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Fine Gold for Chinese New Year January 25, 2012

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One of the very rare Japanese wrist watch collections comes with a fine gold (999.9) dial embeded.  Produced circa 1970s.

This piece is most suitable to be worn during Chinese New Year…

Very rare fine gold dial for Japanese wrist watch collections


Seiko “Monaco” 7016-5020 Chronograph January 5, 2012

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5th Jan 2012  Thur

This automatic timepiece is a true fly-back 12-hour chronograph that is unique in having both the minute and hour chronograph hands sharing the same sub-dial. For 16 years from its debut, Cal. 7016 remained the world’s thinnest mechanical chronograph, only to be beaten by the Piguet Cal. 1185 in the late 80s.

The 7016-50xx is often referred to as the “Japanese Monaco”, due to its resemblance to Heuer Monaco of the late 60s, made famous by Steve McQueen, and which TAG Heuer is again producing as a Re-Edition. There are 7016 chrono models produced in steel with blue dial. This Japan Domestic Market 7016-5020 takes it even further with its very rare dark brown dial. Shown here in pictures is the model 7016-5020 with gold-platted case.  Rating: Very Rare.


Movement: Automatic Cal. 7016A, 17 Jewels, 21’600 bph, Chronograph (60sec / 30min / 12hr) with fly-back, Diashock shock-resistant device, QuickSet Day/Date
Case: Stainless steel, gold-platted (width: 37mm w/o crown, lug-to-lug: 42mm, thickness: 13mm, lug-width 19mm)
Crystal: Acrylic, raised (original)
Water Resistance: 30 m (not pressure-tested)
Manufactured: In Japan, early 1970s

Comparatively speaking, the 7016 Monaco’s are quite rare. The square Seiko chronograph (also called “Tank”) is gaining rapid popularity worldwide, due no less, to its unconventional aesthetics.

Japanese "Monaco"

The "Monaco" also came with steel series models