Seiko 5 6309 "Nautilus"
At first glance, the Seiko 5's Nautilus-like case caught my eye. I think whoever's a fan of the Patek Philippe legend will see some semblance in this guy.
The two-tone has long faded from this 40 year-old beater, but whatever's left has aged really nice and evenly. The case actually wraps around the dial, giving a very nice sense of depth and adding to the appeal of the watch.
The screw-on case back has really been used, and the only digits for the serial number I can make out is the 4 at the start.
Gold baton hour markers and simple baton hands dresses up the watch with a minimalist touch. The characteristic Seiko 5 DayDate window sits at its typical 3O' position, while faceted square markers don the 12 and 6O'.
And just when I thought that was it, something peculiar caught my attention. At the right angle, you get to see another side of this Seiko 5 "Nautilus". While the dial might look jetblack at first glance, light bouncing off at an angle reveals a two-textured checkered design.
Alternating between brushed and polished boxes, the reveal gives the watch owner something private to share with like-minded watch lovers.
The playful Seiko 5 "Nautilus" is delivered with a banded bracelet, making it very comfortable to wear, and very complementary to the case I might say.
1984 Vintage Seiko 5 6309 "Nautilus"
Hour, minute, second hands with day-date display
Eng/Spn day display
Two-texture checkered black dial
35mm stainless steel two-tone case
19mm lug width
6309A automatic @ 21,600vph
Seiko stainless steel bracelet