If we speak about icons of design made in Japan, there are extra than simply pagodas, temples or patterns from the Edo period. Some industrial objects, with extremely mundane origins, have gained cult standing over time. Living proof, the Honda Tremendous Cub, a light-weight motorbike produced in tens of millions for over 60 years, with the primary goal to supply transport to the Japanese working class. One of many world’s most produced bikes in historical past, and but one of many easiest of all of them, it’s acknowledged amongst dozens. And as we speak Seiko pays tribute to this icon, with the brand new Seiko 5 Sports activities Tremendous Cub Restricted Version SRPJ49 and SRPJ75.
Launched in 1958 and in steady manufacturing since, the Honda Tremendous Cub has been made in additional than 100 million examples (quantity surpassed in 2017). It’s typically thought of the Ford Mannequin T or Volkswagen Beetle of motorcycling, and an icon of twentieth century business and transport. A easy, dependable and sensible design, it was meant to be the blue-collar of motoring, serving to the fast growth of the business in Japan. With the newest variations, Honda has retained the general identical spirit, but additionally provides a sure nostalgia to the design that speaks to a youthful era.
Seiko’s tribute to the Tremendous Cub takes the form of a pair of Seiko 5 Sports activities watches – often known as essentially the most mundane of watches made by the model. Counting on the identical base case as all fashions from this entry-level vary, they measure 42.5mm in diameter, 13.4mm in top and with a lug-to-lug measurement of 46.0mm. Circumstances are fabricated from stainless-steel and paying homage to the SKX007 collection, with brushed and polished surfaces, a unidirectional bezel with aluminium insert and a crown positioned at 4 o’clock. Water resistant is rated at 100m and the dial is protected by a Hardlex crystal. You’ll additionally notice a gasoline gauge engraving on the floor of the crown.
There are two variations of the Seiko 5 Sports activities Tremendous Cub introduced. First, the SRPJ49 and its cream and inexperienced color scheme, over a non-coated metal case. Second, the SRPJ75 with a gray and black color scheme over a black-coated metal case. Each, nonetheless, share the identical design with a dial distinctive to this collection. The central band, the spherical marker at 12 o’clock and the 2 orange indexes framing it are recalling the silhouette of the Tremendous Cub, as seen from the entrance – mimicking the headlight and blinkers. The remainder of the markers go for a sq. design and the fingers retain the traditional look of the gathering.
Including to the exclusivity of those two Tremendous Cub Restricted Version SRPJ49 and SRPJ75 is a nylon NATO-like strap with the logos of Honda and of Tremendous Cub. Colors are matching that of the dial and bezel. Powered by the automated calibre 4R36, the again incorporates a red-coloured window with the collaboration’s brand on its floor.
The Seiko 5 Sports activities Tremendous Cub watches are launched in restricted editions. The inexperienced SRPJ49 might be accessible in November 2022, in 6,000 items, at EUR 410. The black SRPJ75 might be accessible in February 2023, in 5,000 items, at EUR 450. For extra particulars, please go to seikowatches.com.
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