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Seiko kicks off 140th anniversary year with recreation of its 1965 King Seiko KSK

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Before Japanese quartz tickers laid waste to the Swiss watchmaking industry, Seiko was going through its own golden period of mechanical timepiece development including the first Grand Seiko in 1960 and an automatic chronograph in 1969, the same year that Zenith and Heuer released rival self-winders.

Arguably, quartz was the ultimate answer to the question of how to make mechanical watches more accurate, but that challenge was already being met by Seiko, particularly in 1961 with the unveiling of the King Seiko and four years later with the more angular King Seiko KSK, powered by a manual-winding 25 jewel caliber.

It is the 1965 KSK style that is being brought back early next year with a new Seiko 140th Anniversary Limited Edition housing a Caliber 6L35 automatic movement with 45 hours of power reserve.

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The faithful recreation comes in a slim 38.1mm steel case and is worn on a leather croc strap.

There are 3,000 being manufactured and expected to hit Seiko and partner stores in January next year.

The UK price will be £3,050.

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