This is a very sexy watch — no question!
Launched by Seiko 1974, it was the world’s first six digit LCD watch and was very expensive at ¥65000, or around £450/USD750 — recalculating that for today’s market puts it at around USD3500!!
It was also the first digital watch Seiko exported from Japan, and replaced the domestic models O5LC, O5LCA and O6LC. The other name for the 0624 is 06LCA.
Two versions of this watch were made, one in stainless steel, the other in gold plate. The gold version is rarer and almost impossible to find in mint condition due to the thin plating (and the nearly 40 years that has passed since the watch was released).
The best part about this watch is its understated elegance — remember this watch was made the year ABBA won the Eurovision song contest and the Watergate scandal erupted. The key inventions of 1974 were the Post-it Note, Rubik’s Cube and Liposuction…stiff competition indeed!
Fast forward to 2013 and this watch attracts comments like you wouldn’t believe. Considering all it does is tell the time (in daylight or at night thanks to the backlight) it is highly sought after by collectors of LCD watches, nostalgia and those who appreciate a quality timepiece.
Parts are nearly impossible to come by. If you find one, treasure it. It won’t be around forever so enjoy it while it lasts!