SEIKO King Quartz & King Seiko SERIES
There isn't much information as to why Seiko made so many different classes, qualities and denominations. But they did. In case of the first King Seiko it was an offset to the Grand Seiko linage, trying to make it more accessible to a wider audience and they started around 1963 with a similar but less 'sophisticated' movement.
But, knowing Seiko, they just can't make a less sophisticated movement because they always strive for the best. And an everlasting internal rat race of becoming the best of the best plus the fact that they had two factories (or studios as I like to call them) fuelled this rivalry. Which, in the end was good for us, the customer.
So in some cases a dapper KS outsmarts a GS. In most cases it's even hard to tell the movements apart. Add to this the watch making craftsmanship the Japanese quirkiness and there you have the Vanac series. Finally, when the high-end quartz movements started to flourish Seiko mimicked their mechanical line-up with counterpart Quartz watches. Hence the King Quartz line or KQ's.
KING SEIKO KS 5626 - 7200
KING quartz 5856 - 5010
KING SEIKO VANAC 5626 - 7150
KING QUARTZ 4823 - 8120
MAJESTA 9533 - 6000
SEIKO KING SEIKO 5626 - 7200
This Suwa King Seiko with its emerald green dial is a kind of magic. Although this watch has been worn and shows some user marks it still looks fresh. The case has been polished slightly, keeping in mind the Zaratsu rules of Seiko so all folds are still sharp. The watch has been overhauled May 2019, cleaned and serviced, also taking care of its faulty quick-set utility. The 56 movements that were spooned into these KS's were real workhorses. As most Grand Seiko's from that era were also equipped with the 56 movement, with somewhat better adjustments, you can really speak of a high quality timepiece.
Although the faceted glass also been polished it still shows some minor scratches and nicks. Also the straight lines in glass facet are less hard, which interestingly actually increases the legibility of the beautiful green dial.
This KS comes with a solid quality, unworn leather, alligator grained, black strap. To what I can verify by the Seiko catalogue, I believe it is the strap as Seiko intended at the time of release.
Item number: KS-0002-A
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SEIKO King Quartz 5856 - 5010
quality: AAA - NEAR NOS
This King Quartz from the late 70's is a beautiful watch and in almost ‘New Old Stock’ condition. You can see and actually feel that this watch hasn't been worn much. It still has that 'new watch' vibe, which is noticeable when you feel the sturdiness of the high quality steel band and the fresh unscratched looks from the casing and case-back. Also, the crystal glass is in mint condition as to be expected for a 'near NOS' watch.
The TV dial has a vertical striped pattern and has a warm white crisp. The hands are slender and the minute needle moves over slightly protruded indices. You will enjoy this stunning watch which has almost 40 years to its count.
Item number: KQ-0001-AAA
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SEIKO KING SEIKO VANAC 5626 - 7150
This Suwa King Seiko is a gem with 37mm (without crown). The 5626 timepiece is running very well and all functions are working properly. The quality of the case, facet glass and band is just perfect. This Vanac recently received a professional brushing in which the design language of Seiko (Zaratsu polishing) was observed. This means that polishing is done on certain surfaces but not on the cutting edges of the surfaces.
It totally brings this Vanac back to business. A beautiful watch with heavy quality steel strap. The steel bracelets that usually accompanied the Vanacs were regularly small pieces of art, and that is also the case with this Vanac. The Vanacs were only meant for the Japanese domestic market at the time, and the movements that were spooned into these KSs were real workhorses. Most Grand Seikos from this time were also equipped with the 56 movements, with somewhat better adjustments, but you can really speak of a high quality timepiece.
Item number: KV-0001-AA
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SEIKO King Quartz 4823 - 8120
quality: A case & bracelet, B dial
This specific King Quartz has a hardened stainless steel casing which means it is less prone to scratching. The dial on this KQ is a warm white 'snowflake' dial. There's an imperfection near the 3 'o clock day/date window. It is hardly visible white the 'naked eye', but is there. The hands and the raised indices are black which adds to the perfect legibility of this King Quartz.
The square case design mimics the more upscale Superiors (9983 - 7000) and one of the very first V.F.A.'s (3823 - 7040). The lines are still crisp of this case and there is not a lot of user marks. And lastly, please take a good look at the heavy quality original steel bracelet unfortunately, which is excellent shape except there are two small dents to notice on the KQ clasp. Still this watch looks the part and you will definitely like the weight 'feel' to this watch when you are wearing it. The heavy quality adds to the overall sturdiness of this watch.
Item number: KQ-0002-AB
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SEIKO KING QUARTZ / MAJESTA 9533 - 6000
This Majesta is really a special one of its kind. This HAQ (High Quality Quartz) is a continuation of the King Quartz and was only litigated for a very short time (JDM). The Majesta line was later converted to the Seiko Credor line (a higher Seiko segment). The icon also reminds a bit of the Credor logo. The gold colored (base metal) band is original with this watch.
This Majesta has a week date-like day indication that is easy to read and has a magnifying glass for the date indication. The Twin mode technology ensured the high time precision in which the quartz crystal was specially cut, which acquired both a kind of flexibility and torsional possibility and that was incorporated in a resonator so that one could use a dual oscillator (from there the Twin mode designation) which accuracy considerably increased. This Majesta has a light goldplated finish which looks good. Some parts of the original bracelet show some fading. This watch is also very thin with only 7 mm, the glass and magnifier are unscratched.
Item number: SM-0001-A