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Seiko King Quartz 4822-8000 - rare! (Sold)


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Category King Quartz Tags Sold
Manufacture Seiko
Model King Quartz
Reference 4822-8000
Movement 9 jewels Quartz at +0,2 spd (the last 80 days!)
Battery SR43SW ~386
Serial No. 5NXXXX
Case Stainless Stainless Steel, Tanaka design 36x42x11mm
Crystal Mineral
Dial White linen
Bracelet Leather, basic strap only (not the one depicted!)
Lugs 19mm
Production 1975-11
Condition Very good
Service 2018, New crystal, new battery, new battery hatch gasket
Box No
Papers No

This 4822, like its co-habitant the 5855/6 in the Japanese catalogues of 1975, is a rare quartz these days. It is a thicker watch than its more numerous descendant the 5856. To be sure, it has huge presence and its thermo-compensation, due to its relative thickness, is still excellent after all these years.

The Silver linen dial work is impeccable, this truly is a high end watch. You noticed of course black striped hand? It gives this watch something extra..... great legibility and some "punch". 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!

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 King Quartzes truly shine!

The King Quartz at hand is fully original with a new leather strap, is not polished and runs to specs.