Seiko’s 140th anniversary year is continuing apace with the introduction of four fresh limited editions for summer that join a group of novelties that were introduced at the start of the year.
Back in January, Seiko kicked off celebrations with a series of creations that embody the spirit of the company’s founder Kintaro Hattori in the form of fresh Prospex, Presage and Astron watches inspired by the landscapes, oceans and cities of Japan.
2021’s first Prospex diver’s watches were inspired by the island of Iriomote, a divers’ paradise in the East China Sea between Taiwan and Japan’s mainland that is home to several species of rare flora and fauna, coral reefs, jungle, mangrove forests, beaches, rivers and waterfalls.
There are two mechanical watches in the anniversary Prospex collection based on Seiko’s 1968 diving timekeepers and one solar chronograph. All of them with green dials, arguably the hottest trend in watchmaking this year.
January also saw the launch of an automatic Presage in the style of the Sharp Edged Series first seen last year. Seiko says its design is inspired by the Tokyo dawn, with an angular construction that causes the watch to sparkle as light hits it from different directions.
A third piece was the Astron GPS Solar Dual-Time 5X53: SSH083 that adopted the colors of Japanese cherry blossom seen at night when they give off an ethereal glow under the stars. The watch’s black steel case and bracelet act as the night sky while its dial, which fades from purple to pink, reflects the blossoms.
Seiko’s sporty summer watches
As we move towards summer, Seiko is presenting four more anniversary watches; this time they are given a brighter and lighter feel with blue and silvery white designs.
In addition, a new classical King Seiko, a re-creation of the 1965 King Seiko KSK, has been launched. But more on that later.
First we look at the four fresh faces of Seiko’s sportier watches.
There is a new Prospex based on Seiko’s first ever diver’s watch from 1965 arriving in time for summer. It has a white dial framed by a blue unidirectional bezel.
It is easy to read in the day, night or depths of the ocean thanks to wide hands with generous LumiBrite coating.
The steel on steel watch houses a Caliber 6R35 automatic movement with 70 hour power reserve. The limited edition of 6,000 pieces is water resistant to 200 meters and is priced at $1,200.
A Sharp Edged Series Presage has a white dial with an Asanoha or hemp leaf texture; an instantly recognizable geometric pattern that has been used for more than a thousand years in Japanese fabrics and architecture.
The 42mm steel watch on an integrated steel bracelet is powered by the automatic GMT caliber 6R64. The $1,400 watch is made in a limited edition of 3,500.
Seiko Astron GPS Solar
An Astron GPS Solar has the same curved silhouette and the wide case lugs as the Quartz Astron watch of 1969 but the watch 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 advanced features including high-speed time zone adjustment and a ‘Time Transfer’ function.
The dial is a clean light silver color with blue accents, and the bezel is in blue ceramic. The 42.7mm piece is limited to a production run of 1,400 and is selling for $2,200.
Seiko 5 Sports
At an attractive price of just $295, the Seiko 5 Sports anniversary watch, which is limited to 11,000, comes with a dazzling white dial with a blue bezel and hands powered by the 4R36 automatic movement with 41 hour power reserve.
It comes in a 42.5mm stainless steel case with integrated bracelet.
King Seiko KSK
Perhaps the most collectable fresh face for Seiko’s 140th anniversary is a recreation of its 1965 King Seiko KSK as a limited edition of 3,000 units.
This is a watch that, in the sixties, was created as part of Seiko’s mission to make the perfect wristwatch, and its 2021 interpretation delivers on that same promise.
The original King Seiko KSK introduced a sharper, more angular, design and the reinterpretation picks up on this style with a combination of a flat dial with faceted indexes and broad, sharp hands.
Its 38.1mm steel case has sharp, bold faceted lugs with large flat planes and razor sharp angles that are polished to a distortion-free mirror finish.
The King Seiko KSK was a manually wound watch, but this year’s model houses Seiko’s slimline automatic caliber, 6L35 with 45 hour power reserve.
It first went on sale in January priced at $3,300.