Debuting in 1977, the Seiko A159 – like the example here from early 1978, making it one of the first made – was produced by Seiko through the mid-1980’s, just in time for the 1980’s to pummel Seiko’s mechanical watch sale (not to mention its stock price).
The A159 was a first-generation alarm chronograph produced by Seiko, right before LCDs were (and ironically still are) deemed fashionably acceptable as an analog/digital combo, but rarely as elegant dress watches (despite their relatively high price point at the time, owing to its still somewhat novel quartz technology).
The A159 caliber was the first Seiko combining a chronograph and an alarm function in a watch, and displays hours (AM/PM), minutes, seconds, day of the month and the weekday, and a light for the LCD. The chronograph has a start/stop and a lap function, and the alarm can be set for a 24 hour interval (AM/PM).
That said, shortly thereafter, innovation – driven by Seiko – meant an easing of manufacture, transforming LCD’s into watches much cheaper to obtain. With the LCD watch approaching five decades now, the once cutting-edge technology would appear to the casual observer to have lost its ability to capture or impress the world’s imagination a long time ago.
But, and of note, many mistakenly believe the A159 was featured in the 1979 James Bond movie, “Moonraker.” The A158, frequently confused with its close sibling, the A159, was the star of this film; Seiko didn’t help matters when it advertised the two together in Moonraker promotions.
That said, and a surprise to some, Seiko watches were featured in about a half dozen Bond films. Prior to Seiko’s partnership with the Bond franchise in the late 1970’s, the movies had primarily been dominated by Rolex. To wit, “By 1977 quartz prices had fallen to the point where they were accessible to anyone, and Hattori [Seiko] initiated one of the earliest examples of high-profile product placement via the popular (and evidently endless) James Bond film series … Roger Moore’s iteration of the character wore six different Seiko timepieces, appearances that were paralleled by extensive print ads featuring James Bond and his Seiko. Most of the Seiko’s Bond wore were the flagship LCD watches of the period, and their latest development were quickly shifted to film.”
This A159 comes with its original stainless-steel bracelet, nylon NATO strap, Pelican travel case, and springbar tool, and a manual for the A159 and a full run down of its functions can be found at https://daringfireball.net/misc/2015/04/Seiko_A159.pdf
1978 Seiko A159-5009-G LC Quartz Alarm Chronograph
DIAL: Original Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) digital display, with all LCD portions functioning as designed.
CASE: Original 35mm (35.5mm w/crown) x 40mm stainless-steel case, small scratches on case (none deep).
CRYSTAL: Original crystal, with several small imperceptible scratches (none deep).
BAND: This Seiko comes with its original Seiko “SQ”-signed stainless-steel bracelet, as well as a nylon NATO strap.
MOVEMENT: Original A159 quartz movement, manufactured in March 1978. All features - alarm, stopwatch, day & date lap counter, and light – work as designed, alarm is loud!
CROWN: Original unsigned pushers.