Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley wearing the 7A28-7000 with Carrie Henn as Newt.

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The Alien films introduced some fabulous fictional technology, but not everything was custom made. One example is the Seiko watch worn by Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in James Cameron’s 1986 film “Aliens”.

The Seiko Chronograph 7A28-7000 was released in 1983, three years before the film’s release, crafted by Italian car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. The watch wasn’t just notable as Ripley’s timepiece of choice, though. It also contained Seiko’s calibre 7A28 analogue quartz chronograph movement, the very first ever quartz chronograph.

It’s not quite 30 years after the release of Aliens, which occurred in July 1986, but Seiko Japan has has re-released a limited run of Ripley’s watch, renamed the SCED035. It will also be releasing a black version, the SCED037.


The SCED035 (left) and the original 7A28-7000.


The Chronograph 7A28-7000 and the stainless steel SCED035 are not exactly the same. The re-issued watches will run on the newer calibre 7T12 analogue quartz chronograph movement. The design is also slightly different on the SCED035, too, missing the crown and pusher on the left side of the case. This is to prevent accidental button presses.

Everything about the watch, including the bracelet, remain the same. It’s no shrinking violet of a timepiece, the case measuring 42.2 wide by 41.8 millimetres long, and 10.8 millimetres thick. It boasts water resistance to 100 metres and 5 years of battery life. It also includes a 24-hour hand and a stopwatch function.

If you want one, you’d better hurry: the SCED035 and SCED037 are each limited to 3,000 pieces, selling for ¥32,000 ($260) and ¥36,000 ($290) respectively, plus tax.

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