Seiko indicates that there will be a popular Japanese watch manufacturer, as the watch fans around the world like the classic beauty, mechanical movement, quality and fair pricing retro-homage watch collection. Last year, in 2016, Seiko released a limited edition of the predictive timer enamel or the Japanese latex paint dial. The limited edition indicates that the exquisite dial watch is sold well, 2017 Seiko is introduced with more extended range indicates the model with a white enamel dial, not specified as a limited edition.
Seiko 2017 indicates that the enamel set will consist of four models that will be commercially close to the end of 2017. Watch from the Seiko to draw inspiration for the first watch from the 1913 brand “laurel”, white enamel dial. Enamel dial today usually found more high-end Swiss watches in Japanese watches, very rare. Enamel dial color and then baked. The heating process makes the permanent color, fresh, warm design is a perennial favorite like those who like the classic, traditional watch design. Seiko offers white enamel dials at these prices that can make them the most affordable enamel dial. One of the reasons we love Seiko is that the same brand is easy to offer the appearance of some of the most traditional and modern watches that do not need to make sacrifices.
Seiko points to the master craftsman Mitsuru Yokozama as the one responsible for running the workshop along with his team that produces the enamel dials for these Seiko Presage timepieces. What will be most impressive here is the work required, with the level of quality, and the volumes that Seiko will be able to achieve. Mr. Yokozama’s team will ensure that the enamel dials are the ideal thickness before the markers are painted no fewer than ten times on the dial to ensure that they are perfectly formed and bold. Small details hearken to traditional design such as the hands whose tips gently bend toward the dial in order to promote better legibility, and which are also curved by hand.
Over the Seiko Presage enamel dials are double-curved AR-coated sapphire crystals. Another sapphire crystal is placed on the rear of the steel case with a view to the movement. Recall that Seiko even grows their own synthetic sapphire crystals in-house.
The largest and most expensive of the four models is the Seiko Presage Automatic Chronograph SRQ023. This piece contains Seiko’s well-regarded and in-house-made mechanical caliber 8R48. This column-wheel chronograph has a desirable vertical clutch and operates at 4Hz with a power reserve of 45 hours. The Seiko Presage Automatic Chronograph SRQ023 comes in a 42mm-wide steel case that is 14.9mm thick and water-resistant to 100 meters. It comes on a black crocodile strap with a deployant buckle. The Seiko Presage Automatic Chronograph SRQ023 melds the look of a classic sporting watch with modern construction.
You’ve probably noticed that all of these models have white enamel dials with Roman numeral hour markers, and perfectly sized blued steel hands. It’s a slick look, and I think Seiko pulled it off well. If anything, the dial looks so classic that the Seiko logo and text on the face actually look a bit too modern compared to everything else.
Next for the new Seiko Presage models is the power reserve indicator model which the brand calls the Seiko Presage Multi-Hand Automatic SPB045. Containing the caliber 6R27 automatic, this movement also operates at 4Hz with 45 hours of power reserve. It has central seconds, the date indicated by a subdial at 6 o’clock, and a power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock. Purists will appreciate the lack of a date window, and this old-school nostalgic style in a 40.5mm-wide polished steel case that is 12.8mm thick (water-resistant to 100 meters) will no doubt appeal to many people around the world – especially with its very accessible price. It also comes on a black crocodile strap.
Fans of tonneau-style watches will be happy to see that Seiko is once again visiting a higher-end non-round case with the Seiko Presage Automatic SPB049. This model has a 35.9mm-wide, 46mm-tall, 12.5mm-thick tonneau case with the caliber 6R15 automatic movement which runs at 3Hz with 50 hours of power reserve. Also on a black alligator strap, this model costs a bit more than its round counterpart because the non-round sapphire crystal and case shape, not to mention the dials, do cost a bit more to produce. I do hope this watch with its handsome timeless looks and nice technical appointments finds a home on many wrists around the world.
The most simple (and affordable) of the 2017 Seiko Presage Enamel watches is the Seiko Presage Automatic SPB047. Like the SPB049 it also contains the 6R15 automatic movement. The case is 40.5mm wide and 12.4mm thick (water resistant to 100 meters). I’m guessing that this very conservative but good-looking Seiko Presage Automatic SPB047 will be Seiko’s volume model – and for good reason. It offers a welcoming familiar look with a handsome enamel dial that makes it a very classy counterpart for a lot of formal attire. It may look a lot like the Seiko watch my father wore in the 1980s, but in a good sort of way.
Seiko indicated an estimated shipping date of September 2017 for these four new Presage Enamel watches. That they are not limited editions points to Seiko’s confidence in the collection as well as their perception of how well they are doing in the market. I really look forward to seeing these hands-on and feel that they are going to be an excellent choice for watch lovers looking to get more than just your standard dress watch, but who don’t want to break the bank. I also think this is going to be a great choice for anyone who needs to or wants to wear a nice watch but isn’t per se a watch collector. Prices for the Seiko Presage Enamel 2017 collection are 2,650 euros for the Presage Automatic Chronograph SRQ023, 1,300 euros for the Presage Multi-Hand Automatic SPB045, 1,300 euros for the Presage Automatic SPB049, and 1,100 euros for the Presage Automatic SPB047.