Seiko Presage Previews Four New Enamel-Dialed Watches

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Seiko’s Presage collection was, for much of its existence, a Japan-only product. At Baselworld last year, however, the Japanese giant expanded the series to the States in grand fashion with two limited edition chronographs featuring beautiful enamel and Urushi-lacquered dials. Since then, Seiko has continued growing the line with wonderful, value-driven timepieces (case in point: this fantastic 60th anniversary watch we wrote about late last year).

With Baselworld just around the corner, Seiko is kicking off 2017 with a set of new additions to the Presage series featuring enamel dials not unlike those they presented last year. The inspiration for these four watches is drawn from Seiko’s first-ever wristwatch produced in 1913 under the “Laurel” name, as well as a pocket watch Seiko produced in 1895 called the “Time Keeper.”

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Introducing the new enamel-dialed Presage collection from Seiko.

Seiko, of course, is known for its superb work with enamel, and the process behind the production of such dials is incredibly labor intensive and precise. Luckily, the firm’s efforts are spearheaded by master craftsman Mitsuru Yokozawa, who has nearly half a century of experience under his belt and runs the workshop responsible for the manufacture of these beautiful dials. To read more about how these dials are made, click here.

Now, on to the watches.


 

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Presage Enamel Automatic Chronograph SRQ023

The Presage Enamel Automatic Chronograph is essentially a re-issue of the one Seiko released last year, though this one features a handful of aesthetic changes and it isn’t a limited production model. Powering the watch is Seiko’s 8R48 caliber.

Case: Stainless steel
Dimensions: 42mm wide; 14.8mm thick
Crystal: Double domed sapphire with AR
Water Resistance: 10 bar
Movement: Cal. 8R48 automatic chronograph; column wheel and vertical clutch; 28,800 bph; 45 hour power reserve
Strap: Crocodile with a three-fold clasp
Price: 2,650 Euro (approximately $2,815)

Presage Enamel Multi-Hand Automatic SPB045

The Multi-Hand Automatic features a layout that we’ve seen before from the Presage line, featuring a power reserve indicator at nine and a pointer calendar sub-dial at six.

Case: Stainless steel
Dimensions: 40.5mm wide; 12.8mm thick
Crystal: Double domed sapphire with AR
Water Resistance: 10 bar
Movement: Cal. 6R27; 28,800 bph; 45 hour power reserve
Strap: Crocodile with a three-fold clasp
Price: 1,300 Euro (approximately $1,381)

Presage Automatic SPB047

Getting down to basics, the SPB047 is a simple three-hander with a date complication powered by the reliable 6R15 caliber.

Case: Stainless steel
Dimensions: 40.5mm wide; 12.4mm thick
Crystal: Double domed sapphire with AR
Water Resistance: 10 bar
Movement: Cal. 6R15; 21,600 bph; 50 hour power reserve
Strap: Crocodile with a three-fold clasp
Price: 1,100 Euro (approximately $1,168)

Presage Automatic SPB049

And finally, like the SPB047, the SPB049 features the same 6R15 movement, but  here Seiko packages it in a handsome tonneau case.

Case: Stainless steel
Dimensions: 46mm vertical; 35.9mm horizontal; 12.5mm thick
Crystal: Double curved sapphire with AR
Water Resistance: 5 bar
Movement: Cal. 6R15; 21,600 bph; 50 hour power reserve
Strap: Crocodile with a three-fold clasp
Price: 1,300 Euro (approximately $1,381)

Seiko will premiere these watches at Baselworld next month, so stay tuned for our hands-on coverage. The entire collection is expected to hit retailers September, 2017. Seiko Presage

Ilya is worn&wound's Managing Editor and Video Producer. He believes that when it comes to watches, quality, simplicity and functionality are king. This may very well explain his love for German and military-inspired watches. In addition to watches, Ilya brings an encyclopedic knowledge of leather, denim and all things related to menswear.
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  • Pete

    It will be interesting to see how the movements are finished in these. Regardless, I think I’m going to be all over the tonneau-shaped version later in the year.

  • Svetoslav Popov

    Will someone tell me what is the difference between SPB047 and domestic only model SARX019 selling for about 600$

    • bcarbs

      Looks like the text on the dial is a little different… The retail price is about the same, so ultimately the SPB will probably sell for the same price.

  • bcarbs

    You got me all hot and bothered with the 28,800 bph spec in the description for the 3-hander… but the 6R15 is only 3 hz 🙁

    • Sanjay Lohar

      Unfortunately the 6R15 is the only one in the family with a 21,600bph, all the other variants have the higher 28,800bph to my knowledge.

    • Thanks for the catch! Updated the specs.
      -Ilya

      • bcarbs

        Thanks for the preview, anyway! Can’t wait to see actual photos of them.

        Great to see Seiko giving their customers in the States some love!

  • Andrew Hughes

    The non-LE SRQ023 looks sexy… even if it has Roman numerals… usually a no-go for me.

  • Nick

    Can someone tell me what the difference is between the SPB models and the SARW models?

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