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Introducing the Seiko 140th Anniversary Prospex, Astron, Presage and 5 Sports Watches

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As this year marks the 140th anniversary of Seiko’s founding in 1881, the Japanese watch manufacturer has gone all out with their 2021 watch releases. We have already seen a limited edition trio of Seiko Prospex Island Green watches and a Seiko Astron GPS Solar Yozakura Limited Edition, but now Seiko has released four more limited edition models across their Prospex, Astron, Presage and 5 Sport families all dressed in the same blue and silvery white livery. 

Back in 1881, a 21 year old Hattori Kintaro opened a boutique selling and repairing watches and clocks in central Tokyo. Driven by his famous motto, “Always one step ahead of the rest”, he established the 'Seikosha' factory eleven years later and from then inspired over a century of innovation. His words resonate within each Seiko watch today and it is his journey of determination and traditional craftsmanship that is celebrated in the new Seiko 140th Anniversary watches inclusive of a throwback diving instrument, a sporty three-hand reference, a GMT dress watch and a high functioning solar powered model. 

Seiko Prospex 140th Anniversary SPB213 Watch 

First up in the series is the Seiko Prospex reference SPB213. As part of the brand’s most popular collection, we have no doubt this will be one of the first to sell out. It’s limited edition design of 6,000 pieces takes inspiration from Seiko’s first ever divers watch from 1965 with a robust 40.5mm stainless steel case and bracelet engineered with a scratch resistant super-hard coating and a 200 metre water resistant screw down crown and case back. As will all the Seiko 140th Anniversary releases, the Prospex model is dressed in a handsome white and blue uniform including a textured white dial with generously applied Lumbrite on the blue hour and minute hands and a blue circular grained unidirectional divers bezel. Housed within the Seiko Prospex 140th Anniversary SPB213 watch is the automatic winding Calibre 6R35 which delivers a 70 hour power reserve and 21,600 vibrations per hour. 

Specifications:

  • Case Size: 40.5mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel with super-hard coating
  • Bezel: Unidirectional
  • Glass: Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  • Crown: Screw in
  • Case Back: Screw down
  • Water Resistance: 200 metres
  • Movement: Calibre 6R35 automatic
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
  • Power Reserve: 70 hours
  • Jewels: 24
  • Frequency: 21,600bph
  • Dial: White with Lumibrite hands
  • Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with super-hard coating
  • Buckle: Three-fold clasp with push button release, secure lock and extender
  • Limited Edition: 6,000
  • RRP: £1,130
  • Release Date: May 2021 

Seiko Astron 140th Anniversary SSH093 Watch

In 2012, Seiko launched the world’s first GPS solar watch with the Seiko Astron, a remarkable timekeeping innovation that allowed travellers and adventurers alike to access accurate timekeeping powered solely by light. The new Seiko Astron 140th Anniversary SSH093 watch continues this legacy with a formidable 42.7mm stainless steel case, wide lugs and a stainless steel bracelet reminiscent of the original quartz Astron watch of 1969. Inside, its technological fortune remains the same with the GPS Dual-Time 5X53 Calibre allowing you to adjust to the exact time anywhere in the world with just a simple touch of a button. The dial is again decorated in a clean light silver colour and adorned in blue accents to pair with the blue ceramic bezel. The limited edition of 1,400 pieces also boasts dual curved sapphire crystal glass, an accuracy of +/– 15 seconds per month and a water resistance of 100 metres. 

Specifications:

  • Case Size: 42.7mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel with super-hard coating
  • Bezel: Blue ceramic, fixed
  • Glass: Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  • Crown: Screw in
  • Case Back: Screw down
  • Water Resistance: 100 metres
  • Movement: Calibre 5X52 Solar
  • Functions: Dual time with AM/PM indication, perpetual calendar, automatic DST adjustment, GPS controlled time and time zone adjustment, time transfer function, signal reception result indication, world time function, power save function
  • Accuracy: +/– 15 seconds per month
  • Dial: White with Lumibrite hands
  • Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with super-hard coating
  • Buckle: Three-fold clasp with push button release
  • Limited Edition: 1,400
  • RRP: £2,080
  • Release Date: June 2021 

Seiko Presage 140th Anniversary SPB223 Watch 

The Seiko Presage Sharp Edged series is a solid contender against even the most revered Swiss made dress watches, and the new Seiko Presage 140th Anniversary SPB223 watch is no exception with a sleek and sophisticated aesthetic reflective of the brand’s Japanese artistry. Characterised by its flat surfaces and sharp inclines, the limited edition of 3,500 pieces sparkles from every angle presented in super-hard coated stainless steel on the 42.4mm case and bracelet. Again, the two-toned silvery white and blue dial is instantly inviting but is this time made all the more so for the unique Asanoha or hemp leaf embossed pattern. The Seiko Presage 140th Anniversary Limited Edition is powered by the automatic winding Calibre 6R64 which powers the centrally mounted 24-hour GMT hand, power-reserve indicator and date display dial. 

Specifications:

  • Case Size: 42.4mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel with super-hard coating
  • Bezel: Blue ceramic, 24 hour scale
  • Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  • Crown: Screw in
  • Case Back: Screw down
  • Water Resistance: 100 metres
  • Movement: Calibre 6R64 automatic
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, GMT, date, power reserve indicator
  • Power Reserve: 45 hours
  • Jewels: 29
  • Frequency: 28,800vph
  • Dial: White with Lumibrite hands
  • Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with super-hard coating
  • Buckle: Three-fold clasp with push button release
  • Limited Edition: 3,500
  • RRP: £1,300
  • Release Date: May 2021 

Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary SRPG47 Watch 

The final instalment in Seiko’s 140th Anniversary collection, and the one with the largest run quantity, is the Seiko 5 Sports reference SRPG47. Limited to a whopping 11,000 pieces, Seiko have high expectations for this design and rightly so, as the familiar aesthetic revives a historic Seiko collection first released in 1963 known as the Seiko Sportmatic 5. In similar fashion, the Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary SRPG47 watch delivers impeccable design and performance including a 42.5mm stainless steel bracelet, Hardlex crystal glass, a 100 metre water resistant rating and a dazzling blue bezel to pair with the central blue hands for hours, minutes and seconds. Powering these functions and the day and date window at 3 o’clock is the trusted Calibre 4R36 with a 41 hour power reserve, 24 jewels and a frequency of 21,600vph. 

Specifications:

  • Case Size: 42.5mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Bezel: Unidirectional
  • Glass: Hardlex crystal
  • Crown: Screw in
  • Case Back: Screw down
  • Water Resistance: 100 metres
  • Movement: Calibre 4R36 automatic
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, day, date
  • Power Reserve: 41 hours
  • Jewels: 24
  • Frequency: 21,600vph
  • Dial: White with Lumibrite hands
  • Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
  • Buckle: Three-fold clasp with push button release and secure lock
  • Limited Edition: 11,000
  • RRP: £270
  • Release Date: May 2021

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