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King Seiko watches make a prominent introduction among other sub-collections of Seiko watches. The history of King Seiko is intertwined with the broader journey of Seiko, one of the most renowned watch manufacturers in the world.
This collection carries the flamboyance of the mid-1960s charm with a dressy and clean dial. So, how do King Seiko's watches differ from the Grand Seiko and Seiko itself?
In Seiko's lineup, both Grand Seiko and King Seiko represented the pinnacle of Japanese watchmaking. King Seiko can be described as a resurgence, remaining under the Seiko umbrella, unlike Grand Seiko which stands as its own brand.
While Grand Seiko pursues the luxury market and Seiko with a wider array of affordable collections, King Seiko fills in the gap between the two. The collection offers watches with precision, accuracy, and tasteful design which flaunts the high quality of its construction.
In other words, Grand Seiko was marketed as the more luxurious and upscale line, while King Seiko focused on precision and accuracy. Both lines shared the goal of showcasing Japan's watchmaking prowess.
King Seiko’s revival started with the introduction of the historic King Seiko KSK model from the 1965 design. Paying homage to the original timepiece, this King Seiko watch exhibits the same design elements – effectively mirroring the original watch in almost a 1:1 manner, with only minor differences.
The watch flaunts a graceful design with sharp cutting-edge technology, resulting in a nice combination of vintage look and contemporary design. Taking a closer look at the flat dial is faceted indexes with broad, sharp hands that further enhance the watch's elegance.
Behind the enchanting vintage-inspired design is the reliable King Seiko movement that pursues high-quality and precise engineering. The result is accurate timepieces. Along with that is the use of premium materials to ensure longevity.
Further, the lugs are distinct with their sharp and daring multi-sided design, showcasing sizeable flat surfaces and finely defined edges. They undergo Zaratsu polishing, resulting in a flawless mirrored shine without any distortions.
Presented as a limited edition collection to celebrate Seiko’s 140th anniversary, the emblem on the caseback remains consistent with the original design – serving as a mark of authenticity for the limited edition.
Several factors make reasonable reasons why King Seiko watches are worth buying. It is a popular revival from an era where technical and design development was advanced. This collection is a classic reborn that brings Seiko's mechanical excellence and elegant design from the past to the present day.
King Seiko watches offer timeless designs which are known for their attention to detail, well-balanced proportions, and elegant aesthetics. No wonder it has become one of Seiko-fans' favorites. Moreover, it's a limited edition that makes the watch exclusive.
In terms of pricing, the King Seiko watch falls in the range between the average top-end of Seiko's offerings and the entry models of Grand Seiko. This provides a significant value proposition for enthusiasts. So, what do you think about Seiko’s elegant revival?
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