2021 marks the 140th anniversary of Seiko’s birth, the company was founded by Kintaro Hattori in Tokyo, Japan. Hattori founded the company when he was just 21 years old, having first began working as a clockmaker apprentice at the age of 13. The creation of Seiko coincided with the dawning of a new-era of Japanese made clocks and watches, which would begin to the set new, unprecedented standards of watchmaking. During Hattori’s fifty years at the helm of the company, Seiko became the leading watch making company in Japan, developing its own unique design and production facilities. This achievement was a direct result of his single-minded vision that Seiko should always be “one step ahead of the rest”.
In celebration of their 140th anniversary Seiko have released a collection of four limited edition watches that, together, epitomise the range of Seiko’s watchmaking expertise. The collection consists of a model from each of Seiko’s four representative collections: Prospex, Presage, Astron and Seiko 5.
Each model from the collection offers a combination of a silvery-white dial and touches of blue that capture the scene of a blue sky piercing through the clouds above. Seiko have stated that the concept behind the aesthetics is ‘Just as if sunlight spreads its glow throughout the sky, the new creations inspire us to move toward a brighter future.’ Seiko’s desire to be continuously innovative and continue to push boundaries is an integral reason that the company has enjoyed such preeminent levels of success over its 140 year history.
Seiko Prospex 140th Anniversary SPB213J1
Limited to just 6,000 pieces worldwide, this Prospex is a modern re-interpretation of Seiko’s first ever diver’s watch that was released in 1965, since then Seiko has been exceeding expectation for divers with its innovative technology. This is a timepiece that will guide you through the challenges in the deep blue.
The wide hands and generously applied Lumibrite deliver high visibility while the screw-down crown and case-back ensure 200 meter water resistance. The watch case and back are shaped to sit easily on the wrist.
SHOP SPB213J1 by clicking here – RRP £1,130
Seiko Presage Sharp Edge GMT 140th Anniversary SPB223J1
Limited to just 3,500 pieces, this iteration of the Presage combines Japanese aesthetic with traditional craftsmanship that display Seiko’s mechanical watchmaking skills and ability to offer Japanese beauty, quality and long-lasting performance. The Presage Sharp Edged Series case and bracelet incorporate flat surfaces with sharp angles that allows the watch to sparkle from every angle. The case has a super-hard coating that protects the case and bracelet from scratches but also preserves its brilliance. The dial has an Asanoha or hemp leaf pattern that has been used for a thousand years and more in Japanese fabrics and architecture. The rich texture of the dial’s geometric pattern creates an infinite variety of shades at different angles as the light moves across it. The watch is powered by the automatic GMT caliber 6R64.
SHOP SPB223J1 by clicking here – RRP £1,300
Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary SRPG47K1
Limited to 11,000 pieces this Seiko 5 Sports embodies the instantly recognisable aesthetics of the collection, with a familiar case that houses a dial, which for the very first time for a Seiko 5 Sports, comes in white.
With this dazzling dial and the blue bezel and hands, the watch demands to be worn all summer long. Seiko’s trusted automatic 4R36 caliber delivers the reliability for which the series has long been celebrated.
SHOP SRPG47K1 by clicking here – RRP £270
Seiko Astron 140th Anniversary SSH093J1
Limited to just 1,400 pieces, this Seiko Astron embraces the collection’s groundbreaking history, as it consists of the same curved silhouette and the same wide case lugs as the Quartz Astron watch of 1969 that remains one of Seiko’s most celebrated technological achievements, because it was the world’s first quartz watch ever made. The design is brought right up to date with the GPS Solar Dual-Time 5X53 Caliber that adjusts to the exact time anywhere in the world, using just the power of light and offers several advanced features including high-speed time zone adjustment and a ‘Time Transfer’ function. The dial is a clean light silver colour with blue accents, and the bezel is in blue ceramic.
SHOP SSH093J1 – coming July 2021.