After selling watches for 40 years, I rarely get excited enough about a new style to want one for myself. But it happened this week. When I feasted my eyes on this Seiko Presage, it was love at first sight.
The name presage is after a cocktail developed by a renowned mixologist (is that a real word?), and the proprietor of a bar in Shibuya district, Tokyo. It is a limited edition timepiece; this one is No. 0901 of 3500.
The dial is extremely eye-catching; subtly textured, three layer with a sunken date sub dial and raised index markers. The quality of the hands and markers is excellent mirror finish, in keeping with Seiko’s habit of over delivering on quality with the visual features. The delphin hands are bevelled, which gives this watch excellent legibility despite the rather poor contrast. The very large crown and the domed glass, not only gives this watch a retro look, but also a lot of character.
Talking of the clasp, here we have a deployant type clasp (not deployment) and I love it…..this system extends the live of the strap by a factor of 2 or, perhaps, 3.
Now, to the movement. The Seiko 4R57A has evolved from the 7001 witch helped establish Seiko’s reputation for reliability and accuracy way back in the early 70’s. It now features a power reserve indicator and auxiliary manual wind. But, it’s not that pretty and was never designed for an exhibition case….even the screws are poorly finished. Seiko could have done a lot better tarting up the plates and screws.
A couple of other things; It is quite bulky at 14mm thick, I’m not sure if that is necessary. And, the strap, although rugged, is guillotined on the edges rather than rolled.
But the best part; This fantastic mechanical, limited edition watch sells for $850!!! Great value.