Debuting in 1978, the Seiko A158-5060 – like the example here from January 1979 – 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 A158 was one of the last 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).
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 significant historical note, the A158 was featured in the 1979 James Bond movie, “Moonraker.” The A158, frequently confused with its close sibling, the A159; Seiko didn’t help matters when it advertised the two together in Moonraker promotions.
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 A158 comes with a leather strap, ZULU strap, Pelican travel case, and springbar tool.
1979 Seiko A158-5060 James Bond “Moonraker” Quartz Alarm Chronograph
DIAL: Original Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) digital display, with all LCD portions functioning as designed, albeit with a slight fade in the LCD.
CASE: Original 34mm (35.5mm w/crown) x 39.5mm stainless-steel case.
CRYSTAL: Crystal is scratch-free.
BAND: This Seiko comes with a light brown leather strap, with stainless-steel hardware, as well as a two-piece nylon camo ZULU strap – it is a James Bond watch, after all.
MOVEMENT: Original A158 quartz movement, manufactured in January 1979. All features - alarm, stopwatch, day & date lap counter, and light – work as designed, alarm is loud!
CROWN: Original unsigned pushers.