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Steve Jobs Seiko Watch

You Can Soon Buy the Steve Jobs Seiko Watch If You Can Find One

The People Behind Apple
February 27, 2017

Before Apple Watch, there was the Steve Jobs Seiko Watch. You can soon buy a reissue of this simple watch, at least in Japan, according to Hodinkee.

The image

The image

Credit: Norman Seeff

Back in 1984, photographer Norman Seeff took one of the most iconic images of the late Apple co-founder in Jobs’ home in Woodside, California. The image shows Jobs sitting on the floor with the very first Apple Macintosh computer. On his left wrist is a small black watch originally from the Seiko Chariot series.

That simple quartz watch, with Seiko reference No. 6431-6030, was sold at auction in 2016 for $42,500.

The re-issue will arrive later this year as a limited edition exclusive to the Japanese domestic market, in partnership with Tokyo-based clothing designer and retailer Nano Universe.

The original Steve Jobs Seiko Watch

The original Steve Jobs Seiko Watch

The new version of the watch comes in two case sizes, 33mm (the original) and 37.5mm. The case is black stainless steel with a plain steel case back. It features a simple black calf leather strap with a plain pin buckle.

Finding one of these re-issues isn’t going to be easy.

For one, they’ll only be available in Japan. Second, the white dial versions are limited to 1,982 pieces each, while the black dial versions (a Nano Universe exclusive) are limited to just 300 pieces. Each costs ¥20,000 or around $180 and are individually numbered on the steel case back.

The Steve Jobs Seiko Watch launches March 10, which is probably the day the first of these will arrive on eBay at much more than $180 each.

You can learn more by visiting Seiko’s presentation of the watch online.

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