In 1956, Seiko introduced the world to the first Japanese-made, self-winding mechanical wristwatch. Sixty years later, the brand pays homage to that historic timepiece with a limited edition from its new, all-mechanical Presage collection.
The Seiko Automatic 60th Anniversary Limited Edition (Ref. SARW027) replicates much of the design of the 1956 Seiko Automatic, including the curved, pale ivory dial; simple, applied golden indices; and faceted, triangular golden hands. Two new elements have been added, in the form of an arc-shaped, 45-hour power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock; and a date subdial at 6 o’clock. In another modern twist on the original, Seiko’s “Snake S” emblem, which adorned the dial of the 1956 watch, is used here as an engraving on the grooved winding crown.
The stainless steel case measures 40.5 mm in diameter and is water-resistant to 100 meters. In the front is a dual-curved sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating; in the back is a screwed down exhibition caseback offering a view of the automatic movement, Seiko Caliber 6R27, and its solid gold rotor. The movement has 29 jewels and a 28,800-vph frequency; according to Seiko, it boasts a timekeeping accuracy of -15 to +25 seconds per day.
The Seiko Presage Automatic 60th Anniversary Limited Edition is mounted on a crocodile leather strap with a tri-folding, steel push-button clasp. Limited to just 1,956 pieces (in honor of the year the first Seiko Automatic debuted), it is packaged in a special wooden anniversary box and retails in the U.S for $1,100.