Founded in 1881, Seiko is Japan’s leading watch company and one of the world’s largest in-house watch manufactures. In addition to Seiko branded watches, they also produce high-end timepieces under the Grand Seiko and Credor labels.

Your questions about the 2020 Seiko and Grand Seiko collections are answered here

2020 Seiko

This week we were lucky enough to have a number of the latest releases from Seiko and Grand Seiko in the office, and we put the call out to Time+Tide readers to find out the questions they had about these new pieces. If you missed the Q&A on Instagram stories (you can still find them in the Seiko and Grand Seiko highlights on @timetidewatches), we've collated those questions and their answers right here. If you had any questions on the new collection that you didn't get to ask, don't hesitate to send us a direct message and we'll do our best to get back to you in person. So without further ado, let's get into it. Which model are you most excited about? I was personally very excited about the Grand Seiko SBGW258, which is a sensational watch in the metal. The 38mm case is perfect, the dial is fantastically balanced, and seeing the logo that was used in 1960 is really special. The way the light plays with it is something you really need to see in the metal. Depending on your tastes, it could easily be a one-watch collection. Would love to hear about the SPB149J. This watch… Read More

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Joseph's murdered out Seiko 5 Sports SRPD79K1 on integrated rubber Crafter Blue strap is a cold killer

Seiko 5 Sports SRPD79K1

Last year, we aired the first series of 'Every Watch Tells A Story' on YouTube. The premise is as simple as it gets. When we invite raucous crowds into the Time+Tide home base for events, occasionally we offer them the chance to tell the story of their watch. Which promptly explains why everyone in these videos IS SHOUTING. Hey, what we lose in audio quality, we gain in good vibes. Because part of the sport of agreeing to do one of these, is then enduring all the heckling you get from other guests while you do it. We sit them in front of the media wall, turn on the bright lights, mic them up, and ask them a couple of questions about their watch for the evening. Some of the stories are dramatic. Others are pragmatic. But all are interesting, simply because they're relatable, and they're personal.  The first episode for our second series of stories, stars Joseph. He tells the story of his Seiko 5 Sports SRPD79K1, a watch whose appeal is heightened by its after-market integrated black rubber strap. Despite its undeniably sporty styling and intention as a watch, it looks surprisingly appropriate and at-home with Joseph's work… Read More

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IN-DEPTH: Grand Seiko Movements – Part I, the Mechanicals

Grand Seiko SLGH002

It's a pretty big deal for any watch company to launch an entirely new movement – let alone two new movements at once. But this is what Grand Seiko has done to mark its 60th anniversary. The choice of year is significant: in Western culture, a 60th is not considered particularly special (half and quarter centuries are more celebrated), but in Japan, where the zodiac calendar is based on a 60-year cycle, it is hugely significant. A 60th anniversary signals renewal, revitalisation and rebirth. So, beyond encapsulating the expertise accumulated by Grand Seiko over the past 60 years, these two new movements are a strong statement of intent. They represent each of Grand Seiko's two pillars: Calibre 9SA5 is a traditional mechanical movement, while Calibre 9RA5 is a Spring Drive movement. These are entirely new movements, with every element developed and produced in-house and designed to last for decades as the foundation for a whole new generation of watches. To understand their place in the Grand Seiko story, let's look at the genesis of each in turn. As a reminder, when Grand Seiko was created in 1960 – Genzo Kintaro, the founder's eldest son was Chairman of Seiko, and Shoji… Read More

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Your questions about the 2020 Seiko and Grand Seiko collections are answered here

2020 Seiko

This week we were lucky enough to have a number of the latest releases from Seiko and Grand Seiko in the office, and we put the call out to Time+Tide readers to find out the questions they had about these new pieces. If you missed the Q&A on Instagram stories (you can still find them in the Seiko and Grand Seiko highlights on @timetidewatches), we've collated those questions and their answers right here. If you had any questions on the new collection that you didn't get to ask, don't hesitate to send us a direct message and we'll do our best to get back to you in person. So without further ado, let's get into it. Which model are you most excited about? I was personally very excited about the Grand Seiko SBGW258, which is a sensational watch in the metal. The 38mm case is perfect, the dial is fantastically balanced, and seeing the logo that was used in 1960 is really special. The way the light plays with it is something you really need to see in the metal. Depending on your tastes, it could easily be a one-watch collection. Would love to hear about the SPB149J. This watch… Read More

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The Report Card: Seiko's 2020 novelties so far

We may only be three months into 2020, but Seiko is dropping new novelties like the world could end tomorrow … which, given the current state of affairs, does feel ever so slightly plausible. Anyway, I know what you're thinking: "enough of the doom and gloom, what about the watches?" Well, the Japanese watchmaker has released myriad new timepieces so far, some limited and some not, across their various collections. So we thought we'd round them up, present them to you and then, in a manner not dissimilar from the tasks my former educators had to undertake, give them a report card rating. Let's hope Seiko has performed better than my scholastic efforts. The Seiko Astron Novak Djokovic 2020 Limited Edition   Report card score: A Seiko really came out swinging with their first unveiling of 2020, paying homage to their long-term partnership with current World No. 1 tennis ace and 2020 Australian Open winner, Novak Djokovic. The Seiko Astron Novak Djokovic 2020 Limited Edition picked up where the 2019 edition left off; however, while last year's Djokovic Astron rocked a black-on-black aesthetic with some serious stealth vibes, the 2020 incarnation was all about celebrating both the colours of the… Read More

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Diving through the decade – Seiko's latest dive watches pay tribute to three classics

Seiko 55th Anniversary Dive Watch Trilogy

Blancpain, Rolex, Omega, DOXA … these are the watchmakers we normally associate with being the doyens of creating dive watches. However, as Seiko is keen to point out in their latest trilogy release, the Japanese firm has been deeply submerged in the art form of birthing amphibious timepieces for quite some time too – 55 years to be precise. The three new limited editions in question, called the 1965, 1968 and 1975, aim to celebrate not only Seiko's first-ever dive watch but also their first decade of creating water-resistant timepieces. But, while the three watches have been very closely styled to pay homage to the original pieces on which they are based, the watchmaker is keen to point out that aside from the retro-styling, both the outer exteriors, as well as the innards of the timepieces, are entirely modern. And chief among these contemporary characteristics is an innovative type of steel Seiko has called "Ever-Brilliant Steel". According to the watchmaker, this new material, which has never been used in the construction of a wristwatch before, is so-called for its brilliant white hue and peerless level of corrosion resistance. The Ever-Brilliant Steel will be used in the case construction of both… Read More

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Was this the greatest limited edition Seiko of 2019?

Editor's note: Seiko dropped what seemed like an innumerable amount of limited edition timepieces in 2019, and that got us thinking – which one was best? That's a much tougher question than it sounds, but this SLA033 dive watch surely has to be in the running. A revival of the prolific 6105, a watch made famous by Martin Sheen wearing one in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, the SLA033 is an exacting homage of the original. However, although it may look like the OG, it has all the benefits of a modern watch, such as domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating and Seiko's impressive Calibre 8L35 movement. Just 2500 of these beauties were produced, and they sold out quicker than you could say, "I love the smell of napalm in the morning".  Few things excite Seiko fans as much as a solid historical reissue (or re-creation in Seiko's parlance), and this year's limited edition, the SLA033, is about as exciting as they come. First of all, it's based on a diver. Indeed, for many of the Seiko cognoscenti, it's based on the diver, the 6105, a watch that — thanks to its reliability and corresponding popularity with American servicemen… Read More

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