Since its global debut in 2016, the Seiko Presage collection has quickly gained a following for its dials that feature artisanal decoration, usually executed with traditional Japanese crafts such as urushi lacquer and Arita porcelain, but at strikingly affordable prices.
Following the launch of the first Presage with a Spring Drive movement (in the past, automatic or hand-wound movements were the norm) a few months ago, the brand has now unveiled a limited-edition automatic with a deep green dial made of fired, vitreous enamel, otherwise known as grand feu enamel in Swiss watchmaking.
Inspired by the colour of Japanese cedar trees, the green enamel dial features applied hour markers – instead of the more common printed or painted markers found on enamel dials – paired with rounded dauphine hands.
The dial is once again produced by master craftsman Mitsuru Yokosawa and his team, who work for Fuji Porcelain Enamel Co., Ltd., one of Japan’s biggest makers of enamelware. The company has been Seiko’s go-to supplier for high-quality enamel dials made on a large scale at relatively low cost, a crucial reason why the Presage watches equipped with enamel dials are eminently affordable.
As with a majority of automatic Presage models, the case is in stainless steel and measures 40.8mm wide and 12.4mm in height. It’s simply finished with a bright mirror polish on most surfaces, with the top of the lugs brushed for a little contrast and structure.
Visible through the sapphire case back is the new cal. 6R35 unveiled earlier in the year. It is a central-rotor automatic with a frequency of 3Hz, a quick-set date as well as a stop-seconds function. Most notably, it boasts an extended 70-hour power reserve as opposed to the 50-hour reserve of the earlier 6R15 movement.
Material: Stainless steel
Water resistance: 100m
Functions: Hours, minutes seconds; date
Frequency: 21,600bph, or 3Hz
Power reserve: 70 hours
Strap: Brown crocodile leather with folding clasp
Price and availability
The Presage Green Enamel Dial ref. SPB111J1 is limited to 2,000 pieces, priced at 150,000 Japanese yen, or US$1,499.
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