Seiko’s 140th anniversary year continues with another nod to its formative years in two fresh limited editions for the Prospex and Presage lines.
Both watches have visual links to the Ginza district of Tokyo where Seiko founder, Kintaro Hattori, opened a shop selling and repairing clocks and watches in 1881 and where the company remains headquartered to this day.
Visitors to Ginza today can drop in on one of the world’s largest Seiko flagship stores, the Seiko Museum, a boutique dedicated to Seiko Prospex and the Seiko Dream Square.
The 2021 Propex and Presage watches have paved dial patterns inspired by the Ginza district’s historic cobblestone streets in conjunction with a blue-gray colorway that also evokes the modern neighborhood it has become.
The new limited edition Prospex is a modern re-interpretation of the 1959 Alpinist watch.
It is driven by Seiko’s Caliber 6R35, with a power reserve of 70 hours. But the dial is the star of the show.
It has a crazy paving of sun ray patterns which change as light hits it from different angles and capture the texture and feel of Ginza’s cobblestones.
Limited edition may be stretching a definition, since there will be 3,500 made.
It goes on sale in October for €750.
Seiko’s Presage, inspired by the 1964 Seiko Crown Chronograph, is made in a “limited” run of 4,000 pieces and has the same cobblestone-inspired dial pattern.
It also goes on sale in October for €590.