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Seiko King Quartz 4823-5000 (Sold)


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Category King Quartz Tags 1976 Sold
Manufacture Seiko
Model King Quartz
Reference 4823-5000
Movement 9 jewels Quartz
Battery SR43SW ~386
Serial No. 63XXXX
Case Stainless Steel, Tanaka design 36x42x11mm
Crystal Mineral
Dial Black
Bracelet XAB900
Lugs 18mm
Production 1976-03
Condition Good
Service New crystal, new battery, new battery hatch gasket
Box No
Papers No

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This 4823, like its co-habitant the 5855/6 in the Japanese catalogues of 1976, 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 black dial with the asymmetrical mask around it is great, this truly is a high end watch. You noticed of course the white hands? 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, is not polished and runs to specs.