Seiko has developed its sporty steel on steel offer watch offer to the point of near perfection. Bringing back Seiko 5 Sports in 2019 was a stroke of genius, creating a platform for special and limited editions that have been flying ever since.
For Seiko’s 140th anniversary this year, the full range of sports models is being used as a canvas for fresh ideas, and these ideas become more than the sum of their parts when you see them executed as we have this week across Astron, Presage, Prospex and Seiko 5 Sports.
All four collections have been made in using the same combination of brushed steel surfaces on cases and bracelets, blue bezels, white or pale dials and blue accents.
Regardless of whether the watches are built around mechanical or the GPS Solar of the Astron, every watch is flinty, crisp and sporty.
Prospex’s lineage stretches back to Seiko’s first diver’s watch in 1965 and the latest limited edition of 6,000 units has all the hallmarks of a classic professional’s timepiece such as the generously applied Lumibrite on hands, markers and the unidirectional bezel.
It has a screw-down crown and case back helping it achieve 200 meter water resistance.
Its 40.5mm steel case houses Seiko’s automatic Caliber 6R35.
Seiko says it will be on sale in June priced at $1,200.
Presage Sharp Edged Series: SPB223
The Presage Sharp Edged Series case and bracelet are designed to catch the eye as light bounces off their flat surfaces and sharp angles.
Its patterned dial is also sharp and textured, appearing to be different shades as it moves.
The watch uses an automatic GMT caliber 6R64 movement with 45 hours power reserve, which can be seen through a clear case back.
It is a limited edition of 3,500 units and will go on sale in June for $1,400.
At 42.7mm across, Seiko’s Astron GPS Solar is the largest of the limited edition family, but it needs the additional space for displaying GPS controlled time zones, dual time with AM/PM indication, a perpetual calendar correct to the year 2100, days of the week, world time in 39 time zones and signal reception indication.
The reference is limited to 1,400 and goes on sale for $2,200 in June in the United States.
Seiko 5 Sports
With a production run of 11,000, the Seiko 5 Sports in white and blue is less limited than other models in the range, but no less desirable.
Its white bezel framed with a blue bezel and matching blue hands is an instant classic.
It is driven by the automatic 4R36 caliber with 41 hour power reserve housed in a 42.5mm steel case and goes on sale this summer for $295.