2019 has been an extreme year for Seiko concerning chronographs. In fact, the brand was praising (like two other Swiss producers) the 50th commemoration of its first programmed chronograph, with this watch as a hommage . In any case, that wasn’t all. The brand was additionally praising the 55th commemoration of Japan’s first-since forever chronograph watch, the 1964 Seiko “Crown Chronograph”, which brought forth the cutting edge Presage Chronograph 55th Anniversary SRQ031 – a more conventional tri-compax chronograph. Presently, Seiko needs to be more loyal in regards to the first plan of this 1960s piece and dispatches the Seiko Presage 2020 Limited Edition, time-and-date watches with clean looks.
Background, the 1964 “Crown Chronograph”
It may come as an amazement to a few (early chronographs were inherent Switzerland, thinking back to the 1820s), yet Japan’s watchmaking industry just dispatched its first chronograph watch and development in 1964, with the Seiko Crown Chronograph and its Caliber 5719.
Far from having a similar faction status as the programmed type 6139/6138, the development created by Seiko is, nevertheless, rather intriguing. “Suwa Seikosha, i.e., Seiko’s industrial facility in the city of Suwa, built up the watch, which was dispatched as expected for the 1964 Summer Olympics. It was fueled by the 12-ligne, hand-wound Caliber 5719. The notable highlights of this 6.1mm-thick development incorporated a solitary catch to trigger the chronograph’s capacities, flat coupling, and a section wheel to control the beginning, pause and get back to-zero capacities. The equilibrium was paced at 5.5Hz, or 39,600vph. With the chronograph instrument turned on, the development would run for 38 hours,” as indicated by Watchtime here .
Powered by this type 5719, Seiko dispatched the Crown Chronograph, its first chronograph wristwatch in 1964. This steel sports watch with its 38mm distance across was rather bizarre, compared to the present exemplary highlights of a chronograph. First of all, it was a mono-pusher. Second, its dial looked like an exemplary 3-hand watch, without sub-counters. To record passed times, Seiko outfitted it with a dark turning bezel, with a 1-minute augmentation scale. To gauge timespans than one moment, the wearer first needed to pivot the bezel to point at the 12 o’clock triangle before the moment hand. Clearly, not the most down to earth gadget, clarifying why later Seiko chronographs would include sub-counters.
Nevertheless, common sense separated, the plan of the 1964 Crown Chronograph was appealing. Which is the reason, in the wake of having dispatched a chronograph with sub-counters propelled by this watch (ref. SRQ031), Seiko is today presenting the first plan, short chronograph, with the new Presage 2020 Limited Edition ref. SPB127J1, SPB131J1 and SPB129J1.
The Seiko Presage 2020 Limited Edition
No need to contend for quite a long time, these new watches are in no way, shape or form unique diversions of the first 1964 Crown Chronograph, for the primary explanation that they are time-and-date watches. They must be viewed as present day inspirations of this heavenly past model, utilizing the energy of this watch in a contemporary bundle. In any case, they look rather splendid indeed.
These new Presage 2020 Limited Editions are the 3-hander adaptation of the watch we introduced in October 2019, the Chronograph SRQ031. In light of this, you’ll see different similarities between these two watches, whether for the case, bezel or the dials. Let’s investigate them into more details.
First, the instance of these SPB127J1, SPB131J1 and SPB129J1 have been expanded in breadth compared to the 1964 watch, and now measure 41.3mm. This is, then again, 1mm not exactly the chronograph rendition, and the thickness is additionally definitely decreased, with now 11.3mm in stature (compared to 15.3mm for the SRQ031). No compelling reason to say that comfort will be improved. The actual plan stays indistinguishable, with rakish drags evoking the old model and a progression of brushed and cleaned surfaces – remembering a pleasant calculated slant for the side of the lugs.
The most striking component of the 1964 Crown Chronograph was its dark bezel with an hour long scale. This has been reissued here, with a similar graduation and same hold profile. This dark bezel works extraordinary on the three models, however considerably more on the silver dial form – the most unwavering of the three. As you’ll see, presently there is no pusher on this watch except for simply a traditional screw-down crown at 3 o’clock (with a 100m water-opposition). The watch is secured by a domed sapphire precious stone with hostile to intelligent covering on the internal side.
Regarding the dials, the filiation with the 1964 watch is self-evident. We have similar twofold faceted applied markers and a similar delta-molded hands. So is the two-tone format of the dial, with a differentiating part ring under the applied markers. At long last, graduations are indistinguishable, with a seconds track on the outskirts, then moment degrees and little rectangular radiant markers within the dial. A date is situated at 3 o’clock (was it truly necessary…?).
The Seiko Presage 2020 Limited Edition assortment is composed of three watches. The first model – ref. SPB127J1 – shows a warm silver dial, much the same as the one found on the first watch. The two other editions are more contemporary, being dark – ref. SPB131J1 – or “forest” green with blue reflections – ref. SPB129J1.
All three models are conveyed on a 3-interface Oyster-like tempered steel arm band with a collapsing catch and controlled by the in-house Caliber 6R35, Seiko’s mid-range development. Imparted to the as of late refreshed Sumo plunge watch , it is a development of the notable 6R15. The base remaining parts as before, with a 3Hz recurrence, a focal rotor for the programmed winding, a brisk set date, and a stop-seconds gadget, nonetheless, the force hold has been improved to a comfortable 70 hours (rather than 50 hours). The development sits under a screwed caseback.
Price and availability
The Seiko Presage 2020 Limited Edition ref. SPB127J1, SPB131J1 and SPB129J1 will be altered in 1,964 pieces for every tone. They will before long be accessible (mid-February 2020) and estimated at EUR 829 (RRP in Europe). More subtleties can be found at www.seikowatches.com .