Many of Seiko’s most recent endearing releases are with watches that pay homage to some of the brand’s most celebrated models from its decorated past. Take for example the Seiko Presage 60s style collection that is inspired by the Crown Chronograph, which was released in 1964 and was Seiko and Japan’s first wristwatch equipped with a stopwatch function. Or the Seiko Prospex Divers 55th anniversary release which celebrated the release of Seiko’s first dive watch and saw the release of three of the most important landmarks from Seiko’s first decade as a maker of diver’s watches which were re-created in ode to first achievement.
Seiko’s latest six additions to the Prospex family pay tribute to the design of the Seiko Stopwatch which was released in 1964. This was an important year in Seiko’s history, as they were named the official timer of the Tokyo Olympics. The Olympic games gave Seiko the opportunity to disseminate their reputation as a globally respected brand. Before the games Seiko did not were not well versed in the timing of sports, as they did not yet have produced stopwatches that were designed specifically for sports. It was only in 1962 that the brand developed a stopwatch that was considered “suitable for use for the Olympic Games and other international competitions.”
Seiko developed a total of 36 models and 1,278 timing industuments for the Olympic games. Through the impeccable performance of the timing apparatus and the global exposure, Seiko experienced a considerable expansion in global sales.It also spurred on the release of the Seiko Speedtimer which was released in 1969, as it incorporated the design of the original Seiko Stopwatch. The Seiko Speedtimer was powered by the groundbreaking caliber 6139 movement, it was the world’s first automatic chronograph with a column wheel and vertical clutch.
The limited edition model in the new Seiko Speedmaster collection features a clean white chronograph dial that pays homage to the design of the 1/5th second stopwatch from 1964 and every detail of its design inherits the precision and legibility that were crucial to the high performance of the original. It also incorporates Seiko’s most advanced chronograph 8R series, Caliber 8R46. It shares the same performance attributes as Caliber 8R48 but incorporates two sub-dials instead of three and has a date window at the six o’clock position. It is limited to just 1000 pieces worldwide.
In addition to the limited edition model there is another model which shares the same movement, case design and bracelet but features a grey dial that pays homage to the 1964 Crown Chronograph. The remaining four models include four new solar chronographs powered by Caliber V192.
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