The Seiko Presage line represents the next step up in Seiko’s mechanical watch portfolio from its entry level mechanical watches, with slightly more elaborate designs, as well as the presentation of somewhat more complex movements; it’s here you’ll find automatic chronographs like the urushi-lacquer-dialed SRQ021J1 (with the column wheel, vertical clutch caliber 8R48) as well as self-winding watches with power reserve indications, based on the well-regarded 6Rxx movements.
Seiko has just announced that in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the introduction of its first automatic movement, in 1956, in the Seiko Marvel line, it will be launching a 60th Anniversary Presage watch with date and power reserve. The case shape, dial color, and design of the hands and indexes all follow on from the original of 1956, as seen below.
The new Presage Automatic 60th Anniversary has a 45 hour power reserve, from its automatic caliber 6R27 movement, which can also be hand-wound. The gold-colored rotor is part of the commemorative design package, as is the “snake” S mark on the crown. The 60th Anniversary Presage has sapphire crystals front and back, in a 40.5mm case.
The 60th Anniversary Presage is a limited edition of 1,956, and the price is $1,100. The watch is made in Morioka, at Seiko’s Shizuku-Ishi watch studio; this is the same location where Grand Seikos are manufactured and assembled.Â
The watch is delivered in a 60th Anniversary commemorative box, with a folding clasp and croc strap. If you’d like to find out more about Seiko’s manufactory in Morioka, check out our video coverage of our visit to Japan in 2015 â we saw not only the Seiko Instruments Inc. factory in Morioka, but also Seiko Epson in Shiojiri, where Spring Drive and quartz Grand Seiko watches are made, as well as the Micro Artists Studio, where Seiko’s top-tier Credor chiming watches are created.
See the Presage Collection online, at seikousa.com