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Seiko x Giugiaro Design Astron Limited Edition

Renowned design house, Giugiaro, and Japanese watchmaker, Seiko, have collaborated many times over the years. Their latest collaboration, interestingly, is not only inspired by two very famous past watches, it’s inspired by models the companies designed together in the 1980s. Seiko Ref. 7A28-7000 re-issue, on Adam Craniotes’ wrist The so-called “Alien Seiko Chronographs,” worn by Bishop (Lance Henriksen) and Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), in Aliens, reference 7A28-6000 and 7A28-7000, respectively, were in fact designed by Giugiaro Design. Seiko Aliens Ref. 7A28-6000, 1983 The new Seiko x Giugiaro Design Astron Limited Edition blends past design cues, such as the unmistakable asymmetrical-shaped aesthetic of the Seiko Alien Chronographs, combined with an advanced solar-powered GPS Astron chronograph movement (caliber 8X82), and housed in a modern titanium case (46.3 mm x 13.3 mm). Further adding to the appeal, the entire case and bracelet are protected

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Seiko recreates their first diver's watch

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Seiko is a name that has been synonymous with diving watches, ever since they produced their first diver’s watch – the 62MAS – in 1965. Water-resistant watches were not abundant in the 1960s the way they are today, and so the 150 meters water-resistant 62MAS (pictured above), which was also Japan’s first diver’s watch, made a significant impact that is still apparent today. “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,” according to Seiko. And this, of course, led to a numerous diver’s watches, including the Turtle, Tuna, Monster, and others. Seiko 2017 62MAS re-edition (Ref. SLA017) The new Seiko 62MAS Prospex re-edition is aesthetically faithful to the original (39.9 mm x 14.1 mm). For instance, the case is virtually identical, with

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Baselworld 2017: Seiko Presage Enamel collection

This is a quick hands-on look at Seiko’s new Presage Enamel collection that was previewed before Baselworld. Three of the four references in the collection are under $1500, with the chronograph coming in under $3000. As you can see in the picture below, the movement is not finished to crazy high Swiss standards, but it is reliable, made in-house, and you will never get an oven-baked enamel dial like this on a Swiss made timepiece for anywhere near this price point. You can read the full details, including the prices, in the article that we published last month.

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Seiko Chariot "Steve Jobs" Re-Edition

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Seiko has announced that they are making a special re-edition of the 1984 Chariot timepiece that was famously worn by late Apple founder, Steve Jobs, in an iconic black-and-white portrait (taken by Norma Seeff) where he posed with the first generation of Macintosh, which made the cover of Time magazine. The original Seiko Chariot that Jobs wore was 33 mm, with a quartz movement and white dial and was sold at auction in February 2016 for $42,500. Seiko is making 1982 limited numbered editions in both the original 33 mm size with white dial, and a more modern 37.5 mm white dial version. These are just for the Japanese market. There will be a second model with a black dial, also available in 33 mm and 37.5 mm variants, limited to 300 pieces made exclusively for Japanese retailer Nano Universe.

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The Seiko Presage Enamel Collection

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After the successful debut of the limited edition Presage Chronograph collection – with the option of a white or black enamel dial – last year at Baselworld, Japanese watchmaker Seiko has announced a new collection of four enamel dial Presage timepieces. The Seiko Presage Multi-Hand Automatic, Chronograph, and Automatics (one in a circular-shaped case and the other in Tonneau-shaped case). Each variant comes in a stainless steel case with a white enamel dial with black transferred markings, blued leaf-shaped hour and minute hands, a blued crescent seconds hand, a curved sapphire crystal, a crocodile strap with a three-fold clasp with push button release, and is water-resistant to 100 meters. Seiko Presage Multi-Hand Automatic (ref. SPB045) The Seiko Presage Multi-hand Automatic comes in a 40.5 mm x 12.8 mm case and is powered by a caliber 6R27, which is an automatic

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A sneak peek of three new Seiko Prospex divers

On January 1st, 2017 Seiko revealed a sneak peek of two upcoming Prospex Divers, the SRPB11 “Turtle” (pictured below - left), and the SRPBO9 ( pictured below - right), on Facebook. Both divers have a 200 meter water-resistance rating and feature limited edition engraved caseback and special packaging. Then today they published yet another sneak peek to their Facebook page, showing the image (pictured top) which is the Prospex x PADI Special Edition SRPA83 and that features a stainless steel and ceramic case with a silicone strap. This is coming in early March.

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Seiko Presage Automatic 60th Anniversary Limited Edition

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Seiko has just announced a limited edition timepiece that pays homage to the company’s first automatic watch that was launched in 1956. The Seiko Presage Automatic 60th Anniversary Limited Edition has a similar look to the original Seiko Automatic, including its “curved pale ivory dial,” its retrograde power reserve indicator, and the snake “S” mark which was first seen on the Seiko Automatic in 1956. However, the “S” is emblazoned on the crown whereas the original had the mark on the dial. Through the caseback of this limited edition, you can see the automatic movement, including a special gold-plated rotor. You can also see the number of the limited edition “XXXX/1956” around the steel perimeter of the caseback. The watch is powered by modern automatic caliber 6R27 which has 29 jewels and a 45-hour power reserve. A stainless steel case

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Japan's first automatic mechanical watch

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The origins of Seiko began in 1881 when Kintarō Hattori opened a watch and jewelry shop in Tokyo’s Ginza district. A little over a decade after opening the shop, in 1892, Hattori started manufacturing clocks under the “Seikosha” name, which roughly translates to “the house of exquisite workmanship.” The Laurel, produced in 1913, was the company’s first watch, and also the first wristwatch made in Japan. However, it was not until 1924 that the first watches produced under the Seiko name were introduced. The Laurel was the first Japanese wristwatch, created in 1913 before the brand Seiko was used In 1956, Seiko introduced its first watch with a movement that was designed fully in-house. The Seiko Marvel incorporated Seiko’s “Diashock” shock absorption system – and that was just the beginning of many years of innovations to come from Japan’s oldest

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Photo Report: Seiko opens Miami Design District boutique

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Last week, Seiko Corporation of America held the grand opening of its second United States boutique – which is also Seiko’s 71st boutique worldwide – in Miami’s Design District. The opening event was held at Michael’s Genuine in Miami, hosted by Seiko Corporation of America Chairman Akio Naito, and attended by over 100 guests. The Design District is known for its destination shopping that includes the world’s most prestigious brands and fittingly the new store primarily focuses on Seiko’s prestigious collections, including Grand Seiko, Astron, and Credor. It will also showcase collections never before sold in the US, including Presage, and various boutique exclusives within the US, including the Prospex collection. “The opening of our Miami Seiko Boutique truly signifies the beginnings of Seiko’s position as a permanent global leader in the timepiece industry. This boutique is a showcase of

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REVIEW: Seiko Prospex SRP775 Diver

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Seiko is not only the oldest Japanese watch manufacture – with horological expertise dating to 1892 – they also have an incredibly strong diving heritage. In 1965, Seiko released their first dive watch, the 150 meter water-resistant reference 62MAS-010. Many dive watch models followed over the years. And not much has changed in that regard, as Seiko continues to make numerous dive watch models across a broad range of price points. For this article, we will focus on the modern SRP775 Prospex Diver, based on vintage reference 6309 that was produced from 1976-1988. Introduced at Baselworld 2015, the Prospex SRP775 Diver, nicknamed the “Turtle,” shares the original 6309’s cushion-shaped case design and has approximately the same dimensions. In fact, the hands, bezel, crown – and even the embossed logo on the back – are virtually the same. There are, of

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