1969 was a productive year for the watch business. We could discuss the Moon Landing or the presentation of a few famous watches. However, with regards to development and unadulterated watchmaking, 1969 ought to be recollected primarily for the presentation of the principal automatic chronograph developments. Among them were the El Primero and the Chronomatic/Caliber 11, however a third production additionally went ahead the market with this technology… Seiko . To commemorate this significant achievement in the brand’s history, here’s the Seiko Prospex Automatic Chronograph 50th Anniversary Limited Edition SRQ029.
The new 50th Anniversary Limited Edition SRQ029 is essential for a sub-assortment comprising two watches, the other one praising the 55th anniversary of Japan and Seiko’s first chronograph, as demonstrated underneath (and furthermore inspected on MONOCHROME).
Seiko’s First Automatic Chronograph, Caliber 6139
Whether it is for the idea of professional jump watches and its effect on the ISO 6425 norms, or for chronographs, Seiko’s commitment to development in watchmaking is undeniable. Seiko was essential for the three produces/joint-adventures that, fortuitously, dispatched the primary automatic chronograph development, back in 1969.
Three fabricates, three unique dreams. First was Zenith with the El Primero, a high-recurrence yet conventional flat grip, coordinated development with a focal rotor. Second was the joint endeavor Heuer/Hamilton/Breiling adventure, related with Buren for the base development and Dubois-Depraz for the chronograph, with a particular development named Caliber 11 or Chronomatic, with miniature rotor automatic base and chronograph plate on the backside.
Seiko’s vision was more current, financially savvy and focussed on industrialisation. In 1969, the Japanese brand dispatched the type 6139,
Other details incorporated a 3Hz recurrence, a measurement of 27.4mm and a stature of 6.5mm, a midway mounted automatic rotor, with Seiko’s imaginative Magic Lever, a tick winding framework and a 36-hour power save (when the chronograph is working). It was later
To dispatch this development, Seiko presented a few watches, which incorporated a day-date complication yet just a 30-minute sub-counter. Later came the Panda chronograph, an energetic, purposely current watch with an ordinary pad/cap formed case, steel wristband and space-like plan. The dial included two vertically adjusted sub-counters – 30-moment and 12-hour – in dark over a brilliant white brushed dial, which means it was outfitted with the type 6138. This is the watch that fills in as a motivation for today’s commemorative Prospex Limited Edition SRQ029.
The new Seiko Prospex Automatic Chronograph 50th Anniversary SRQ029
Today, Seiko dispatches the Prospex Automatic Chronograph 50th Anniversary Limited Edition SRQ029, a watch intended to praise the 50th anniversary of the brand’s first automatic chronograph. Clearly, it no longer highlights the type 6139/6138 yet a cutting edge in-house type all things considered. Be that as it may, the plan of this SRQ029 plainly honors the early automatic chronographs of the last part of the 1960s/mid 1970s. In any case, this isn’t a duplicate yet more an advanced reinterpretation.
The new Prospex Automatic Chronograph 50th Anniversary is a molded watch, with coordinated carries and strong plan. It is made of hardened steel case with super-hard covering, as you can anticipate from Seiko, and its surfaces are exchanging brushed territories and splendid, cleaned emphasizes and casebands – with the acclaimed and amazing
The case has some presence on the wrist and feels unshakable – its 16mm tallness adds to this inclination. In any case, Seiko has picked a moderately sensible distance across of 41mm. The Prospex Automatic Chronograph SRQ029 is topped by a profoundly domed sapphire gem, giving this watch a vintage look yet additionally an extraordinary allure. The case is water-impervious to 100m and the SRQ029 is conveyed on a three-connect steel wristband with a three-overlay fasten and press button discharge. In general, the nature of the execution isn’t a long way from Grand Seiko models.
The dial obviously summons early Seiko’s chronographs however has been refreshed with the cutting edge mechanics inside the watch, with a 3-compax design rather than the two vertically adjusted sub-counters. This Prospex Automatic Chronograph SRQ029 has a silver-panda dial, with a shimmering white
The dial of this SRQ029 has extraordinary difference and is effectively intelligible, because of darkened hands, applied hour records and white-on-dark or dark on-white markers. A date is situated at 4h30, in a round window.
To power this Seiko Prospex Automatic Chronograph 50th Anniversary Limited Edition SRQ029, the brand depends on its notable type 8R48, a development we’ve as of now found in the Seiko Presage Enamel Chronograph . This development, dispatched in 2014, is Seiko’s top of the line coordinated chronograph type (not talking GS, obviously), with a 4Hz recurrence, a architecture,
Availability and Price
The Seiko Prospex Automatic Chronograph 50th Anniversary Limited Edition SRQ029 will be created in 1,000 pieces, accessible from December 2019 at Seiko Boutiques and chose retailers worldwide. Recommended retail cost in Europe is EUR 3,700. More subtleties at seikowatches.com .