Despite the fact that the Presage collection has only been around for three years, it has become an entrenched part of the contemporary Seiko identity due to its strong value proposition. Split into the “Basic” category (home of the flamboyant Cocktail Time) and the more elaborate “Prestige” line, Presage has established itself as one of the more comprehensive collections from a pricing standpoint within Seiko as a whole. Yesterday, we received word that two new watches will be joining the upmarket-focused Prestige lineup. These two timepieces, SNR037 and SNR039, don’t just mark a new high-water mark for Presage, they also feature the application of a first for the line. That’s right, both of the watches are powered by Seiko’s proprietary Spring Drive technology.
Formerly restricted to the premium Grand Seiko and Credor brands, Spring Drive found its way into Seiko’s sporty Prospex subdivision at Baselworld 2019. The Prospex and Presage lines are intertwined as the home for the more high-grade and enthusiast-focused timepieces that feature Seiko branding. The two new watches are virtually identical other than their black and white porcelain enamel dials. Enamel is a common sight on Presage timepieces with Arita and Shippo being two of the more memorable tecnhiques to appear on a Seiko face. These dials have all been produced by Mitsuru Yokosawa, a 48-year veteran of the Japanese enamel industry. While most small enamel products measure in the range of 10 square centimeters, the dials used in Seiko watches are significantly smaller at just 3 centimeters in diameter. According to Seiko, Yokosawa is the only craftsman in Japan that can reach these tolerances.
Both of the new watches are powered by Caliber 5R65 that offers an accuracy of +/- 1 second per day and running autonomy of up to 72 hours. This movement also enables a power reserve display between 7 and 8 o’clock on the dial and a date aperture at 3 o’clock. Seiko has applied its “Super-Hard” coating to the 40-mm, stainless steel case, which features elongated, straight lugs. Additionally, the water resistance rating has been specced to 100 meters. The sapphire crystal is curved over the enamel dial, while the 5R65 Caliber is visible through an exhibition caseback. The Seiko Presage Enamel Spring Drive SNR037 and SNR039 are both priced at $4,500 and will be available in October.