Seiko’s Presage line is the brand’s high(er)-end family of watches, falling somewhere between the Seiko’s entry-level mechanical offerings and Grand Seiko. The collection pulls heavily from Seiko’s design and manufacture heritage, employing higher-tier mechanical movements and an impressive level of hand-finishing not often seen in watches at comparable price points. 2016 first saw the expansion of the Presage line outside of Japan with the release of a set of stunning limited edition chronographs featuring enamel and Urushi-lacquered dials—both of which are now readily available in the States. To round out 2016, Seiko has announced their final Presage release of the year—the Presage Automatic 60th Anniversary SARW027—a stunning timepiece based on Seiko’s first-ever automatic watch from 1956.
Seiko Presage SARW027 60th Anniversary Automatic
Case Stainless steel
Crystal Doubled-dome sapphire with AR
Water Resistance 10 Bar
Dial Pale ivory with golden accents
Movement Seiko 6R27 automatic with power reserve and date
Strap Crocodile with folding clasp
The inspiration is evident even at a cursory glance, with the case, hands, and dial (largely) paying homage to the historical model. Of all the components, the ivory-toned dial steals the spotlight, with finishing that includes fine concentric circles throughout, beautifully sculpted applied indices, and deep cutouts for the power-reserve and date sub-dials.
Powering the watch is Seiko’s 6R27 automatic caliber, a movement that has seen a lot of use within the Presage range. Specs include a beat rate of 28,800 bph (higher than what is offered by the 6R15), Seiko’s Spron 510 mainspring for 45 hours of power reserve, and 29 jewels. The movement can be admired through an exhibition case back.
Limited to 1,956 units, the SARW027 will come with a commemorative box and on a crocodile strap with a folding clasp. The MSRP for the package is $1,100. For more information and to see the full Presage range, visit Seiko.