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Seiko King Quartz 4822-8000 (Sold)


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Category King Quartz Tags 1975 Sold
Manufacture Seiko
Model King Quartz
Reference 4822-8000
Movement 9 jewels Quartz
Battery SR43SW ~386
Serial No. 5NXXXX (1975-11)
Case Stainless Steel, Tanaka design 37x42x11mm
Crystal Mineral
Dial Navy Blue
Bracelet Leather only, not the one depicted.. but new
Lugs 19mm
Production 1975-11
Condition Very good
Service Fully serviced 2018
Box No
Papers No

This 4822, like its co-habitant the 5855/6 in the Japanese catalogues of 1975, is a very solidly made quartz (your watchmaker will love it!). It is however a thicker watch than its 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 blue navy dial is impeccable, this truly is a high end watch. You noticed of course the white 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 to the next minute marker when you pull the crown to adjust the time - that could mean just a couple of seconds, or 10 at the max.. It makes time setting so much easier! This watch however has a slight misalignment in this function - it will simply jump ahead 10sec from the current position. Practically it makes no difference of course, time setting is just as easy.

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.