Seiko Continues to Dial-In the Speedtimer with Three New References

Seiko has let their solar powered caliber V192 flourish this year in watches like the excellent SSC819 (and 813/815/817) which we reviewed right here (see more of our Seiko reviews right here), and the SSC6XXX references from 2017. Today, we get a new entry to the list with a trio of new Speedtimers, each featuring a distinctive colorway and a nifty red timing seconds hand. These are Speedtimers, after all, much like the group released late last year, but the newest models ramp up the sporty visual flair a touch further. Seiko still claims the 6139 as inspiration for these watches, however don’t expect to find much in the way of throwback flavor. 

The newest Speedtimers encompass the reference range SSC911, 913, and 915. They range from the ever popular true panda colorway of the 911, to black and red in the 915, to the vibrant blue and red of the 913. Unlike the prior Speedtimers, these watches get a non-rotating bezel assembly with dual tone aluminum inserts. This design affords more of a classic look and feel opposed to the structured bezel piece found on the earlier examples. Likewise, the newest watches get a more traditional 41.4mm case design with a full end-link butting right up the case between the lugs.


Within the dial itself you’ll find a familiar scene that doesn’t deviate too far from the established formula with these SSC references. The minute index has migrated to the rehaut and the hour blocks have taken on a shorter, squat appearance. Most importantly, the off-white lume has been replaced with a more straightforward white allowing the watch to lean into more modern digs. 

The solar chronograph caliber V192 offers a 50 minute totalizer at 6 o’clock, however when the chronograph is not in use, the minute counter is repurposed as a power reserve indication of sorts, which provides 6 months of power when fully charged. At the sub-dial at 3 o’clock you’ll find a 24 hour hand, and a running second indication at 9 o’clock. Finally, a date window finds itself tucked under the 4 o’clock hour marker. 

Overall these new Speedtimers offer a handsome take on the classic Seiko chronograph while the use of the solar powered movement keeps them well under $1,000. I’d go so far as to say these will likely look pretty good on your strap of choice, as well. The Seiko Speedtimer references SSC911, SSC913, and SSC915 will be available later this year, each at the price of $700. Keep an eye out for a review coming soon, and until then you can learn more from Seiko.

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Blake is a Wisconsin native who’s spent his professional life covering the people, products, and brands that make the watch world a little more interesting. Blake enjoys the practical elements that watches bring to everyday life, from modern Seiko to vintage Rolex. He is an avid writer and photographer with a penchant for cars, non-fiction literature, and home-built mechanical keyboards.

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