Enamel dials have a distinct, artistic beauty that can make such a watch a welcome and diversifying addition to any collection. It is always hard to communicate the depth of enamel’s color via press shots (especially renders that can never do the material justice), but the effect in real life is far superior to a gloss lacquer, often used to mimic (poorly) the material. And since we’re currently seeing a very green-heavy phase in watchmaking (which I, for one, think makes a pleasing alternative to the ubiquitous blue dials of a few years back), Seiko has been scrabbling around in the forest looking for a reason to hop on the bandwagon. And lo! The brand located the necessary angle in the leaves of the cedar trees that populate the densely wooded areas of central Japan. The Seiko Presage SPB111J1 Green Enamel Dial Limited Edition inspired by Japanese cedar is a good-looking watch regardless of whether you care for its arboreal justification. And as the latest addition to an evermore varied Presage offering, it stands out visually without any explanation whatsoever.
One of the major benefits of enamel is how well it ages. Or should that be the way it doesn’t age? Yes, enamel can crack should the watch sustain a sharp shock (especially when very old), but in a dress watch like this, that is unlikely to happen. Doubling down on the luxury appearance of this Presage are the odd-hour markers made from polished metal and shaped to recall the leaves of the cedar tree. This results in excellent legibility and adds another layer and pleasing depth to the dial. The green font of the date window is a really nice touch that ties the whole thing together nicely.
Powering the Seiko Presage Green Enamel Dial Limited Edition is the 6R35 movement, an automatic caliber with accuracy expectations of +25 to -15 seconds per day. The movement, which is visible through a display caseback, is encased in a 40.5mm stainless steel housing that is 12.4mm-thick and boasts a water resistance of 100 meters. Lug-to-lug, this watch measures 47.8mm. A dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on the underside tops proceedings.
Keeping the watch on the wrist is a crocodile leather strap fastened by a triple-fold clasp released by a push button. The Seiko Presage SPB111J1 is just the second green dial in the Presage range, joining the SRPB65J1 as the only verdant players in the line-up. This model is limited to 2,000 pieces worldwide and every model’s caseback is engraved with a unique serial number. The retail price is $1,499. Learn more at seikowatches.com.