This 4823-8120 is a very solidly made quartz, slightly thicker 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 most outstanding feature however is the extra quality level achieved here by Seiko, the case is made of hardened steel and on top of that a hardlex crystal, a combination that has withstood the test of time marvelously.
The dial work of course is impeccable, this truly is a high end watch featuring Seiko's famous snowflake dial - it was reserved for only a few select watches. But it goes on, you noticed of course the black tip 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 with bracelet, is not polished and runs to specs.