Seiko Introduces Nobrainer Good Looking WatchBy Darren Ho
If you’re currently in Japan and you’ve gotten your Yohji Yamamoto, Onitsuka Tiger and Junya Watanabe buys all sorted, and you’ve stashed your Ginjo and Honjozo sakes already, you may want to find your way quickly to a TiCTAC store right now. Or hop online (geo-fenced purchasing only, sorry guys) to their website. That’s cos earlier today, the retailer just announced a pair of special edition JDM Seikos, causing a frenzy all over Reddit.
Called the New Classics Style, it’s meant to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Japanese retailer, which is one of the best spots to check out for trendy and funky timepieces across Japan. The watch itself is based on a classic Seiko Mechanical, a simple three-hander with date sized at 41mm, protected by a curved Hardlex crystal. The display itself has a black dial with a white minute track, with vintage lume indexes and Arabic ‘6’ and ’12’ in luminous paint as well. Two variations, one on a metal bracelet and another on a leather strap with pin buckle, are available.
The watch’s specs are pretty solid as well. It’s powered by the 4R35 caliber, previously used on Seiko’s Prospex models and more recently the Seiko 5 Sports series, and it is visible through the caseback, something we don’t usually see as well from the brand (mostly in Presage models and above). With a healthy 41 hour power reserve, this is a fun daily beater to get your hands on. In addition, the metal bracelet version comes with a single-fold, three-part deployment strap with an easy adjust function, which means you can tighten up or loosen the bracelet on your own, without the need for additional tools.
The watch is currently available and it is in a limited production but not numbered. Priced at ¥54,000 (US$500) for the metal bracelet model with black dial and ¥51,840 (US$480) for the leather strap with dark gray dial, this is an absolute steal. Unfortunately, you’re gonna have to find your way to Japan to get your hands on it, or call on your friends or relatives there for help. And while you’re there, get your hands on some Hibiki 25 — they’re out everywhere worldwide. Good luck!