My Pick for Baselworld 2017: Seiko

Seiko is a brand synonymous with affordable timepieces. However, it should not be forgotten that they have made great strides with the Grand Seiko and also the elusive Credor. To draw a clear distinction between the affordable Seiko watches and their high-end watch making endeavours, the Grand Seiko brand will be re-established as a separate brand from Seiko. It’s a big step forward for the Japanese brand endeared by many watch aficionados. Let’s see what 2017 brings for the main Seiko line-up.

Rebirth of Seiko’s first Dive Watch

Prospex
First Diver’s Re-creation Limited Edition: SLA017

Seiko is one of the first watch companies to create a watch meant for diving. Seiko’s and Japan’s first ever diver’s watch was made in 1965 at a time when watches with high levels of water resistance were not widely available. It incorporated an automatic mechanical caliber and delivered 150m water resistance. The watch was designed for maximum reliability and legibility in the harshest conditions and was used by the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition from 1966 to 1969.

For 2017, Seiko relaunched this very dive watch under the Prospex range. It has a box-shaped sapphire crystal and 200m water resistance for greater reliability and a silicone strap for enhanced wearability both outside a wetsuit and on the wrist. Durability is also enhanced by the super-hard coating which protects the watch from scratches. The Seiko SLA017 is a hand assembled and adjusted masterpiece which will be available in a limited edition of 2,000 pieces from July 2017.

Two other homage models were also launched:

SPB051
SPB051
SPB053
SPB053

Specifications and Pricings

Caliber 8L35
Driving system: Automatic
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Power reserve: 50 hours
Number of jewels: 26
Stainless steel case with super-hard coating
Box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw case back. Screw-down crown
Water resistance: 200m diver’s
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 39.9mm, Thickness: 14.1mm
Silicone strap. A stainless steel bracelet is included.
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 3,800 Euro (est. S$5,700) – Limited Edition of 2,000 pcs

SPB051, 053

Caliber 6R15
Driving system: Automatic
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
Power reserve: 50 hours
Number of jewels: 23 jewels
Stainless steel case with super-hard coating
Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw case back. Screw-down crown
Water resistance: 200m diver’s
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 42.6mm, Thickness: 13.8mm
Stainless steel bracelet with three-fold clasp with push button release, secure lock and extender (SPB051)
Silicone strap (SPB053)
Approximate recommended retail prices in Europe:
SPB051 – 1,100 Euro (est. S$1,650)
SPB053- 900 Euro (est. S$1,350)

Presage of Enamel and Cocktails

Cocktail

The Presage collection was introduced to the international market at Baselworld 2016. In just twelve short months, the collection has established an important position in the hearts and minds of lovers of fine watchmaking in the world, thanks to the diversity of its designs, its outstanding value for money and the wide range of calibers from the accessible 4R through 6R to the exclusive 8R.

Presage brings together several of Seiko’s most important advances in mechanical watchmaking, including the Magic Lever, the unique and highly durable Spron alloys used in the springs and the Diashock protection system.

Leading the Presage collection for 2017 are four new Enamel dial models with distinctive features and eight new Cocktail models inspired by different cocktails:

Enamel

Enamel
SPB045

Enamel Range

Cocktail

Cocktail Range

Specifications and Pricings – Enamel Collection

Automatic Chronograph: SRQ023

Caliber 8R48
Chronograph up to 12 hours, Column wheel and vertical clutch systems
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Power reserve: 45 hours
Number of jewels: 34
Stainless steel case, Enamel dial
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw see-through case back
Diameter: 42.0mm, Thickness: 14.9mm
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 2,650 Euro (est. S$4,000)

Multi-hand Automatic: SPB045

Caliber 6R27
Three hands with calendar and power reserve sub-dial
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Power reserve: 45 hours
Number of jewels: 29
Stainless steel case, Enamel dial
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw see-through case back
Diameter: 40.5mm, Thickness: 12.8mm
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 1,300 Euro (est. S$1,960)

Automatic: SPB047, 049

Caliber 6R15
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second
Power reserve: 50 hours
Number of jewels: 23

SPB047

Stainless steel case, Enamel dial
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw see-through case back
Diameter: 40.5mm, Thickness: 12.4mm
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 1,100 Euro (est. S$1,650)

SPB049

Stainless steel case, Enamel dial
Dual-cylinder sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Vertical: 46.0mm, Horizontal: 35.9mm, Thickness: 12.5mm
Water resistance: 5 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 1,300 Euro (est. S$1,960)

Specifications and Pricings – Cocktail Collection

Automatic with center power reserve indicator: SSA341, 343, 345, 346

Caliber 4R57
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
Power reserve: 41 hours
Number of jewels: 29
Stainless steel case
Box-shaped Hardlex crystal
Screw see-through case back
Diameter: 40.5mm, Thickness: 14.5mm
Water resistance: 5 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m<
Stainless steel bracelet with deployment clasp with push button release (SSA341)
Calf strap with three-fold clasp with push button release (SSA343, 345, 346)
Approximate recommended retail prices in Europe: from 540 Euro (est. S$800)

Automatic: SRPB41, 43, 44, 46

Caliber 4R35
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
Power reserve: 41 hours
Number of jewels: 23Stainless steel case
Box-shaped Hardlex crystal
Screw see-through case back
Diameter: 40.5mm, Thickness: 11.8mm
Water resistance: 5 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m<
Stainless steel bracelet with deployment clasp with push button release (SRPB41)
Calf strap with three-fold clasp with push button release (SRPB43, 44, 46)
Approximate recommended retail prices in Europe: from 410 Euro (est. S$600)

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