The Seiko 6105-8110 Captain Willard is probably one of the most highly regarded diving or tool watches from the 1970s. Seiko has amassed an impressive repertoire of dive watches, with none more recognisable and revered than the Seiko 6105. The 6105 has become the undisputed definitive Seiko dive watch that influenced numerous Seiko pieces that followed. And the example you can see here is known as the “Willard” after Martin Sheen (Captain Willard) wore one in the Vietnam masterpiece, Apocalypse Now.
These watches nearly always had a tough time; consequently, finding ones that are still in good condition or like ours worth refurbishing, can be a challenge. So what’s the score with this one?
Ours was manufactured in November 1976. The case has scratches but remains unpolished. Likewise the case back. The bezel has dinks. The dial and hands have aged, showing wonderful “wabbi”, and the lume has degraded. Featuring a 41mm cushion case with a signed crown situated at 4 o’clock, with a matte finish on top and polished sides, the watch sits well on the wrist, belying its size. What we have done is give the watch to a very experienced Seiko watchmaker who has given the hacking movement a full service. He also replaced the crystal with a brand new Type II Hardlex Crystal which makes that aged dial really pop. The new waffle strap is also a perfect replica of the original. We have also included the steel bracelet that was with the watch originally (see the photos). It is an original Seiko bracelet being a Z039, so the bracelet is from a 6138-0030 (Kakume) or (Big Blue). Not a bad option for when you want to change it up a little!
The 6105 Willard’s blend of history, durability and style makes for a truly exceptional piece that is perfect for dive watch enthusiasts or anyone who wants a comfortable, tough historic timepiece.