The 5855 and the 5856, like its predecessor the 0853, is a very solidly made quartz (your watchmaker will love it!). It is however a thinner watch - though still much thicker than its descendants - and has huge presence. Its thermo-compensation, due to its relative thickness, is still excellent after all these years. That is a good thing considering the photos made out in the cold!
The dial work is impeccable and very involved – this truly is 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.Manufacture: Seiko
Model: King Quartz
Reference: 5856 8030
Movement: Quartz at 15 Seconds PY
Serial No.: 7N0097
Case: Classic 35x42x11mm without crown
Dial: Silver Linen
Bracelet: XBB120 215 mm around
Lugs & Clasp: Internal lugs, springbar diameter: 1,8x18mm
Condition: 09 - Excellent: sparkling, some swirls, easily polished
Service: Not necessary