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Seiko Presage SPB111J1 Green Enamel Dial Limited-Edition Watch Inspired By Japanese Cedar

Seiko Presage SPB111J1 Green Enamel Dial Limited-Edition Watch Inspired By Japanese Cedar Watch Releases

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.

Seiko Presage SPB111J1 Green Enamel Dial Limited-Edition Watch Inspired By Japanese Cedar Watch Releases

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.

Seiko Presage SPB111J1 Green Enamel Dial Limited-Edition Watch Inspired By Japanese Cedar Watch Releases

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.

Seiko Presage SPB111J1 Green Enamel Dial Limited-Edition Watch Inspired By Japanese Cedar Watch Releases

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.

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  • ?????

    Applied white date window over uneven surface…odd at the very least. Personally dont like it at all.

    • Dunno why they went with a rectangle around what is clearly not a rectangular opening. A larger rectangle with rounded corners would have looked so much better.

  • PowNation

    I am a fan of Seiko Presage enamel dial watches. The SPB069 which I own has a stunning blue dial and interesting details such as gold ? crescent at the end of the seconds hand, all combine to achieve a compelling offering.

    The latest offering however is a bit bland. Do we really need another green dial on the market? Maybe if there is something truly unique in the execution and design. As it stands the link or inspiration of the watch to Japanese cedar feels contrived.

  • I’m actually planning to get the green enamel for dad, my beloved late mum would have approved of it as it was her favourite colour, well technically it’s emerald green but forest green will be perfectly acceptable. Should be able get the SPB111J1 for ~1K

  • DanW94

    So this 6R35 is Seiko’s new movement upgrading the 6R15 and they’re still giving us an accuracy rating of +25 to -15 seconds per day? That’s basically in Miyota 8 series territory. You can do better Seiko.

    • Mikita

      Don’t pay too much attention to this. They are just playing too safe – my 6R15 watch runs pretty much +5 -5 whole year.

      • Lincolnshire Poacher

        Do you want to swap? 😉

        • Mikita

          Can swap for a recent Presage with 6L35 caliber 🙂

    • Independent_George

      Seiko isn’t going to offer Swiss tolerances because they don’t want to deal with the warranty claims.

    • jefferson

      Most people are pretty ignorant about what accuracy claims really are about.

  • David Stettenbauer

    It looks okay , for a $400.00 watch.

  • Swiss_Cheese

    The date window reminds me of the idiom ‘A square peg in a round hole’. In this case it’s ‘A rectangle in a rounded rectangular hole’ but the sentiment remains.

    In terms of the presage lineup I still think the radial dial ones are still my choice.

  • SuperStrapper

    Don’t forget, it also doesn’t have lume.

  • SMB

    I would love to see Seiko do enamel / urushi / porcelain three hand watches without a date window.

  • Pete Yo

    green is my favorite color. I still cant see buying this watch. I like the dial, but the rest of the watch is meh. I can get a fake watch on canal street with more accuracy than this movement.

  • Nello Alexandri

    I am not feeling this one at all. The indices and numerals make it look like a Timex.
    The date window is bothersome. I do not think I could look at it. I rarely set the date on a watch anyway.

  • Low~Rotor

    I held the sample they have on show in the Seiko Wako museum. Even with bright show room lights, the dial barely gets past very dark green. This enamel is quite unlike many non-enamel Seiko/GS dials that can change appearance quite drastically.

    There is no denying this date window is a big fail. Removing it completely would have complimented the dial purity here, and frankly for a limited edition they do not need to play the “average-joe-prefers-a-date-complication” card.

  • egznyc

    I don’t know where all the hate is coming from. It does seem a little pricey but overall I like. Maybe it ain’t easy bein’ green?

    Those applied numerals: it’s not something seen very much with enamel dials. Must be trickier than it looks.

  • Tony NW

    Kinda tall for a dress watch.

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