A BIRTHDAY WATCH IS A WATCH THAT WAS PRODUCED THE SAME MONTH AND YEAR AS SOMEONE'S BIRTHDAY.
Type: Analog Quartz
Model: Quartz Silverwave
Year of Production: March 1980
Movement: 8221 Quartz
Hand and Dial: Analog Hands
Lug to Lug Height: 38mm
Lug Width: 20mm
Strap: Original Seiko Signed SS Bracelet
Pouch / Box: Brand-New EVA Type Zipper Pouch
Introduced in December 1969, the Seiko Quartz Astron is often credited as the world's first commercially available quartz wristwatch. Quartz watches use a quartz crystal oscillator to keep time, which is much more accurate than the traditional mechanical movements used in wristwatches at the time.
The quartz movement in the Astron was incredibly precise, with an accuracy of within 5 seconds per month, far superior to mechanical watches of the era.
The introduction of the Seiko Quartz Astron had a profound impact on the watch industry. It marked the beginning of the Quartz Revolution that led to the decline of traditional mechanical watches in the market and the rise of more accurate and affordable quartz timepieces.
Seiko's Quartz Astron was showcased at the Baselworld watch fair in Switzerland in 1970, where it received international attention and acclaim because this watch change horology history forever.
Seiko introduced the 8221 quartz series circa 1980 as a high end level quartz movement because it was fitted into the Silverwave which is a premium sub-brand thus its popularity amongst the water sports person and vintage Collectors.
For Seiko Collectors and Vintage fans, this is a Seiko Silverwave 8221-5000 "TV" which is one of the most sort after Seiko model; and its beautifully cleaned dial with 3D silver baton indices and baton hands adds class. This is a highly sort-after COLLECTIBLE timepiece.
This timepiece was carefully stripped and its dial and movement were meticulously cleaned, and its battery replaced on 10 January 2024. It should be able to operate unhindered until the next battery change thereby providing the owner peace of mind.
This TV square shaped silver case was also given a good rub while maintaining its sharp lines and sexy curves. Most imperfections were removed without compromising the case shape. The crystal is original and was given a good rub as well albeit miniscule scratches are still present.
The crown is located at its traditional 3H position and is easily accessible.
The case width and height are approximately 34mm (without crown) and 38mm respectively, and the lug to lug is 20mm. Hence, this watch is suitable for men and the modern women.
The bracelet is the original Seiko SS bracelet with signed clasp buckle. The bracelet was thoroughly cleaned via ultrasonic immersion and was given a good polish afterwards; and all links were tightened for better lifespan.
To the best of our knowledge and expertise when overhauling the timepiece, the watch is 100% original Seiko components from this particular watch. No parts were replaced with aftermarket parts or modified thereby it is considered in near MINT condition.
Even though the seals and gaskets are present, this timepiece has not been water-resistant tested due to its age.
The pictures provided shows the watch case in near mint condition and well maintained. The only drawback is the lack of documentation and original box. A nice purposeful carrying case or box will be provided instead.
Bear in mind that this watch has seen many of the previous owners’ ups and downs in life, and should be cherished and well taken care of for the next generation to savour such engineering beauty.
Yes, there are many other same models in the market, BUT almost all are not in the same quality condition and as well maintained as what you see here. Hence, it is a no-brainer that this one-of-a-kind timepiece will make an extremely beautiful birthday present for that special someone born in March 1980!
This is a highly sort-after Collectible Seiko Silverwave Quartz 8221-5000 with original bracelet in near mint condition; so, be unique and wear something that is almost impossible to source.
This is a must-have for the Seiko die-hard fan, and in fact, any serious watch collector!