of course) should never be the case on an actual watch! The general shape of the font used for each number is not affected and should still be helpful for validation and/or comparison purposes.

Here is the 6217 date view
Here is the 6117 date view
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