Seiko Grand Quartz 4843-5011 (Sold)

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Seiko Grand Quartz 4843-5011 (Sold)

Een bericht gedeeld door Vintageseiko.nl (@collectionist0) op 18 Aug 2020 om 5:27 (PDT)


About Details and then some
Manufacture Seiko Grand Quartz
Model reference QNK030 4843-5011
Movement Quartz
Caliber 4843
Dial Silver Paper
Case 35x42x11mm Steel
Lugs 20mm
Bracelet Leather Not the croc depicted
Crystal serial # SA0W46GN00 Hardlex
Timegrapher Accuracy:+0,3spd
Jewels 9
Serial # 6Nxxxx Production: 1976-11
Condition Excellent
Service Full service
Box & Papers No box No papers


The 4843 is a very solidly made quartz - your watchmaker will love it! The production run of the 48 base caliber spanned just four years so they are becoming highly collectible! The 4843-5011 however, even more so... read on.

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 8030/8040/8041 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 8030/8040/8041 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 is also translates into the bracelet mentioned, which was uniquely designed for 1976/77 only. It is a very heavy, very tight bracelet - almost like those of the King Seiko Vanac of the day.

Back to the -5011 however. This watch 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 5100 are already smaller with dimensions of 35x40x10mm.

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!