There is no shortage of beautiful and innovative vintage watches out there, but few are quite as cool as the Seiko Quartz LC 0624-5009 LCD digital watch. That’s right, a digital watch, but allow me to backtrack a bit and set the scene. In 1973, Seiko introduced the 06LC in Japan, the world’s first six-digit display LCD watch. At the time, this was groundbreaking technology and the culmination of Seiko’s pioneering efforts in the area of producing more energy-efficient LCDs. As one might expect, today the 06LC is a bit of a collector’s item among Seiko die-hards, and great examples of the 06LC can be rather rare and expensive.
A year later, Seiko came out with the 0624, which was the first Seiko LCD watch to be exported to other countries, including the US. Fortunately for lovers of great vintage gems, they can be found on eBay anywhere from around $150 all the way up to $1000, with the price depending on the condition of the watch, inclusion of box and papers, and of course the seller. The 0624 is believed to only have been in production for two years—from 1974 to 1975. And while Seiko has a long history of LCD watch production and many innovative designs that go along with it, the 0624 is one that really stands out above the rest.