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The New Seiko Presage Automatic Blue "Tuxedo" Ref. SARX045 is the latest release under their Presage mechanical line.
|Presage Automatic Blue "Tuxedo" Ref. SARX045|
The overall design has a balanced proportions with a high level of fit and finishing, coming at 39.5mm by 48mm, with a thickness of only 11.3mm. This makes it a gentlemen's mechanical watch that is to be worn on any occasion, from a dinner attire to polo shirt and jeans. The Blue "Tuxedo" SARX045 is an upgrade of the Spirit collection like Sarb033, while resembling its "Grand Seiko" cousins without looking particularly to any specific models. Another nice touch by Seiko is where they have brought back the old-school "H-link" style bracelet. The slim but sporty bracelet goes well with the casual-sport design theme. The bracelet is finished in a satin brushed - polished finishing. As with all other collection from the SARX collection, the SARX045 is finished in a mixture of satin brushed and high mirror polish finishing.
|Angular case design with aggresive case lines|
Unlike the SARX033 and SARX055, the SARX045 employs a more angular case design with more aggresive case lines. The first thing is that comes to mind is Gérald Genta's design approach. This has a very similar case and bracelet design approach like the iconic Royal Oak and Nautilus. There is also a crown guard to protect it's crown from knocks and impacts which is a nice additional touch. Again, highlighting the classy-sporty looks.
|Sporty H-style bracelet|
The crown is unique as it has an additional "cabochon sapphire " style crown that reminisce of high end watches like Cartier, giving it a luxurious look.
Powered by Seiko's automatic caliber, 6R15, operating at 21,600 BPH (3 Hertzs) with hacking and hand winding capabilities. It has 23 jewels with a power reserve of 50 hours through a Spron 510 mainspring.
|Seiko's 6R15 Automatic Movement|
The "Tuxedo" dial is another highlight of the watch which has a slight dissimilarity with the previous Brightz edition (SDGM003). It has a sleek, vertical tuxedo stripes on a sunburst blue dial, giving it a unique finishing from the rest of them in the Presage collection. The Seiko designers follows their habit by keeping the Lumibrite out of the SARX045's applied hands and indexes, this is to keep the watch looking more timeless without them.
To sum up, if you are looking for a classy sporty watch that allows you to wear on a daily basis, with the perks of being extremely well made and not break the bank, the Presage Automatic Blue "Tuxedo" Ref. SARX045 is probably the watch for you.