SEIKO Quartz V.F.A. & Superior SERIES

 

The Seiko Quartz Superior (formerly the V.F.A. - Very Fine Adjusted) series was during the seventies and eighties's the most exclusive Seiko watch range available. The VFA's and Superiors had price tags from 150.000 yen to as much as 250,000 yen (not counting precious metals). This price point equalled that of a brand new Toyota Corolla.

These Superior "high quality quartz" (HAQ) timepieces were masterpieces with sometimes up to 8 or 9 jewels to their movement, which made them true gems and allowed for easy service to extend their lifespan.

 

The earlier Superiors were initially equipped with 1 quartz crystal and later on with 2 quartz crystals. Temperature influences the number of vibrations that a quartz crystal makes. Seiko made these "Twin Quartz" timepieces so accurate because they utilised the second crystal to correct for temperature fluctuations in the vibrations to measure time of the first crystal. This made a deviation of only 5 seconds per year possible. Furthermore, the Superiors were literally superior to all other Quartz watches from Seiko.

Twin Superior 14K + seiko gift box:

Twin Superior 14K:

SEIKO Twin Quartz Superior 9481 - 5000 14K

 

quality: AA CASE & DIAL

  • List price: €685,-
  • Suwa Seikosha studio
  • Year: 1981 - JDM
  • 14K Gold + leather
  • Twin Quartz technology
  • Ø 32mm (ex crown) Square model
  • Functions: hour, minute, seconds,
    (all works properly).
  • deviation: ± 5 seconds per year
  • Plus box/no papers/no warranty

 

NOTE

This stunning Twin Quartz Superior has its decorative case made out of solid 14K gold. The Seiko Superior line was the pinnacle of watch making know-how and Seiko made it this watch to wear like jewellery. The only thing this 14K golden Superior does is tell time, but it does it like no other. The perfect gold coloured dial has a thread/yarn pattern that lights up at different angles of light and is just mesmerizing to 'watch'.

 

This watch has a case width of 32 mm it and sits really well on a more elegant wrist, male or female. The watch tells much more besides the time, it tells a tale of elegance. The case back has a slight dent in it but it doesn't affect the water resistant'ness, but remember, do not swim or shower with vintage watches. The luxurious Seiko gift box can be included for an extra € 60,- . This box does NOT come standard with this watch.

 

Item number: TQ-0003-AA

Item number: TQ-0003-AA + BX

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SEIKO TWIN Quartz Superior 9983 - 7000

 

quality: AAA case & bracelet

  • List price: € 1750,-
  • Suwa Seikosha studio
  • Year: 1980
  • Hardened Stainless Steel
  • Twin Quartz technology
  • Ø 35mm (ex crown)
  • Functions: hour, minute, seconds,
    day & date (all works properly).
  • deviation: ± 5 seconds per year
  • vintage Seiko Quartz box/no papers/no warranty

 

NOTE

The Seiko Quartz Superior (formerly the V.F.A. - Very Fine Adjusted) series was then the most exclusive Seiko’s in the range. These "high quality quartz" (HAQ) timepieces that were in this Superior line were masterpieces with sometimes up to 8 or 9 jewels, which can then and still be serviced very well. The earlier Superiors were initially equipped with 1 quartz crystal and later on with 2 quartz crystals. But because these movement where so accurate deviations of only 5 seconds per year possible. Furthermore, the Superiors were literally superior to all other Quartz watches from Seiko.

 

This HAQ Twin Quartz Superior is a grail watch for most Seiko enthusiasts. This Twin Superior has a Twin Superior dial from the gold-plated version. All functions work properly as can be expected from a premium Seiko watch. This watch is produced in April 1979 and it is the 30th of the lot. The watch & dial are in mint condition. As the bracelet is very rare some modified shackles are made and inserted to fit a 18,5 cm wrist.

 

Item number: TQ-0004-AA

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SEIKO Twin Quartz Superior 9481 - 5000

 

quality: AAA

  • List price: € 575,-
  • Suwa Seikosha studio
  • Year: 1979 - JDM
  • Stainless Steel
  • Twin Quartz technology
  • Ø 36mm (ex crown)
  • Functions: hour, minute, seconds
  • deviation: ± 5 seconds per year
  • no box/no papers/no warranty

 

NOTE

Absolute beautiful Twin Superior (twin quartz) made to wear as jewellery. It tells time, and that's it. But how it tells time is from a different planet! It is just a pleasure to keep looking at this beautiful watch with intricate snowflake dial. Although the width of the case is only 32mm (without crown), this watch does not look small and that has to do with the fact that it's a square case, it just looks a bigger on the wrist than a round case one would do.

 

Another thing that makes this watch special and quite personal is the fixed adjustment of the strap. The watch now has a wrist circumference 17 cm. The bracelet can be made smaller with a cutting tool. Furthermore, this Milanese'esque band feels 'soft' and flexible but at the same time also very solid. This bracelet seems to have a silver look and it also looks like a kind of meshed scales.

 

Item number: TQ-0004-AAA

 

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SEIKO Twin Quartz Superior 9983 - 8000

 

quality: AAA NOS !!!

  • List price: SOLD
  • Suwa Seikosha studio
  • Year: 1979 - JDM
  • Stainless Steel
  • Twin Quartz technology
  • Ø 36mm (ex crown)
  • Functions: hour, minute, seconds,
    day & date (all works properly).
  • deviation: ± 5 seconds per year
  • no box/no papers/no warranty

 

NOTE

Roughly 5 models where made for the Superior line carrying the Twin Quartz technology and this 9983-8000 was the top within that line, with an original selling price of 230.000 yen back in 1979. This Twin Superior 9983 is unworn, unscratched and perfectly kept, thus making it a NOS (new old stock) Twin Superior from 1981. Understand that this watch almost 38 years old and it looks and feels as BRAND NEW! Because, in a sense, it is. Any Seiko aficionado knows what this means, it makes it highly collectible for any collection.

 

This 9983-8000 is in pristine excellent shape. The white snowflake dial is in just perfect. The frosted metal look on the casing and bracelet are untouched. Also the brushed sides of the case are new and unscratched, which is usually one of the first things that starts to fade and becomes ‘polished’ by wearing. So, no scratches, no dents, no marks! The watch works perfectly and is like new. Unfortunately the original box and papers are not present. The watch does come with an original luxurious Seiko Quartz box from that time period.

 

Item number: TQ-0001-AAA

 

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SEIKO Twin Quartz Superior 9983 - 8000

 

quality: A CASE - B DIAL

  • List price: SOLD
  • Suwa Seikosha studio
  • Year: 1979 - JDM
  • Stainless Steel
  • Twin Quartz technology
  • Ø 36mm (ex crown)
  • Functions: hour, minute, seconds,
    day & date (all works properly).
  • deviation: ± 5 seconds per year
  • no box/no papers/no warranty

 

NOTE

The Superior line was paramount to all other Seiko qualities. It even topped the Grand Seiko VFA back in the days. And there are about 5 Superior models made by Seiko which where equipped with the Twin Quartz technology and this 9983 is one of the top levels within that group. It is quite rare and hard to find in good condition. The steel band and case have a brushed metal look. This watch is unpolished and case and band are in good condition.

 

Unfortunately this Twin Superior has a burnt dial, visible around the day/date window. But that is what makes this watch approachable for he who has little budget but still wants a serious watch. Again this Twin Superior was sold in 1980 was 230.000 yen and only for the domestic Japanese market.

 

Item number: TQ-0002-AB

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SEIKO Quartz Superior 4883 - 8001

 

quality: AA case & A bracelet

  • List price: SOLD
  • Suwa Seikosha studio
  • Year: 1977
  • Hardened Stainless Steel
  • Single Quartz technology
  • Ø 36mm (ex crown) TV model
  • Functions: hour, minute, seconds,
    day & date (all works properly).
  • deviation: ± 15 seconds per month
  • no box/no papers/no warranty

 

NOTE

The Seiko Quartz Superior (formerly the V.F.A. - Very Fine Adjusted) series was then the most exclusive Seiko’s in the range. These "high quality quartz" (HAQ) timepieces that were in this Superior line were masterpieces with sometimes up to 8 or 9 jewels, which can then and still be serviced very well. The earlier Superiors were initially equipped with 1 quartz crystal and later on with 2 quartz crystals. But because these movement where so accurate deviations of only 5 seconds per year possible. Furthermore, the Superiors were literally superior to all other Quartz watches from Seiko.

 

This HAQ Single Quartz gold plated Superior is equipped with a Twin original Seiko Quartz Superior gold-plated bracelet from 1980. The original clasp of the gold plated band was broken and replaced with a gold coloured clasp/closure of Esslinger (if desired the defective clasp can be included). No fading on the watch case, the gold plated band does have some wear spots but doesn't really show while wearing the watch. The dial is in mint condition and case are in mint condition.

 

Item number: SS-0001-AA

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