As we’ve talked about on the Hourtime Podcast, Seiko is a model that everybody is aware of about, however generally can have issue understanding how the model segments its watches. I imply, all of us had a reasonable Seiko sooner or later (I’ve nonetheless received my OG Orange Monster), after which now we have the rarified air of the Grand Seiko line. What if you need that legendary Seiko reliability, and a few hints of the higher-end touches that GS does, at a value somebody within the center? Then the Seiko Presage Arita could possibly be what you’re searching for.
To take a look at the bracelet on one in every of these Seiko Presage Arita fashions is to know you’re taking a look at a Seiko. Well, okay, that brand on the dial offers it away as effectively. That dial is what we’re actually right here about. Here, it’s made out of a beautiful porcelain. That’s proper – take into consideration the superb plates or vases that you just have been by no means allowed to the touch as a child, and it’s an identical idea being executed right here on the dials. Rather than being a flat disc, there’s a curve that comes down from the case to the middle of the dial, giving it nearly a two-tier impact. These dials are made within the city of Arita, the place grasp craftsman have been making porcelain for a very long time.
The 1mm thick dial is then completed with glaze that makes issues shiny, in addition to giving issues a softer look. Well, as delicate a glance as elongated Roman numerals can provide you. For this launch, there’s a white dial (the SPB293) and a reasonably gorgeous delicate blue (SPB319) that’s executed to imitate a faint lapis lazuli coloration.
All of that is tucked right into a 40.5mm case that additionally homes a 6R31 motion that additionally retains working for as much as 70 hours as soon as totally wound. Depending on the model you go for, you both get a bracelet (the white dial) or strap (blue dial), although we think about you would get the bracelet for the blue dial if you happen to wished to (I do know I’d). Both have a clear, dressy look that appears to be spot-on to your extra formal summer season occasions. When they’re launched in June 2022, each fashions will go for $1,700. For extra info, head on over to seikowatches.com.
Tech Specs from Seiko
- Caliber Number: 6R31
- Movement Type: Automatic with guide winding
- Accuracy: +25 to -15 seconds per day
- Duration: Approx. 70 hours
- 24 jewels
- Stop seconds hand operate
- Case Material: Stainless metal
- Crystal: Dual-curved sapphire crystal
- Crystal Coating: Anti-reflective coating on internal floor
- Clasp: Three-fold clasp with push button launch
- Water Resistance: 10 bar
- Case Size
- Thickness: 12.4 ?
- Diameter: 40.5 ?
- Length: 48.8 ?
- Other Specifications
- Arita Porcelain Dial
- Screw case again
- See-through case again