Seiko will celebrate the 110th anniversary of its first wristwatch next year with a new collection of commemorative watches, starting with this new Seiko Presage inspired by the original Laurel of 1913.
Born in 1913, the Laurel is the very first wristwatch of Seiko, but also of Japan. The model would inaugurate a long series of innovations over the century that advanced the art of watchmaking, including the first quartz wristwatch in 1969 and the revolutionary Spring Drive technology in 1999.
In 2014, the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers designated it as one of its “Mechanical Engineering Heritages.” And, it was the 1913 Laurel that served as the model here for this new Seiko Presage Watchmaking 110th Anniversary. The original watch has been faithfully recreated in a 37.5 mm round case housing a modern automatic movement: the 6R27 caliber, equipped with a 45-hour power reserve – the indicator is located at nine o’clock while the date indicator is at six o’clock – and a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz).
The characteristic Arabic numerals, retro-style blued hands and large fluted crown of the original watch have also been faithfully reproduced, visible under the pure enamel dial – protected by a box-shapped sapphire crystal cut directly into the case – crafted by master craftsman Mitsuru Yokohama and his teams.
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The Seiko Presage Watchmaking 110th Anniversary will be available in a limited edition of 2,500 pieces from January 2023 at Seiko boutiques, on seikowatches.com and at selected retailers.
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