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Seiko King quartz 5856-5020 (Sold)


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Category King Quartz Tags 1978 Clearance Sold
Manufacture Seiko
Model Grand Quartz
Reference 5856-5020
Movement Quartz
Serial No. 89XXXX
Case Steel, Tanaka design 35x42x09mm
Crystal Mineral
Dial White tatami
Bracelet XGB491L, +260 mm around
Lugs 19mm
Production 1978-09
Condition Very good (small nick at the side at 2)
Service New battery, new battery hatch gasket
Box No
Papers No

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The 5855 & 5856, like its predecessor the 0853, is a very solidly made quartz (your watchmaker will love it!). It is much thicker than its descendants and has huge presence and in fact has thermo-compensation also due to its sheer bulk. The dial work is impeccable and very involved – truly a high end watch.

In my experience these 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, not polished and runs to specs. The bracelet is at full length and very comfortable. Moreover, for this watch only Seiko made a unique flexing bracelet, it feels like water flowing around the wrist...