Last year, our friends over at Hodinkee broke the story that a simple ‘80s-era Seiko wristwatch owned and worn by Steve jobs sold at auction for $42,500. What makes this watch special from a collector’s standpoint is that Jobs wore the watch during his famous photo shoot with photographer Norman Seeff in 1984. Now, from a horological standpoint, the auction price is absolutely a head scratcher. But, if you’re a fan of the man and the company he built, and you have the money to burn, then it’s certainly a fun bit of memorabilia.The watch in question, reference 6431-6030, is about as straightforward as a watch can be. But there’s certainly beauty in that simplicity. The black, cylindrical case is paired with an off-white dial displaying only the essentials—hash marks, a straightforward hour index, and simple black hands. There’s something Giugiaro-esque about the design, with a somewhat somber take on his industrial aesthetic. Now Seiko, in its fourth collaboration with Japanese clothing retailer Nano Universe, has unveiled a series of watches honoring that design.
The watches, like the original, are quartz, and the collection is a limited run—the white dialed variants to 1,982 units each, and the black dialed to 300 units each. Retail is 20,000 yen (approximately $177 as of this writing). For more information, visit Seiko Japan.