Seiko Presage Automatic 60th Anniversary Edition SARW027 Watch

Seiko Presage Automatic 60th Anniversary Edition SARW027 Watch

Seiko Presage Automatic 60th Anniversary Edition SARW027 Watch Watch Releases

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.

Seiko Presage Automatic 60th Anniversary Edition SARW027 Watch Watch Releases

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.

Seiko Presage Automatic 60th Anniversary Edition SARW027 Watch Watch Releases

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.

Seiko Presage Automatic 60th Anniversary Edition SARW027 Watch Watch Releases

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.

Seiko Presage Automatic 60th Anniversary Edition SARW027 Watch Watch Releases

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

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  • Beefalope

    “Seiko is one of the most integrated watch manufactures in the business.”

    Wrong — Seiko is THE most integrated watch manufacture in the business. Seiko makes literally everything for their watches and that includes growing their own quartz crystals, making their own straps and making their own hairsprings.

    • Yup – I’m told that even the milk in their coffee comes from the cows out back – these guys in-house the hell out of everyone else. They are so in-house they had to build a house around their house.

      • Beefalope

        You heard that, too?

      • I hear they’re not even allowed to marry outside the company

      • ??????

        Even the air they are breathing with comes from the in-house trees in the in-house forest. And no people are allowed to leave the uber in-house territory.. but wait, who brings the watches then..

    • John William Salevurakis

      I have also read (pehaps here) that they even make their own lubricants.

  • Bill W

    So it’s a Snake-o? Good price from a great brand. And it’s good looking at a glance, but…power reserve on the dial of an automatic? And a strange subdial for the date? Double pass.

    • I really want to handle this in person, (or “in the metal” which became a
      phrase for some reason) to see if the power reserve indicator irks me
      as much as as it does in the pics. It has to be the most pointless
      complication ever devised for an automatic watch.

      • Berndt Norten

        Orient ruins several of their watches with it too??

    • Svetoslav Popov

      That’s because they did it 60 years ago, it is a commemorative piece. I don’t find power reserve especially useful on hand winding watch either. But here, together with the day sub dial, it creates very interesting and beautiful appearance, at least to my taste.

      • Bill W

        You’ve got good taste. I think the watch is handsome, but also a little strange. I like some quirkiness to a watch design, but for whatever reason this watch doesn’t do it for me. But it is handsome, I understand why others like it. Cheers.

  • SwissMatic

    I don’t understand why there is space below zero on the power reserve indicator. Otherwise I really like this watch, including the quirky date dial.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      It’s running on empty.

    • Roman

      Low power mode

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Would an onion crown had killed them ?

    • Sheez Gagoo

      Onions are normally on handwound watches due to their usability.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Although i ended my comment with a question mark it was really meant to be rhetorical but thanks for the info.

  • DanW94

    Great looking dial typical of Seiko. There’s some serious depth on those sub-dials. And the close-up photo shows what looks to be a concentric circular pattern not visible in the first photo. Nicely done, a worthy follow-up to the recently released 60th anniversary chronos.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Love Seikos they are in so many ways better than the Swiss. But why is that balance wheel so

    Love Seikos. They are in so many ways better than the Swiss. But why is that balance wheel so small?

    • Beefalope

      How big does it need to be? I’ve never had balance wheel-envy while wearing one of my Seikos.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        I don’t know. It’s just remarkably smaller than the average. That’s why I ask

        • Beefalope

          That’s NOT what she said.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Kinda was.

        • I like small balance wheels as that may mean it oscillates at a higher frequency (all other things being equal). Big ones are more fun to look at and if they operate at a leisurely 2.5 Hz, you can actually see what it looks like even while it is running. But a faster frequency is sweet (sound and smoothness of second hand sweep).

    • Raymond Wilkie

      See the edit option ? : )

      • Sheez Gagoo

        Doesn`t work. I swear it wasn`t my fault. Whole Disqus crashed in a way.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          That happens to me sometimes,………………….honest : )

      • Sheez Gagoo

        Thanks. Here the whoe site and Disqus crashed completely. So I was unable to edit.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Am in Scotland in December,…………………I need lume !!!

    • I remember going to Aberdeen 25years ago, it went dark at around 3pm and everything was closed for the night. The only thing that was open was Pizza Hut!

      Oh, and I took taxis a few times — couldn’t understand a single word they were saying.

    • Berndt Norten

      And copious quantities of alcohol to get one through the fierce December gales, coming hard on the heels of the cold November rain

      A Kentucky woman helps too

  • Gorgeous, but,…yeah…power reserves on autos are tits on a boar.

  • IG

    $1100 Seiko… LOL

    • I’d expect such a reaction from someone whose only contact with watches is an apple watch. I’m sure you know better!

    • Beefalope

      What an utterly inane comment.

    • Berndt Norten

      Repent!

    • Well there is also a gold plated Casio G-Shock for even more…

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    SRQ019&021 are pretty attractive.

  • TrevorXM

    Nothing special here.

    • Beefalope

      Except for the excellent case, the fully in-house movement, the typically outstanding Presage dial finishing and the very fair price.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        That’s special.

      • TrevorXM

        If they would have at least fit an ETA 2824 comparable movement like their really decent 8L35 it would be a better watch and present some real value for the money. Instead they cheaped out and slapped in the same movement as they put in their $400 watches with a few microns of gold plating on the rotor. At least they used a sapphire crystal instead of their crap Hardlex. This watch is on an entry Swiss level — it doesn’t have as good a movement as entry level Swiss, but better dial and case finishing than an entry level Swiss, so it evens out. Nothing special.

        • Beefalope

          You want an 8L35 — an undecorated Grand Seiko movement — in an $1,100 watch? Would you also like a Twin Turbo manual Toyota Supra for the price of a used Prius?

          Some of the expectations that people have for Seiko are ridiculous and something they would never apply to a Swiss company. The Swiss can put 2824 movements into a $4k (or more) watch, and the reviewers cream their pants telling us what a great value the watch is. But god forbid Seiko doesn’t put a Grand Seiko-grade movement into an $1,100 watch, and now we just have a piece of garbage, I guess.

          How is the 2824 meaningfully better than the 6r27 in here? Are we talking a few seconds per week that no sensible person cares about anyway? And, by the way, I’ve had plenty of 6r movements in watches before and never had any problems with them. Seiko watches are always more accurate in practice than on paper, as opposed to the Swiss.

          And, by the way, how many special watches are there out there at an $1,100 price point? Have you considered the possibility that perhaps your expectations may be a bit unreasonable?

          • TrevorXM

            Seiko offers the movement in their MarineMaster — their only worthwhile dive watch. I’m sure they have a variation with a power reserve indicator version kicking around somewhere.

          • Beefalope

            The Marine Master is more than twice the cost of this watch.

          • Berndt Norten

            Hey! You hurt My $175 SKX-007’s feelings. Who-oh-oah feelings

          • The Reclusive Boogur T. Wang

            Completely agree. But, isn’t that what the internet is for?

        • DanW94

          They used this 6R27 movement because it utilizes the retrograde power reserve function as a nod to the original first automatic from 1956 (which is the point of this 60th anniversary model), which also had a similar styled power reserve. I believe the 8L35 is a date only movement, so that wouldn’t have worked.

          • Berndt Norten

            If they could find a way to power it with 6SN7 that would be sweet ?

        • ??????

          I love Seiko, but have to agree with you. They have some gap in movements between the entry and high levels. 6R15, 6R27 are a bit underwhelming for 1k+. They used to have great thin calibers – 4L25, 4L35, but they sold the construction to Soprod (A10 is based on Seiko 4L). Great movement, could fill in the gap in Seiko line perfectly. For instance, what they had on the level of this watch in review:
          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/57a034662b1e4e45d5e25ab62195c8c61b8001b1c2d40be151a43c76a5971331.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1ec5bfbf702258082e57449a8a39f7606bf3357515adeb5db3ec9ee46cad8b51.jpg

    • Berndt Norten
  • SuperStrapper

    Not sure if want? It’s nice, but I think the colourway is dragging it down for me. Blued hands and indices with a brighter dial would likely make this much more attractive.

  • otaking241

    Very nice piece. Compare the handset on this watch to that $24K JLC from a couple days ago and you really have to wonder what the hell those guys are thinking.

    • Beefalope

      They’re thinking, “We’re Swiss, so we can produce any piece of crap and charge outrageous amounts of money for it. The press and idiot consumers who don’t know any better will fawn over it.”

  • Grumpy Cat

    I want one without that gold 12.

  • Bill W

    Here’s a similar one without the date hand covering up the 1.
    I still think it looks a little strange. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b78bb00c7f5cc8ec876f7ae01ce26334c2829024372d0a78c35df506d2b224aa.jpg

    • Bill W

      That wasn’t the greatest picture. I apologize. Here’s another that I hope is better.
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9691aab7f7b499a4ea040a5de41a818fe321cd7b393026052cfa7aac10fbc3fd.jpg

      • Raymond Wilkie

        2 different watches shown. I much prefer this model.

    • Berndt Norten

      I love Seiko and own 8 of them (eight is enough). But this one strains to be Euro-traditional yet falls flat on its face IMO

      • Lincolnshire Poacher

        I agree, I’m a Seiko fan (4 presently) but I’m underwhelmed by this as well. The SRQ019&021 that the article mentions are much nicer. They’re 60th Anniversary editions and come with either a laqured Urushi dial or an enamel dial.

        • Berndt Norten

          Greed cuts through, clarifies this matter.

      • Bill W

        8? Send me one for Christmas and you’ll still have one for every day of the week? Just kidding, sort of. 🙂

  • Pœrtöle DuFèr

    As ever with Seiko, everything about this watch is just slightly wrong.

  • BNABOD

    it is nicely made but just not for me even though I do like Seiko. they make a great watch for the price but here it leaves me a tad flat.

  • Mike Margolis

    Got a call from my dealer TODAY that mine arrived; he is only getting two.

    Pretty happy to have this one incoming.

  • Shawn Lavigne

    this one has a 6r27 which runs at 28,800. unlike the more common 6r15 which has a frequency of 21,600. that makes it a special presage to me. i believe the exhibition back is hardlex.

  • ??????

    Seiko and Orient continue to amaze me with the quality of the dials and hands (especially!) and cases (a bit less). Orient Star simply beated my 2k Swiss watches like children, considering I bougt it for 250$! But it only relates to the hands and dial: they are superbly well finished, edges are katana sharp, lume application is ideal. My lovely Bell & Ross is like a baby compared to Orient Star if you take a closer look at the dial. But as TrevorXM mentioned – they have some gap in their movements. I can’t say they aren’t precise – they are: my Orient Star runs better than my 2892-based Swiss. But it is so damn thick! And the finish is kinda spartan. The case is around 13 mm due to the movement, when it would be perfect ~10 mm. Both my Seikos and Orient Star have some kind of container protruding from the back of the case – so that they sit a bit higher than I want them. At the same time Bell & Ross with 2892 sits perfectly flat and I love that feeling. Anyway, I love my Japanese watches, just want them to fill in the gap between thick entry calibers like 6R15 and upper ones from GS, Credor, Royal Orient. But my freaking dream today is to get GS SBGV019 – quartz with exhibition back 🙂

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    Warning: This is a Seiko thread. Passions will be high, and Idiots will post.

    You have been warned.

    • Yes, we are both here. 🙂

      • Lincolnshire Poacher

        Hahaha

    • ??????

      Lol 🙂 Love reading Seiko threads: love or hate to the max!

    • ??????
      • SwissMatic

        Gorgeous. Could you give me the reference number?

        • ??????

          Its SBGW049, JDM limited edition 200 pieces.

      • Berndt Norten

        Gorgeous. Boring sure, but elegantly so

      • egznyc

        That’s a pretty dial! I would kill (well not really) for something like this. Or maybe go the cocktail time route 😉

        The crown protrudes a little more than I’d expect but I suppose it adds charm.

        • ??????

          Can’t be sure that after CT you won’t want more 🙂

    • Gokart Mozart

      Seiko fans and Rolex fans I think are virtually the same. Do not take valid criticism well.

      I imagine the deciding factor to be if their father or role model wore Rolex or Seiko when they were a kid.

      That would work for Casio GShock fans as well.

      • Thomas H

        Looks like Poacher was right.

    • Berndt Norten

      But there’s no Skeletor in sight so it’s all relative!

  • Svetoslav Popov

    I find it beautifully amazing. Austere and exquisite Japanese design, retro and modern simultaneously. I think 1293 will befriend my sdbm001, though it will not have much time in the watch box 🙂

  • wallydog2

    This poor country church mouse always has a rich fantasy life about owning up-scale/over-priced, over-engineered, over-refined Swiss products…and then there’s Seiko; ie., sensible, austere, dignified, conservative, tells the time,…etc., etc.

  • I love both Seiko and JLC as brands but if this one would carry the JLC brand it would sell for quite a bit more and no one would lift an eyebrow.

  • Epictime

    I am impressed with the Presage collection. Nicely made at a good price point. This particular one looks a bit grandpa-ish for my tastes; reminds me of a Vulcan. I prefer the SPB041J1 that was released a few months ago but only a few sold in the U.S. boutiques and now not available in U.S. Taking a trip to Japan in March so it will be interesting to see if it isn’t available there.

  • Epictime

    If it IS available there

  • Ge Zi

    Nice design, just a tad too large for this kind of watch.

  • Overall I like it. Not sure about the date sub-dial presentation. Probably just need to see one in the flesh.

  • Svetoslav Popov

    I’ve just received it. The watch is amazing. It wears much smaller than 40.5mm suggests. My Stowas MO at 41mm look like desk clocks compared to the Presage, not saying I don’t love them. Just wanted to appease everyone who express criticism about the size being too big. I also find the deployment buckle pretty ingenious and well made. The dial is a marvel to behold. Its color is so subtle and all the concentric circles are not quite visible without a magnification. They just create very subdued pearlescent, creamy effect. I’ve looked at the watch with a 3x loupe and did not find any imperfection. The finishing is absolutely top notch. The only thing I had to fix was the strap orientation. At first I thought Seiko just put it the wrong way on my watch alone, but after checking pictures here, I discovered they mis-attached it on 1956 watches 🙂 Easy fix though.

    • Andreas

      How did you manage to get it? They aren´t even shipped to austria and im desperatly trying to get one.

      • Svetoslav Popov

        I ordered it straight from Japan. I usually buy from Seya, but was not very fast when this model appeared there and it was sold out very quickly. So I tried Chino watch for the first time and I must say I am extremely pleased with their service. A week from order to my wrist.

  • socrates35

    Nice enoigh, and the historic slant will make it appealing to many. But the pricing seems rather optimistic ( I almost wrote ‘delusional’ but thought that a bit harsh, all things considered)

  • Ian john horwood

    Lovely watch , this model more reliable than the chronograph versions as they are not as robust and can have resetting issues and the pushers have terrible action and no sophistication . The sdgm013 i had problems and cost $1850.