This 4842 is a truly magnificent quartz - your watchmaker will love it! With backnumber 60xxx it was made in the middle in the production run of the 48 base caliber, which spanned just four years.
In the first year of its production in 1975, only the Grand Quartz reigned supreme right next to the Quartz V.F.A with just three models, 8000/8010/8020, there were no other GQ calibers! The models 8030/8040 were introduced later in 1975 and made for just three years; they came with a thick steel band for the 4843 and with leather only for the 4840 & 4842. That setup never changed for this caliber. Even when the much daintier 48xx-8110 variation of this watch was introduced in 1977, ending the 8030/8040 production run in that year.
This 4842-5000 has a definite "butch" personality to it as evidenced by its measurements of course... It is a great early "king" of the 48s, with other variations like the 5100 just slightly smaller with lugs of 19mm instead of 20mm and smaller dimensions. This watch retailed for almost 1100 Euro in its day and one can see why. It still is functioning perfectly - a true testament to the unparalleled quality of these early Seiko Quartzes.
Describing this watch reminds one of just that. For instance, the thermo-compensation, due to its relative thickness, is still excellent after all these years. The gold diamond dust dial work of course is impeccable, truly a high end watch. You noticed the black striped hands? It gives this watch something extra..... great legibility and some "punch". And that punch is also implemented in the mechanics of this watch, it has that special Seiko gimmick of the "jumping seconds hand". This means that it will jump ahead 10 seconds when you pull the crown to adjust the time. It makes time setting so much easier!
The Grand Quartz at hand is fully original is not polished and runs to specs.
In my experience these single quartzes are among the most accurate vintages; the twin quartzes like the 99 series have the specs for sure, but after 40 years or so… build quality and robustness gain the upper hand. The early Grand Quartzes truly shine!
Category Grand Quartz