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Just discovered that some Seiko Divers are rare and valuable. Went looking in my dresser drawer for the one I bought in Japan on R&R from Vietnam in late 1967. Sure enough it's a 6215-7000 (SerNo 7600302). I'm not a diver so it was seldom worn and not at all since 1975. Spotless face and back - slight surface scratches on the sides. When I examined it in 1975 it would not stay wound over night. A local (Tampa,Fl) dealer sent it to N.Y. for service and shortly after I got it back the strap broke and back in the dresser it went. Been wearing it the past week or so - seems to run well if a little slow (loses a minute every day or two). How do I find out what its fairly worth and safely sell it. I'm not a collector or enthusiast so I only know what I've been able to Google the past week. Would appreciate any comments. Thanks. Regards, George
 

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That could be worth serious money (in the multiple thousands). Take your time and do your research before selling.

Oh, and post some pics here so we can take a look at it.
 

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Will post pictures as soon as I figure out how to do that



Working on getting better focus - the strap with the book is the one that broke around 1975 - I don't recall ever changing straps until I put on this cheap one to wear to see if it still works - still ticking.

Got a box but don't believe it is the original - no SEIKO logo.
 

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Post of The Century...Original Owner of one of the most prized Seiko Divers in my Book :) And talk about Book, The Manual is intact. Is there a Box by Chance ?
 

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Man that is totally awesome! I was extremely happy to get my hands on a 6217-8001. If I was able to get my hands on a 6215-7000 I would be one happy dude. Awesome find and thanks for sharing. Like the other asked I would like to see the dial also.

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We could have a mystery solved here. I assume the picture is of the original strap that broke, if so it's a 19mm swiss made Tropic, which by the balance of probabilities also means that the catalogue picture of the 6217-8001 is on a swiss made Tropic. Who'd of imagined Seiko would fit swiss straps to their premier dive watches back then!

What do you chaps think?
 

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We could have a mystery solved here. I assume the picture is of the original strap that broke, if so it's a 19mm swiss made Tropic, which by the balance of probabilities also means that the catalogue picture of the 6217-8001 is on a swiss made Tropic. Who'd of imagined Seiko would fit swiss straps to their premier dive watches back then!

What do you chaps think?
That would be great because I would love to fit my 6217-8001 with the original band if possible. It is so nice to see pictures with posts of unmolested original watches. very valuable information.

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I think you should keep it. You have a story to tell about your watch and the history behind it. I for one would love to hear about your time in Vietnam over a few drinks down the local pub. You can't put a price on this watch with the original owner still in possession.
 

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George, my advice, which is free and if you don't like double your money back, is to hold on to this for a while. Realize that it is an integral part of your life and a valuable watch at that.

Wear it and see if it begins to resonate as a reminder of your life's journey. If it is still 'just a watch', jump back right here on this forum and sell it to a true Seiko diver collector who can truly appreciate it. Please not on ebay - that's where speculators and watch resellers cruise for prey.

I hope it finds it's way back into being something special in your life.
 

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George, my advice, which is free and if you don't like double your money back, is to hold on to this for a while. Realize that it is an integral part of your life and a valuable watch at that.

Wear it and see if it begins to resonate as a reminder of your life's journey. If it is still 'just a watch', jump back right here on this forum and sell it to a true Seiko diver collector who can truly appreciate it. Please not on ebay - that's where speculators and watch resellers cruise for prey.

I hope it finds it's way back into being something special in your life.
I agree. Unless you really need the money keep it. A watch is an intimate object that can connect you to important periods in your life.
 
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