Launched in 2021, the Seiko Presage Fashion 60’s was designed to grow to be the vintage-inspired, barely elegant provide of the model, in a comparatively accessible value vary, subsequent to the extra high-end Craftsmanship and Sharp Edged collection. First offered with a time-and-date or an open-heart motion, this watch modelled after the essential 1964 Crown watch, has since been up to date with but some extra model and capabilities, together with an influence reserve indication or bolder colors. It’s now time for a GMT watch to affix the gathering, with three new fashions, the references SSK009, SSK011 and SSK013.
Seiko‘s Presage assortment is the extra basic, barely elegant counterpart to the professionally-oriented Prospex lineup. Starting from funky vibrant watches (the Cocktail) to fashions showcasing conventional Japanese craftsmanship, it additionally consists of some extra informal fashions and a few with a robust classic inspiration, and by that, we imply watches impressed by the 1964 Crown Chronograph, such because the Presage Fashion 60’s assortment. The 1964 Crown watch was Japan’s first wrist chronograph and Calibre 5719, its first chronograph motion. The Seiko Presage Style60’s collection incorporates among the design components discovered on the 1964 Crown Chronograph; nonetheless, it shouldn’t be thought of a recreation (as Seiko typically names them) however extra of a contemporary reinterpretation.
Following the preliminary vary of seven references, later accomplished by the ability reserve fashions (SSA447, SSA449 and SSA451) and new colors final 12 months, it’s time for the vary to develop as soon as once more. And the most recent model is all about travelling, or not less than monitoring an extra time zone. Following the identical recipe as the Seiko 5 Sports activities SSK collection right here, we’re speaking about an accessible tackle the GMT watch – which comes with sure compromises, however I’m being robust right here.
Design-wise, the bottom stays an identical to all earlier watches on this Presage Fashion 60’s assortment. This implies an angular, comparatively compact case with skinny lugs, a slender bezel and a domed crystal – all to recall superb watches from the Sixties. Measuring 40.8mm in diameter, the metal case is brushed on flat surfaces, and polished on the perimeters. Seiko doesn’t point out the precise thickness of the case, however we’ve seen barely over 13mm. The case retains the identical size as all different watches within the assortment, that means 48.9mm. Being on the classic/elegant aspect, it doesn’t function a screw-down crown and the water-resistance is rated at 50m. The dial is protected by a domed Hardlex crystal.
Now on to the extra capabilities. In comparison with the time-and-date mannequin, we will see two main variations. First is the bezel, which adjustments its monochromatic 60-minute insert for a two-tone (black and darkish gray) aluminium insert with 24-hour scale. The opposite new function is, after all, the extra GMT 24-hour positioned centrally on the dial. Be aware that we’re right here speaking about a caller/workplace GMT watch, similar to the 5 Sports activities SSK collection (each use the identical motion). This kind of GMT watch has an independently adjustable 24-hour hand (with one-hour increments), sensible to trace a time zone whereas at dwelling or on the workplace. It’s much less user-friendly when travelling, one thing a flyer/traveller GMT does higher with its unbiased native hour hand adjustable with out disturbing the opposite fingers. However contemplating the entre-level positioning of the SSK009, SSK011 and SSK013, it’s actually not a significant downside. Something GMT on this value vary is greater than welcome.
The Seiko Presage Fashion 60’s GMT assortment comes with three fashions. All have the identical dial design, with hairline completed base, a contrasting chapter ring and utilized, faceted markers. Luminous inserts are discovered on the fingers and subsequent to the hour markers. The SSK009 is offered with a Blue Gray dial, silver-coloured accents and a metal bracelet with folding clasp. The SSK011 has a Sand Gray dial with silver-coloured accents and a perforated leather-based strap closed by a folding buckle. Final, the SSK013 additionally wears a leather-based strap, however has a Smoky Black dial with gold-coloured accents.
All three fashions are powered by the in-house Calibre 4R34, an entry-level automated motion with 3Hz frequency and 41h energy reserve. It’s seen below a see-through caseback.
The Seiko Presage Fashion 60’s GMT reference SSK009, SSK011 and SSK013 will probably be a part of the everlasting assortment, and obtainable from Might 1st, 2023 at a value of EUR 670. For extra particulars, please seek the advice of www.seikowatches.com.
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