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Seiko Grand Quartz 4842-8040 (sold)


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This 4842 is a very solidly made quartz - your watchmaker will love it! It was made in 1976, early on in the production run of the 48 base caliber, which spanned just four years.
In the first year of its production in 1975, only this 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 was introduced in 1977, ending the 8030/8040 production run in that year.
In 1978 Seiko introduced the twin quartz 9943, ending all of the 48xx caliber that year. The 48xx of the year before however remained a thicker and wider flaring watch (38x43x11mm!) and was more robust than its 9943 descendant - it is after all a Tanaka design. Therefore it already has a huge presence, apart from its very modern dimensions.
This 48xx-8041 has a definite "butch" personality to it as evidenced by its measurements of course... It is the definite early king of the 48s, as other variations like the 8110 are already smaller with lugs of 18mm instead of 19mm and dimensions of 36x40x10mm. Only one question now remains to be solved, there seems to be a slight variation between the 48xx-8040 and 48xx-8041... Apart from that pecadillo, this watch is thoroughly understood and 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 Silver linen 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 and runs to specs.
In my experience these single quartzes are among the most accurate vintages; the twin quartzes like the 99 series mentioned 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!

Manufacture: Seiko
Model:             Grand Quartz
Reference:      4842 8040
Movement:     Quartz at 15 Seconds PM
Serial No.:       5Dxxxx
Case:               Tanaka design 38x43x11mm without crown
Crystal:            Acrylic 31mm, Serial#: 310W44GN00
Dial:                  Silver Sunburst
Bracelet:          n.a. Leather strap, bracelet links: n.a.
Lugs & Clasp: 19mm lugs, springbar diameter: 1,8x18mm, clasp diameter: n.a., clasp pin: n.a.
Production:     1975
Condition:        06 - Fair: clean, moderate scratching case & crystal, easily polished
Service:            Not necessary
Box:                  No
Papers:             No