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Seiko King Quartz 5856-8070 (Sold)


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Manufacture Seiko
Model King Quartz
Reference 5856-8070
Movement Quartz
Serial No. 86XXXX
Case Steel, Tanaka design 36x42x11mm
Crystal Mineral
Dial Business shirt
Bracelet XBB160,18mm around
Lugs 18mm
Production 1978-06
Condition Excellent
Service New battery, new battery hatch gasket
Box No
Papers No

This fully serviced (!) King Quartz has a rare textured dial looking like, well a business shirt. The way the bracelet is connected to this watch is special (and intrinsic to all the 5856-8070), meaning that it can drape around the wrist with more flexibility than the standard KQ band. You will notice that it has a sort of hinge...Due to its "flat" case design this KQ has a huge presence. Truly a great watch that will get noticed, as stated, it has been fully serviced, with a new crystal to boot and it runs to specs. A knowledgable collector will know that this will at least cost you 150 euro. In the end, you get a gorgeous time piece that will last another 40 years, for the price of just 175 euro.

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 bracelet, it feels like water flowing around the wrist...