Seikos history began in 1881 when Kintaro Hattori established the K. Hattori retail and repair store. In 1892 Seikosha was established making wall clocks. 1895 saw the production of their first pocket watch. 1913 saw the launch of their first wristwatch, the Laurel. In 1924 the first Seiko was manufactured. Daini Seikosha (now Seiko Instruments Inc.) established in 1937. Seiko listed on the Tokyo stock exchange in 1949. The Suwa factory becomes independent and forms Suwa Seikosha Co., Ltd. (now Seiko Epson Corporation in 1959).
The Seiko 7A38 movement is a special one for a few reasons, the 7A28 was the world's first quartz chronograph released and the 7A38 followed shortly after, the difference was it added a day/date function which is very useful. This model was made in 1983 and had a few design cues from some iconic Gentra designs. I think it is designed well and looks great on the wrist. The bracelet also is very comfortable, and the history of the movement is also brilliant!
The contrast of the white dial with the stainless steel and gold plating is excellent; they resisted the urge of large gold plated center links and instead opted for a thin strip of gold plating, this allows the watch to look great on the wrist and not too flash! Sometimes two-tone pieces can stand out a little too much; this doesn't; it just gives the watch a pleasant contrast of colour.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Seiko box or paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original Seiko bracelet with a signed Breitling clasp, the total length of the bracelet is 20cm. The watch is from Circa. October 1983 and is in worn, vintage condition, signs of the gold-plating wearing. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
I've always been a huge fan of the 7A28 & 7A38 and have been fortunate enough to have owned and sold many over the years. It has been interesting to watch them increase in popularity and become harder to find in good, original condition and therefore prices have also increased. I don't think it will show any signs of slowing down anytime soon.