The Ginza district in central Tokyo has a special importance for Seiko. It was where the company’s founder, Kintaro Hattori, opened a shop selling and repairing clocks and watches in 1881, when he was just 21 years old and, today, Ginza is still where the company is located.
In celebration of Seiko’s 140th anniversary and its long association with Ginza, two limited editions are today introduced into the Prospex and Presage collections which capture both the classic and modern faces of Ginza. Both creations have dial patterns that echo the district’s traditional cobblestone streets but are in a blue-grey tone that also evokes the contemporary feel of the many modern and architecturally interesting buildings which define Ginza today. Heritage and modernity. History and progress. These two creations capture the essential characteristics of today’s Seiko.
The Presage creation features the same cobblestone-inspired dial pattern and Komparu colour seconds hand, but the watch has the distinguished aspect of the recently released “Style60’s” design series inspired by the 1964 Seiko Crown Chronograph. The box-shaped glass, sharp hands and faceted indexes are inherited directly from the Crown Chronograph and create a retro feel that matches perfectly with the classic dial pattern. The opening at the 9 o’clock position allows the wearer to see and enjoy the beating of the escapement and the 24 hour sub-dial above it offers a different and useful way to tell the time. This Presage watch is offered as a limited edition of 4,000 and will also be available in Seiko Boutiques and selected retail partners worldwide in October 2021.
Seiko Presage: SSA445
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
Power reserve: 41 hours
Number of jewels: 24
Stainless steel case and bracelet
Box-shaped Hardlex crystal
See-through screw case back
Diameter: 40.8mm, Thickness: 12.8mm
Water resistance: 5 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Three-fold clasp with push button release
Limited edition of 4,000
Recommended retail price in Australia: $895
Availability: October/ November 2021.
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