Seiko is one of the most integrated watch manufactures in the business. It makes its own movements, cases, and even grows its own quartz crystals for the quartz watches that it makes. Seiko, as we all know, makes a whole host of different watches at all price points, from the humble Seiko 5 to the epic Credor watches. But 2016 is a little special for the brand because it marks the 60th anniversary of its first ever automatic mechanical movement. To commemorate the occasion, Seiko has just announced the Seiko Presage 60th Anniversary Limited Edition SARW027 watch.
If you are not familiar with the Presage line, it is sort of a middle ground between Seiko’s more affordable Seiko 5’s and the more luxurious Grand Seiko watches. The aim of the Presage collection is to bring higher-end Japanese watchmaking to a greater audience. Yup, Presage watches are all made in Japan. For example, just earlier this year, Seiko released the Presage Automatic Chronograph SRQ019 & SRQ021 - two limited edition mechanical chronographs featuring urushi lacquer dials at very accessible prices.
For the new Presage 60th Anniversary Limited Edition watch, Seiko is taking design cues from their first automatic watch from 1956 - most notably the gold hour indexes and hands. And like the original from 1956, the new Presage 60th Anniversary Limited Edition watch features a light ivory dial and has a power reserve indicator. But instead of positioning it at 12 o’clock, it has been moved to the 9 o’clock position. The other difference is that the new Presage 60th Anniversary Limited Edition watch features a date sub dial at 6 o’clock.
The Presage 60th Anniversary Limited Edition SARW027 watch will come in a 40.5mm case that is water resistant to 100 meters, and it will also have a signed crown featuring Seiko’s “Snake S mark." The watch is powered by Seiko’s 6R27 automatic movement, which can be viewed through a sapphire case back. Apart from the special gold rotor, there’s not much else to see since the movement is largely finished by machine. Power reserve is a very decent 45 hours.
The Seiko Presage 60th Anniversary Limited Edition SARW027 watch will come in a special commemorative wooden box, only 1,956 pieces will be made, and each piece will have an engraved serial number on the case back. The Seiko Presage 60th Anniversary Limited Edition SARW027 watch is priced at $1,100. seikowatches.com