Seiko returns to enamel dials following successful 2016 experiment

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Seiko is expanding its range of enamel dialed watches following a successful experiment with the material last year.

A limited edition of Seiko Presage watches with enamel dials was introduced at Baselworld in 2016. At this year’s show, the company will launch a full collection, with each watch using Seiko’s mechanical calibers.

The watches will be available worldwide in September.

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There are four models using three different calibers. All draw their design inspiration from two landmark Seiko creations. First, the 1913 Laurel, which was Seiko’s and Japan’s first ever wrist watch and which had an enamel dial.

Second, the roman numeral hour markers are the direct descendants of the markers on the dial of Seiko’s 1895 pocket watch, the Time Keeper.

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The enamel dials are made by the master craftsman Mitsuru Yokozawa and his team. The hour markers are painted ten times to lift them in relief from the dial.

The tips of the hands are curved to follow the contours of the curved sapphire crystals so that the case depth is minimised. The exhibition case backs are sapphire crystal.

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TECH SPECS AND PRICES

Automatic Chronograph: SRQ023

Caliber 8R48
Chronograph up to 12 hours, Column wheel and vertical clutch systems
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Power reserve: 45 hours
Number of jewels: 34
Specifications
Stainless steel case, Enamel dial
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw see-through case back
Diameter: 42.0mm, Thickness: 14.9mm
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 2,650 Euro

Multi-hand Automatic: SPB045

Caliber 6R27
Three hands with calendar and power reserve sub-dial
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Power reserve: 45 hours
Number of jewels: 29
Specifications
Stainless steel case, Enamel dial
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw see-through case back
Diameter: 40.5mm, Thickness: 12.8mm
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 1,300 Euro

Automatic: SPB047, 049

Caliber 6R15
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
Power reserve: 50 hours
Number of jewels: 23
Specifications: SPB047
Stainless steel case, Enamel dial
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw see-through case back
Diameter: 40.5mm, Thickness: 12.4mm
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 1,100 Euro
Specifications: SPB049
Stainless steel case, Enamel dial
Dual-cylinder sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Vertical: 46.0mm, Horizontal: 35.9mm, Thickness: 12.5mm
Water resistance: 5 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 1,300 Euro

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