A SEIKO YACHT TIMER STORY
Seiko Yacht Timer 7A28-7090
Many watch collectors are averse to quartz movements, but there are many brands that know how to make them worthwhile, Seiko being the most notable. With movements like the 9F quartz from Grand Seiko or the production of the Seiko Astron, it’s hard to deny that Seiko is on top of the quartz game. Going back to the early ‘80s, however, we get to one of the more peculiar but popular Seiko quartz creations: the Seiko Cal. 7A28.
The Caliber 7A28 was the world’s first analog quartz chronograph and cost no more than a couple hundred dollars when it was released (depending on the model). A price that would be hard to come by today. It is worth noting that the Cal. 7A28 was a very widely used movement, with many different models and reference numbers throughout its lifespan. The 7A28-7020, for example, was worn by Roger Moore in the 1985 James Bond movie, “A View to Kill”. And other models were issued to the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence and other militaries, plus the series of 7A28s designed by Giugiaro. For Seiko collectors, there is a lot to choose from.
1980s Seiko Cal. 7A28 ad
The Seiko Yacht Timer, the 7A28-7090, came about around 1982 and appeared in catalogs as of 1983. It immediately stood out for its design, specifically its case and pushers; which are position at 10 and 2 o’clock like a bullhead chronograph. This model was only made until the mid-1980s, but remains one of the most desirable out of the entire 7A28 series and among Seiko’s regatta watch offerings. If you compare it to early Seiko regatta watches like the Seiko 5 Sports ‘Regatta’ 6119-6050 from the late 1960s, or the Seiko Yacht Timer Sports 150 from the early 1990s, I think most would agree the Yacht Timer 7A28 is much more aesthetically pleasing. Today, the Yacht Timer 7A28 is not the easiest, nor the hardest watch to come by, but expect to pay upwards of $1,000 for a model in good condition. A staple vintage Seiko chronograph.