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Vintage quartz - what do you have...?

Malfark's post down the forum on his 1980s Seiko quartz watch prompts me to ask to hear about, and see, any vintage quartz timepieces you may have - let's say no later than the 1980s. That's getting on a bit for quartz.

Here's a few of mine.
This is my earliest quartz watch, a G-P from 1973. It's in a suitably massive cushion-shaped stainless steel screwback with acrylic crystal. The movement is the G-P developed quartz cal. 352. This is a version of the G-P cal. 350 which won the accuracy competition at the Observatoire de Neuch√Ętel in 1970 against competitors from Switzerland and Japan. This movement was also used in other brand watches, such as Jaeger LeCoultre's "Master Quartz".
Below are a couple of quite similar Seiko quartz watches, both from 1976. On the left is a blue-dialed Type II, and on the left a silver-dialed SQ 4004 model. I like the slope-sided cases on these watches.
The movements of the watches are shown below, the Seiko Type II cal. 0903A, and the Seiko SQ 4004 cal. 4633A movement. The caseback with battery hatch of the SQ 4004 watch is also shown. These hatches were gone by the 1980s, being replaced by conventional screw or snapbacks.

I'm not completely sure of the date of this Citizen Ana-Digi Temp but I think it is from sometime in the 1980s. Anyone have more info? Anyway, I like the geekiness!
And, of course, this Bulova Accuquartz cal. 224 has a quartz oscillator in there along with the tuning-fork. It's from 1974.
Here's a Croton Transi-tronic from the 1970s.
And, finally, a Bulova Thermatron body-powered quartz from 1982. It's the only one of the quartz watches I've shown that isn't still in operating condition.
Chronosport Sea Quartz 30 that I picked up when I got my scuba
certification in 1979. As I recall I paid around $150 for it.
The watch has been a real champ - accurate, reliable and hasn't
leaked a drop. I should really grap a movement shot, though. Tom.
my only 2 quartz watches
Talk about a MASSIVE watch and bracelet combo.
The whole thing perspires quality, a minimum considering the hefty price this ultra high tech babe was selling for at the time
I occasionally wear it, it saves me going to the gym for lifting weight !
As posted previously.
I'm not really a quartz fan but this Seiko alarm chrono from January 1981 was only a quid!
Cheers, Neil.
...chunk-o-rama! Great watches.
I love the Thermatron, quintessential early '80's!
"Guess what? I got a fever. And the only more cowbell!" stophmaster's website
what a coencidence Paul! i wanted to thank you for your suggestions on how to post images by posting a pic of my omega electoquartz with an antique copy of "official programme for the opening of first parliament at Melbourne" dated 1901 a few minutes a ago since i have a hunch you like vintage quartz watches and you are from Australia, then i noticed your post!
the watch has the Beta 21 movement that Omega and several other swiss watch makers collaborated to build in 1960's. according to Omega the first commercial models of the caliber appeared at the Basel watch fair in 1970 under 15 different brand names! very chuncky and heavy watch with its original omega band and very accurate.
Just kidding, but this gem probably dates to the 80s. Still works fine with a Japanese quartz movement. This goes with Paul's Croton Transi-tronic (the guitar I mean). In my defense, I got this with a collection of other watches. Try to find a replacement band for this watch! ;<)

It's funny... just a few years ago it would have been hard to say "vintage" and "quartz" in the same sentence with a straight face... :)
Here's a recent acquisition that I just picked up from the watchmaker, a 6-jewel Hamilton quartz from the early/mid-'70s. I had actually been thinking of posting a request for information to the forum here when I saw this thread. I've trawled the net for quite a while but have never found any good resources for these early SSMH Hamiltons. If anyone has any tips I'd be most appreciative.
Caseback is marked 742003-3 and "Water Resistant 20 ATM", quite impressive for the time. From what I make of it, this was SSMH's take on the Submariner with an early Swiss quartz movement from back when quality quartzes were still jeweled. The inside of the caseback features a strange "locking ring" that I've never seen before. Build quality is excellent, design is durable, and the bezel turns crisply and smoothly.
This was a lucky eBay find, inexpensively purchased as a non-runner. Lucky for me all it needed was a battery and a strap. I just wish there was something that could be done for the (glass?) crystal, since it has some gouges that didn't respond to Polywatch.
I can't remember ever being so excited over a quite inexpensive watch. This one is special to me because my father owns the same model and wore it for years in his travels around the world while serving in the military. Admiring that watch as a boy is one of things that got me into the hobby, and I was very pleased to find an example for myself. I had my father's cleaned up by fellow TZer Matt B. a few months back, but now I have one for myself too at a very minimal cost.
Strap is a new Hadley-Roma Breitling-style that suits it very well. I remember my father wore his on a bracelet for years, but not sure if it was original.
Anybody know any good sources for info on these?
"Mechanical watches are so brilliantly unnecessary. Any Swatch or Casio keeps better time, and high-end contemporary Swiss watches are priced like small cars. But mechanical watches partake of what my friend John Clute calls the Tamagotchi Gesture. They're pointless in a peculiarly needful way; they're comforting precisely because they require tending." - William Gibson
How old is my vintage Omega? - Omega Serial Numbers by Year