A new series of six watches inspired by the Speedtimer and Seiko’s sporting timekeeping tradition joins the Prospex collection.
A limited edition watch with a new automatic chronograph movement pays faithful homage to the chronometer design of 1964, while a second version with the same caliber and a series of four solar chronographs complete the range.
The original Seiko Speedtimer was released in 1969, with the new limited edition incorporating several design features from the 1964 chronometer.
The limited-edition chronograph dial pays homage to the 1 / 5th of a second chronometer from 1964 and every detail of its design inherits the precision and readability that were essential to the high performance of the original.
The numerals at each ten-second mark and the markings stand out against the solid white dial and ensure the same high level of readability.
The chronograph seconds hand is slightly curved towards the dial so that the tip of the needle is as close as possible to the dial markers and extends to the tachymeter marks at the very edge of the dial, thus ensuring that the elapsed time can be read accurately at a glance.
The large concave pushers ensure the great operability for which the original chronometer was renowned.
The watch incorporates a new movement from Seiko’s most advanced 8R chronograph series, the caliber 8R46, which shares the same performance attributes as the caliber 8R48, but incorporates two sub-dials instead of three and has an aperture date at six o’clock.
The vertical clutch and column wheel provide the precision and durability that characterize the Caliber 8R Series.
The watch is presented on a stainless steel bracelet specially designed and built for the series.
Its thickness, weight and low center of gravity ensure stability and a high level of comfort on the wrist. If the wearer wishes, the strap can be replaced with the black leather strap which is also included and whose stitching is designed to increase the durability of the strap.
The new Speedtimer is offered in a limited edition of 1,000 units.
In addition to the limited edition watch, a new creation with the same case and strap and also powered by caliber 8R64 joins the main Prospex collection.
The dial design is a subtle nod to Seiko and Japan’s first chronograph wristwatch, the Crown Chronograph from 1964.
Its bevelled indexes, sharp hour and minute hands with colored Lumibrite, chronograph pushers and indexes on the outer ring of the dial echo the design of the original.
Four new solar chronographs complete the range, 39 mm in diameter, available in white, navy, gold and black.
Approximate recommended retail prices will range from approximately $ 3,000 to $ 3,200.
The six creations of the new Speedtimer series will be available from November 2021 in Seiko stores and selected sales partners around the world.
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