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.

Seiko's Prospex LX Line Diver emerges from GPHG as a winner

Seiko Prospex LX Line Diver

Seiko's fit for purpose range of Prospex LX Line Diver's watches has beaten some tough competition from the likes of Longines, Ressence and De Bethune to take home the award for best Diver's watch at GPHG 2019. This is an important win for the Japanese manufacturer for two reasons: firstly, the winning Seiko is a Prospex, not a Grand Seiko, and secondly — and perhaps more significantly — the victory shows that the Seiko watches that sit below the aforementioned GS marque are being taken far more seriously, despite the hefty price tag that they now command. Mind you, even with the not inconsequential retail price, you are getting a lot of watch for the money. Take, for example, the Seiko Prospex LX Line SNR029J1. It costs $8500 AUD, but you're getting a professional-grade diver's watch that's water resistant to 300 metres. It's a big case — measuring in at a bulky 44.8mm and 15.7mm thick — but because both the case and the conforming bracelet is hewn from titanium with a super-hard coating, it sits on the wrist with an overriding sense of lightness and tactility. Also, let's not forget that all of Seiko's Prospex LX Line Divers are fitted with… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The Seiko 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

Seiko 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

It's fair to say that Seiko has dropped quite a few limited edition anniversary timepieces in 2019, and you definitely could've been mistaken for thinking that surely the Japanese watchmaker had nothing left in their product arsenal … and then they released this – the Seiko 1969 Quartz Astron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition. As the name suggests, the new Seiko 1969 Quartz Astron has been made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original Seiko Astron, which was first unveiled on Christmas Day 1969. Arguably one of the most important timepieces of the 20th century, the Seiko Astron was the genesis for the quartz wristwatch, and it also started a technological revolution in the horological industry that dramatically and permanently changed the way that watchmakers went about their business. The tonneau-shaped case of the new Astron is fashioned from solid 18k yellow gold, and the distinctive markings found on the case are completely hand-engraved, giving each watch — of which there will be 50 in total — an inimitable quality. Housed inside the famed case, which measures a relatively svelte 40.9mm, is Seiko's Caliber 3X22 GPS solar-powered movement, which offers customers a GPS-controlled time and time zone adjustment, perpetual calendar accurate to… Read More

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Celebrating half a century with the Seiko Automatic Chronograph 50th Anniversary SRQ029J

Seiko Automatic Chronograph 50thAnniversary SRQ029J

Fifty years ago, Seiko released one of the first ever automatic chronograph movements in a watershed moment in watchmaking. To mark the occasion, Seiko has released the Seiko Automatic Chronograph 50th Anniversary SRQ029J, a watch that smartly dances the line between heritage and modern. We got a chance to take a closer look at the new anniversary piece, with all the details in the video below. If you love sporty chronographs that have a historically significant place in the history of watchmaking then this could be the piece for you. It's well-sized at 41mm in diameter, features a movement with a vertical clutch and column wheel, and looks fantastic with the high contrast panda dial. Seiko Automatic Chronograph 50th Anniversary SRQ029J The SRQ029J has an RRP of $5950 AUD. Made in partnership with Seiko. However, the opinions expressed in this article are our own in accordance with our Editorial Policy.

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Seiko's Prospex LX Line Diver emerges from GPHG as a winner

Seiko Prospex LX Line Diver

Seiko's fit for purpose range of Prospex LX Line Diver's watches has beaten some tough competition from the likes of Longines, Ressence and De Bethune to take home the award for best Diver's watch at GPHG 2019. This is an important win for the Japanese manufacturer for two reasons: firstly, the winning Seiko is a Prospex, not a Grand Seiko, and secondly — and perhaps more significantly — the victory shows that the Seiko watches that sit below the aforementioned GS marque are being taken far more seriously, despite the hefty price tag that they now command. Mind you, even with the not inconsequential retail price, you are getting a lot of watch for the money. Take, for example, the Seiko Prospex LX Line SNR029J1. It costs $8500 AUD, but you're getting a professional-grade diver's watch that's water resistant to 300 metres. It's a big case — measuring in at a bulky 44.8mm and 15.7mm thick — but because both the case and the conforming bracelet is hewn from titanium with a super-hard coating, it sits on the wrist with an overriding sense of lightness and tactility. Also, let's not forget that all of Seiko's Prospex LX Line Divers are fitted with… Read More

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VIDEO: Classical elegance shines in the Seiko Presage SJE075 and SJE077

Over the last few years, Seiko's Presage collection has earned something of a reputation for excellence in enamel, with a quick succession of hot watches with fired dials. And while in the past these pieces have leant towards complexity, SJE075 and SJE077 simplify things a little, and serve as contrasting tributes to the original Seiko Laurel. Both watches feature plain dials, with a date at three, Breguet-style Arabic numerals, and well-sized 39.5mm steel case with a super-hard coating. Reference SJE075 is the white dial, which amps up the vintage look, with the distinctive red 12 and blued steel hands, while SJE077 serves some more low-key style, in midnight blue.  Regardless of your dial preference, these Presage models would make an excellent dressy daily option.  Seiko Presage SJE075 and SJE077 price Seiko Presage SJE075 and SJE077, steel on leather, $4700 AUD Made in partnership with Seiko. However, the opinions expressed in this article are our own in accordance with our Editorial Policy.

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HANDS-ON: The Seiko Automatic Chronograph 50th Anniversary — SRQ029J

Celebrating five decades since its first automatic chronograph was released, Seiko has just unveiled this, the new Seiko Automatic Chronograph SRQ029J 50th Anniversary. First revealed in 1969, the original Seiko Automatic Chronograph featured the Japanese watchmaker's historic Calibre 6139 movement, which utilised an integrated vertical clutch and column wheel chronograph architecture. 1969 was a competitive and interesting time for watchmakers, as it wasn't just Seiko that was trying to bring an automatic chronograph to market in the last year of the Swinging Sixties. In fact, not only was an automatic chronograph joint venture between Heuer and Breitling on the precipice of release, but Zenith's famed El Primero movement was also on the verge of being brought to market. Exciting times indeed for the chronograph. The 6139-equipped timepieces were presented in a number of different colour schemes, and all featured a day-date indicator and a single 30-minute sub-dial located at the 6 o'clock position on the sporty dial. What followed the 6139 was arguably one of Seiko's most notable chronographs of all time, the Seiko 6138 "Panda". In fact, the Calibre 6138 spawned a great many cult classics, including the "Kakume", "Jumbo", "Calculator" and "Bullhead". The Panda, like all 6138-powered timepieces, featured two sub-dials: one displaying… Read More

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HANDS-ON: The Seiko Chronograph 55th Anniversary — SRQ031J

Some of the coolest and cultiest of vintage Seiko watches are their calibre 5719 monopusher chronographs, released to coincide with the Tokyo Olympics of 1964 (an event for which Seiko were the official timekeepers btw). These watches didn't look much like a chronograph, with only a single seconds hand and a bidirectional bezel to track elapsed time. They were also (like all chronographs before 1969), manually wound affairs. And while they might have lacked the sort of bells and whistles we expect from a sporty chronograph today, you can't deny that these angular pieces, with reserved '60s good looks oozed style. Well, that was 55 years ago and Seiko has decided that the time is right for a reissue. Which brings us to the SRQ031J, which preserves the old-school charm of the original but adds in some of that modern functionality we expect in 2019. The Seiko Anniversary Chronograph 55th Anniversary SRQ031J (to give it its full name) is a large, fully specced automatic, limited to 1000 pieces. And for all that it's larger than the OG version, it does a very good job of evoking its spirit. The silver dial is shimmery in the light under the sapphire crystal,… Read More

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