Seiko Chariot "Steve Jobs" Re-Edition
February 28, 2017
Seiko has announced that they are making a special re-edition of the 1984 Chariot timepiece that was famously worn by late Apple founder, Steve Jobs, in an iconic black-and-white portrait (taken by Norma Seeff) where he posed with the first generation of Macintosh, which made the cover of Time magazine.
The original Seiko Chariot that Jobs wore was 33 mm, with a quartz movement and white dial and was sold at auction in February 2016 for $42,500.
Seiko is making 1982 limited numbered editions in both the original 33 mm size with white dial, and a more modern 37.5 mm white dial version. These are just for the Japanese market. There will be a second model with a black dial, also available in 33 mm and 37.5 mm variants, limited to 300 pieces made exclusively for Japanese retailer Nano Universe.
The watch echoes Steve Jobs love of simplistic design, which is seen throughout the Apple lineup of products still today.
The 37.5 mm version is 43.4mm lug to lug, 6.6 mm thick, and weighs 35g. The 33mm (original size) version is 37.5mm lug to lug, 6.4mm thick, and weighs 28g. Like the original, the case is made of stainless steel with a black PVD coating, and the watch is powered by quartz caliber 7N01.
The retail price will be ¥20,000 (approximately $180) when it goes on sale in March.