I needed a new clock for my office and, being a watch lover and Seiko enthusiast, couldn’t countenance buying some crappy plastic monstrosity. So I found this excellent Seiko QXA630ALH clock and thought my readers might enjoy a look at it.
I had planned to pick up one of those “dealer clocks” that looks like a watch (there are tons of “Rolex” and “Omega” clocks on eBay) but after researching a bit I decided otherwise. For one thing, they’re as legit as a $3 bill: Although they may look and sound like an authorized product, and many dealers do hang them on the wall, they’re just as much of a bunk ripoff as a Canal Street Rolex. And they’re super overpriced too, selling for $300 or more.
So I went with the only legit clockmaker actually associated with a watch company: Seiko. They have a line of clocks ranging from “sweet” to “frumpy” with a lot of weird stuff in between. But at least they’re legit.
I went with the Seiko QXA630ALH, which not only looks like a Grand Seiko but sports the company’s “quiet sweep” non-ticking quartz mechanism. It’s constructed of metal, with a glass domed crystal, applied bar markers, and dauphine hands.
The only drawbacks, looks-wise, are the fact that the too-reflective glass is clipped to the back with no real bezel. And the Seiko name is printed instead of applied like the markers. Other than that, it’s a winner. And did I mention the sweet, silent sweep seconds hand?
I got mine from Amazon for about $50 delivered. Other vendors sell it for around that much too. It’s worth every penny. Now I just need to make some Seiko and GS badges for it!
Note: Although the Amazon listing shows a very-blue face, this is not how the clock looks in real life. It’s definitely gray/silver as in my photos.
Wouldn’t it be nice to see the cocktail time as a clock…