Seiko 9ct Gold Dress Watch, 1990

Simply Beautiful

This is as simple and as beautiful as it gets. It tells the time and that’s it. No date, no second hand. Just two, highly polished, pencil style hands indicating the hour and minutes. This watch is all gold in colour. There is very little contrast on the dial. Gold finish with simple, highly polished, raised index markers that match the hands perfectly. Only “SEIKO QUARTZ” is printed on the dial….that’s it.

The case has two stand out features: firstly, 9ct solid gold, very rare in a Seiko. And secondly, wafer thin, only 4.5mm thick with a flat hardlex crystal glass. It has a classic shape with fine lugs that curve into the case integrating perfectly. A nice touch is the sapphire set into the crown, following the Swiss tradition of dress watches.

The movement is the rare 5E20A, the nicest Seiko quartz that I know of, jeweled and finished like the Seiko mechanicals of old. I love seeing my eyeglass in the mirror like finish of the screw heads! The modern mechanicals with exhibition backs don’t have the same standard of finish. Sometime between this model (1990) and now, Seiko has lost the art of fine finishing movements.

This watch is personal. It sits on the wrist so nicely that it is unnoticeable. It becomes part of the body.

About robswatches

I’m a horoligical “petrol head”! I love classical mechanical watches, not because they tell me the time, I can get the time from cheap quartz watches, my computer, phone, microwave or just about anywhere. I’m interested in the movements of watches, the aesthetics of case design and their construction, the history and the simple thrill of watching tiny, beautifully finished wheels, pinions and other parts turning and oscillating and marvelling at the craftsmanship that created it.
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