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1986 Seiko Speedmaster by Giorgetto Giugiaro

by Watchismo
on 01 February 2008

If you've ever asked yourself, "What was that amazing watch Lieutenant Ripley wore in the 1986 movie 'Aliens?'" I have the answer for you. It was a Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed Seiko Speedmaster Chronograph. The vertical stopwatch pushers placed inside the asymmetrical case extension are what makes the watch entirely unique. Personally, I think he may have been influenced by the design of the 1973 LIP Mach 2000 that came out 12 years earlier. Many of Giugiaro's other designs for Seiko between 1985-86 had asymmetric qualities as well, which you can see on Watchismo.


For those of you who don't know, Giorgio Giugiaro was one of the most important car designers of the 20th century. Credited with the "folded paper" car designs of the 1970s and '80s, he was responsible for such classics as the Lotus Esprit, De Lorean DMC 12, Maserati Merak, Bora, Quattroporte, BMW M1, and most interesting to learn, my first car, the Volkswagen Scirocco.

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