The SEIKO World Time "John Cleese"
Model No. A718-5030
In 1984 SEIKO introduced several new lines of digital World Time watches. The A718-5030 was a premium option.
The Seiko World Time A718-5030, John Cleese
This is the watch worn by Brian Stimpson (John Cleese) in the 1986 film Clockwise.
It was one of three models using the A708A/A718A module, released in 1984.
It was also the last of the SEIKO digital world time watches.
This specific version was likely sold as a premium model, with an alarm complication and a clean, fairly non-descript case design.
This model was offered in stainless steel and gold-tone finish options.
Table of Contents
- Key Statistics
- Top-Line Sales Info
- The Case
- Comparison with other A7X8 Models
- Dial Frames
- Production Numbers
- Resale Value
- Other Resources
- Related Articles
Watch Case Size w/o Crown
Lug to Lug Measurement
Rarity Index Among Cataloged Examples is 9.0 out of 10
Total Examples Cataloged
Percentage of all Cataloged Digital Examples
Top-line Sales Info
- 35mm case (not including buttons)
- 38.5mm lug to lug
- 28 selectable Time Zones
- Display Medium: Nematic Liquid Crystal, FE-Mode
- Time micro-adjuster : Trimmer condenser system
- Offered in Stainless Steel and Gold-tone versions
- MSRP: Unknown
The case is narrow at 35mm wide (not including buttons) and 38.5mm tall (lug-to-lug). It is perhaps the most traditional design of the A718 and A708 models. It has (nearly) identical dimensions as the A718-5010.
Comparison with the other A7X8 models
In all, there are 3 models that share the A708A/A718A module. Here, photographed together you can see that each has a distinctly different case design.
Here are approximate measurements.
Here are the two different dial frames.
The G1106 bracelet is the correct and original bracelet used on the A718-5030 in both stainless steel and gold-tone versions. It is identical in design to the A708-5000's YA24A bracelet, except the links are rounded instead of flat.
Based on the image data collected to-date, this series was produced from at least April 1984 through at least July 1984. These models use a 6-digit serial number scheme, allowing for up to 9,999 watches per production month/year. Assuming a 4 month production run, this allows for a max production of 39,996 watches, with a minimum production of 2,332 based on current image data.
- This scale is a derivative of the Hagerty Classic Car Condition Rankings, adapted for watches. It is an attempt to keep it simple. They explain it really clearly here (albeit in car terms): Car Conditions: What The Numbers Mean.
- Almost no one owns or has even seen a condition 1 example of this watch in at least a few decades. Most of what is sold online today are condition 4 and 5 watches - if you think you have a gem, it is most likely a 3.
- While many enthusiasts spend inordinate amounts of time chasing down the best deal, digging through the dark corners of the internet, local antique shops and estate sales, and are ok fixing things up themselves... a lot of others would like to just know what a clean example is worth from a reputable source - that's what these are. Think of them as the price you would expect to pay if you saw one of these under the glass at your favorite local watch shop.
- All values assume OEM parts or all original examples. After market dials, mismatched bracelets etc will reduce the value, in some cases substantially. For example a non-original bracelet can reduce the overall value by 10-20%, a non-original dial may reduce resale value by 80% or more.
- Finally, gold-tone variations (these are not gold plated, but rather gold colored base metal) command a much lower resale value, from 50% to 80% less than equivalent examples in stainless steel.
|Rank||Description and Value|
A perfect original (NOS) that has been professionally serviced and where all components are functioning as new; also a watch that has been restored to current maximum professional standards of quality in every area, showing no signs of wear; a 95-plus point show piece that isn't worn.
Well-restored or a combination of superior restoration and excellent original, where any replacement parts are strictly OEM; also, an extremely well-maintained original showing very minimal wear, or NOS that has not been professionally serviced.
Completely operable original or "older restoration" showing wear; also, a good amateur restoration, all presentable and serviceable inside and out. Plus combinations of well-done restoration and good operable components or a partially restored watch with all parts necessary to complete a restoration and / or valuable NOS parts.
A wearable watch needing no work to be functional; also, a deteriorated restoration or a poor amateur restoration. All components may need restoration to be "excellent", but the watch is usable "as is".
Needs complete restoration; may or may not be running, but isn't rusted, wrecked or stripped to the point of being useful only for parts.
May or may not be running, but is weathered, wrecked and/or stripped to the point of being useful primarily for parts.
The Internet is littered with various documents about this watch. Here is a quick collection to save you some googling around.
The Seiko World Time A718-5010 - The Frankenstein
All about the A718-5010 digital LCD world time watch from SEIKO, produced in 1984
Counterfeits and Copies of The Seiko A239
As the saying goes, imitation is the highest form of flattery. And the SEIKO A239 had quite a few admirers.
The Seiko World Time A239-50XX - The WOPR
All about the 3rd series of digital LCD world time watch from SEIKO, produced in 1979
Old Ad Scans: Seiko World Time A239-50XX
A small collection of ad and catalog scans of the SEIKO World Time A239-50XX
The Seiko World Time A358-500X - The Alarm
All about the 2nd series of digital LCD world time watch from SEIKO, produced in 1979
The Seiko World Time A708-5000 - The TWA
All about the 4th series of digital LCD world time watch from SEIKO, produced from 1984 through 1988
Counterfeits and Copies of The Seiko M158 PAN AM
As the saying goes, imitation is the highest form of flattery. And the SEIKO M158 had quite a few admirers.
The Seiko World Time M158-500X - PAN AM
All about the 1st series of digital LCD world time watch from SEIKO, produced in 1977
Old Ad Scans: Seiko World Time M158-500X
A small collection of ad and catalog scans of the SEIKO World Time M158-500X
Authenticating The Seiko World Time M158-500X
Tips on confirming the originality of your Seiko World Time M158-5000 and M158-5009
Reference Cities - Changes over the Years
A history of changes to the Cities Dial Frames on SEIKO World Time digital watches from 1977 through 1988