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IMO one of the most significant models produced by Seiko must of been the 0624, I believe the first 6 digit digital to be released to the World, beautiful watch and the start of the digital era that washed around the world for many years and also my first Seiko back in 77/78 and I still love them today :)

 
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For me it'd be hard not to give the title to the Astron. Difficult to imagine any other watch legitimately being described as creating a "revolution" in the way the quartz revolution is discussed.
 

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For me it's the 7548 because it has been the first "diver's for everyone" watch in the sense that before the 7548 was released, diver's watches were only for specialists.
 

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Its a useful question to me mostly because thinking about it I came up with a list of about 10, which shows how many breakthroughs and benchmarks came from Seiko over many years. I've always admired Rolex for its benchmark designs like the Sub, Explorer, Daytona, GMT Master and so forth, but look at Seiko and they have at least equalled it in influence with so many design and technical firsts. Thanks to EStrickland for that list of Seiko firsts- really interesting.
 

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For me, personally, it was the creation of the Spring Drive movement. 30 years in the making!
 

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Not a fan of quartz but it probably has to be the Astron. Another contender - the invention of the magic lever in 1959 for its outstanding simplicity as used in the Gyro Marvel, however I have read elsewhere that "This winding system is very similar to the Eppo-system developed by the West German Otero comapny in 1954". Anyone able to enlighten me on this?
 
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