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    Lately I've been looking into the early days of quartz, when quartz was considered the height of watchmaking and mechanical prices and demand dropped. It's the flip side of what we currently see, with quartz watches from China going for a dollar on ebay and most of 'haute horologie' consists of mechanicals.

    In particular I've been interested in Seiko, having something of an affection for the brand and many of the early Seiko quartz watches being among the most impressive.

    Starting of course with the Seiko Astron...



    The Astron line having now been revived as watches which are also quite technologically advanced for their time...



    Moving forward some, we have the QT/QR/QZ line of quartz, ranked in descending order of cost.







    All a very similar aesthetic, which continued going forward. Next Seiko Grand Quartz/King Quartz/Lord Quartz, again in that order.

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    Note the different symbol on this Grand Quartz, indicating it's a Twin Quartz. The Grand Quartz was, of course, the precursor to the Grand Seiko Quartz models.

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    Finally the Superior, apparently most coveted by collectors today because it was the absolute top dog in the pecking order.

    Unfortunately I don't have much here beyond pictures and the relative positioning of the models in Seiko's line-up... would love it if anyone can share some more. Otherwise I'll see if I do some more research into these and try and add more details to the thread, at some stage. Putting this here rather than in the HAQ forum as my interest in these watches isn't just in their accuracy. I've actually ordered one of these vintages myself, I wanted something like this in my collection, this King Quartz:

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    Finally, a shout-out to member Wibbs, whose posts first got me looking into this era.
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    Re: Early Seiko Quartz Era

    Another thing I like about those vintage Seikos is the restrained used of branding. Just one "Seiko" on the dial instead of "Seiko" + "Grand Seiko" + "GS" appearing on the same dial.
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    Re: Early Seiko Quartz Era

    Don't get too hung up on the branding of the models, it's all over the place (nothing ever changes eh?). For example, a cal. 71xx can turn up in a Lord Quartz or a much more find-able and affordable Type II.

    Try and find a cal. 99xx 18K Superior Grand Quartz, preferably with granulated dial and Royal Oak style bracelet with extra links and call it a day

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    Cool stuff. I think it's quite amazing how by as early as the end of the 70's Seiko had managed to achieve +/- 5 secs/yr with the twin quartz. Also until recently I wasn't aware that there were different types of twin quartz in the way that they compensated for temperature, as described here:

    http://www.thewatchsite.com/21-japan...ere-alike.html

    A list of Seiko 70's quartz calibres in case you don't have it:

    Seiko Vintage Analog Quartz Table 1971-1980.pdf

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    Re: Early Seiko Quartz Era

    Interesting to see this, i've recently become interested in the early Seiko quartz myself however in a much different context. Instead of the higher end stuff as the OP i've gone towards the divers. My 6309 conversion with a 7546 movement is my first and i'd really like to collect some more of these movements for diver conversions.
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    Re: Early Seiko Quartz Era

    Quote Originally Posted by Domo View Post
    Try and find a cal. 99xx 18K Superior Grand Quartz, preferably with granulated dial and Royal Oak style bracelet with extra links and call it a day
    With collector interest I don't even want to imagine the price one of those would likely fetch...
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    Re: Early Seiko Quartz Era

    I didn't know they made a watch called "Lord Quartz" lol
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    Re: Early Seiko Quartz Era

    Not very early. Not highly praised. Very interesting.

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    Re: Early Seiko Quartz Era

    Quote Originally Posted by GlennO View Post
    A list of Seiko 70's quartz calibres in case you don't have it:

    Seiko Vintage Analog Quartz Table 1971-1980.pdf
    Damn... seems the 5856 I ordered isn't that special. Really need to go Twin Quartz...
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    I'd take one of those Superiors in a heart beat. That and a Lord Quartz, but that one mostly for the name on the dial.

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