The 1960s will be remembered as a decade of technical development and design creativity for Seiko Watches, with the introduction of King Seiko timepieces helping Seiko Watch Corporation to lead developments in world-leading technological precision. The King Seiko showed the company’s ability to create beautifully designed and finished timepieces with a high degree of construction quality. And today, after more than half a century, the King Seiko watch collection continues with its graceful designs.
To mark this milestone, Seiko have introduced new additions to the King Seiko collection that includes a timepiece commemorating the 110th anniversary of Japan’s very first wristwatch.
The new King Seiko 37mm 110th Anniversary Limited Edition celebrates Kameido, the birthplace of the brand, where Japan’s very first wristwatch was born. The watch has a newly developed signature press pattern on a unique dark brown dial that has been inspired by a traditional Japanese geometric pattern known as Kikkoumon, based on the hexagonal shape of a tortoise shell. In Japanese culture the tortoise is a powerful symbol of longevity and good fortune. It is also associated with samurai armour, signifying strength and victory.
The new King Seiko 37mm is fitted to a new three-fold clasp with an exclusive push button release, and also comes with an additional strap made from calf leather.
There will only be 1,200 of these limited-edition watches made, priced at £1,600, available at selected Seiko Boutiques and retailers worldwide as well as at Seikoboutique.co.uk.
In addition, Seiko has also introduced an entirely new 39mm case size into the King Seiko watch collection a year after its successful relaunch. The King Seiko KSK 6R 39mm features larger dials than those of their 37mm predecessor alongside some subtle refinements to the design and manufacturing so as to maintain the graceful feel of these new watches.
This new series features three creations in stainless steel with white, dark blue and green dials. The indexes are bolder and include an additional facet to better reflect light to enhance legibility. The lugs are also wider, while the upper surface has a hairline finish. The angular sides are polished to enhance the contrast of the case which is fitted with a stainless steel bracelet and is water resistant to 100 metres.
The larger 39mm case houses the new Caliber 6R55, which has an increased power reserve of three full days (72 hours), which is indicated on the six o’clock position and has been achieved without compromising the watch’s sleek shape or its accuracy.
The King Seiko KSK 6R 39mm is now available at selected Seiko Boutiques and retailers worldwide as well as at Seikoboutique.co.uk, prices at £1,700.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a former member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of Seiko Watches