When it comes to evaluating a new watch, many of us play the “what if” game. What if the watch had a blue dial? What if it had a grey bezel? The new Seiko Custom Watch Beatmaker SRPH19K puts that idea into action with a new limited-edition design chosen by fans of the brand worldwide. The result of the “Custom Watch Beatmaker” campaign, the new SRPH19K won the most votes out of 48,000 designs submitted by up and coming artists all around the world. Each design was paired with a song, and then left to you, the people, to democratically elect your favourite by throwing it a like.
The Seiko Custom Watch Beatmaker SRPH19K utilises the familiar Seiko 5 sports design, its stainless-steel case 42.5mm in diameter, 13.38mm thick, and a wrist-friendly 46mm across the wrist lug-to-lug. Mixed finishes create a dynamic aesthetic that’s predominantly satin-brushed with a mirror-polished caseband and crown guards. While the protected crown at 4′ is not a screw-down, the robust sports watch is water-resistant to 100 metres, making it a great daily diver for the summer season.
What is really interesting to see here is the new colour scheme and user-elected aesthetic. Seiko fans worldwide voted for a golden sunburst dial, a nice change of pace from the preponderance of green we have seen this year. Champagne dials can sometimes feel a dated, but here we have a bolder yellow that’s more indicative of gold tone. The dial includes three central hour, minute, and seconds hands, a black on white day-date complication at 3′, and applied baton hour indices. The hands and indices are all filled with LumiBrite for added visibility in darker settings, and the stepped outer minutes track that runs around the inner bezel keeps the dial cleaner and makes it easier to read the time. Perhaps a less surprising element of colour is its diver’s timing bezel that’s rendered in a known fan-favourite blue and red Pepsi scheme.
The Seiko Custom Watch Beatmaker SRPH19K is outfitted on a brushed stainless-steel bracelet, with three-piece links held in place by pin and collar. The sides of each link are mirror polished to maintain continuity of mixed finishes and create added elegance. The bracelet is secured to the wrist via it’s three-fold clasp with secure-lock and push button release. Inside the watch is the Seiko in-house caliber 4R36. Visible beneath an exhibition caseback, the robust and industrially finished caliber is on full display – boasting a power reserve of 41 hours off the wrist, the automatic movement self-winding while worn.
Seiko Custom Watch Beatmaker SRPH19K pricing and availability:
The Seiko 5 Sports Custom Watch Beatmaker SRPH19 2021 Limited Edition is released in 2021 pieces only from Seiko Boutique Online. Price: $499 AUD
Movement: Caliber 4R36
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
Power reserve: 41 hours
Number of jewels: 24
Specifications Stainless steel case and bracelet with three-fold clasp with secure lock & push button release
See-through screw case back
Diameter: 42.5mm, Thickness: 13.4mm, Lug-to-lug 46mm
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m