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In the early 1910s, the Japanese watch manufacturer debuted its first mechanical watch. In continuation of its development, Seiko has launched its automatic caliber in the 1950s, along with its marvel, which is the creation of its shock absorbing system for the movement; known as the "Diashock" system.
|Seiko Presage Automatic Open-Heart Black Ref. SSA367J1|
Seiko has gone through a decade of refining and developing its mechanical watchmaking skills. These had led to the creation of Seiko's all-mechanical collection; the Presage.
In the Presage line consist of Seiko’s leading mechanical watch collection, like the caliber 4R, 6R and 8R, and today we introduced to you the latest model; the Presage Automatic Open-Heart Black Ref. SSA367J1.
The Seiko Presage Automatic Open-Heart Black Ref. SSA367J1 is a great concept and well balanced between a quality everyday watch, preserving the precision of timekeeping with some quirky flair like, for instance, it's unique cut-out dial with an additional 24 hours subdial concept.
|Open Heart and 24 hours display|
The SSA367J1 features such characteristics, bearing a 39.2mm wide and 45mm long case. This dimensions made the watch very wearable on most wrist, plus with the thickness of only 12mm allows the SSA367J1 to slip under a shirt cuff without any hassle.
Our favorite detail on the case is the mixture of polished bezel running along the edge of the case, with the combination of an attractive vertical brushing on its side that matches the same finished mid-case. With these finishings, the case looks sharp with these details, rather than a simple bland round generic case. The SSA367J1 has a water resistance of 100m, allowing one for everyday use.
Perhaps most importantly, the glossy black dial is exceptionally well done. The markers are applied with Roman hours on the 12 and 6 o’clock position, giving it a formal feel. The dial has the Seiko branding and all other wordings placed inside an inner-dial which gives it a more sophisticated touch.
|Polished and satin-brushed finishing on the elegant case and bracelet|
The open heart here represents the view of its escapement (that's where the Open-Heart name comes about here), seen through by the wearer on the dial side, and the placement is from a cutout at 9 o’clock position. Further, things get a bit more complicated, Seiko intersects the open-heart with a 24 hours subdial on top of it. Much attention has been placed here as both cut out for the 24 hours sub dial and escapement view, have a metallic outline trim that matches the hour markers and inner-sector ring. Well done Seiko.
The Seiko Presage Automatic Open-Heart Ref. SSA367J1 is a Japan model, flipping it over you get a clear view of the robust 24 jewels 4R39 automatic caliber. It belongs to the 4R collection with a power reserve of approximately 41 hours, with hacking and manual winding adjustments, finishing up with a magnetic resistance of 4,800 A/m. This movement beats at 3 Hertz and wearer can admire the escapement “breathing” and beating, through the cut out on the dial side.
|4R39 automatic movement|
A gentlemen’s mechanical watch like the SSA367J1, can be worn on any occasion and feel proud of it mainly for it's uncanny resemblance to its pedigree “Grand Seiko” cousins. Part of the Presage lineup of dress watches means that this is a step above the Spirit collection(SARB033) in terms of built and finishing. The elegant touch is having paired with its five links bracelet, with the middle pair being polished and remaining satin-finished.
While Japan is a land with longstanding cultural history and they value their tradition till today, even in design and manufacturing values. The Presage Automatic Open-Heart Ref. SSA367J1 is every day/elegant style dress watch that has a unique open dial concept at a reasonable price, where it belongs in this tradition, and is also where Seiko combines their manufacturing capabilities.
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