History of the SEIKO V.F.A.

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History of the SEIKO V.F.A.

Post by koimaster » December 13th 2021, 10:54am

Most of you are probably familiar with Seiko’s V.F.A. watches, if anything with the 61GS V.F.A., that is the most revered. Well, V.F.A. stands for ‘Very Fine Adjusted’ and it refers to Seiko’s most refined calibers both for quartz and mechanical, vintage and modern timepieces.

The Seiko V.F.A. watches were made for vintage Seiko quartz, mechanical Grand Seikos, and, in the modern era, a limited edition of 20 Grand Seiko – the ref. SBGH265.

The Seiko ‘V.F.A.’ moniker was designated to two different calibers in the early 1970s, calibers that came after the original Seiko Quartz Astron Cal. 35SQ, and eventually developed into the Seiko Grand Quartz Cal. 48GQ. These were the Cal. 3923/3922 and 3823. These Seiko V.F.A. Quartz calibers were used in several different models, watches that usually had eccentric case shapes and even came in 18k gold. For example, the Cal. 3923 was used in rectangular cases that included an LED light at 2 o’clock, while the Cal. 3823 was paired with more diverse case shapes. The Cal. 3823 was made by Suwa Seikosha, while the Calibers 3923 and 3922 were made by Daini. Both cost well over 100,000 yen and more than even the Grand Seiko 61GS V.F.A. at the time! These calibers had an accuracy of +/- 5 seconds per month, which was extremely accurate for the time, but nothing compared to the Superior Twin Quartz that came in the late 1970s.

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