A July 1973 vintage Seiko QR Quartz 3863-7010 on an aftermarket steel bracelet in excellent condition. High accuracy vintage Seiko Quartz Cal. 3863 and beautiful sunburst dial. Overall a Seiko QR Quartz in great condition. Funky helmet case highly reminiscent of the 1970s with Kanji day/date. Measures 36 mm in diameter. We offer a flat rate for shipping on every order and 30-day free returns. We also offer a 2-month mechanical warranty for every purchase. All prices are in CAD.
Seiko QR Quartz History
The Seiko QR Quartz was released in the early 1970s, first appearing in the 1974 JDM catalogue, and was one of the first high-end vintage Seiko quartz watches, with extremely high accuracy. While not as accurate as the 38SQ or the 38QT, the 38QR was up there - above the QZ, for example. The 38QR quartz movement had an accuracy of +/- 20 seconds per month with similar build to the King Seikos of the day.
Seiko was founded as a watch store in 1881 by Kintaro Hattori in Tokyo. By the 1890s it was producing both clocks and pocket watches as Seikosha. And in 1913 Seiko produced Japan's first wristwatch, the Seiko Laurel. Seiko had beat out several other Japanese companies, including other Tokyo clock companies like Tokyo Clock Co. and Japan Pocket Watch Manufacturing Co. By the mid-20th century Seiko produced some of its most important wristwatches that set the stage for its future. In the early 1950s Seiko produced the Seiko Super which then became the Marvel. And in 1960 Seiko released the first Grand Seiko. This marked the beginning of not only the Grand Seiko but also the King Seiko and Lord Matic lines to follow.
Then, in 1969, Seiko released the Astron, the watch that would upend the Swiss watchmaking industry. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Seiko continues to produced extraordinary quartz watches, along with many legendary vintage Seiko dive watches. In modern times Seiko continues to innovate, especially through its Grand Seiko brand.