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In 1964, Seiko introduced a 12-ligne, hand-wound chronograph movement known as Caliber 5719, produced by their factory, Suwa Seikosha. The wristwatch chronograph known as its caliber- 5719-8992 features a single pusher chronograph function with horizontal coupling and a column wheel to control the whole star, stop and reset system. What's unique about 5719-8992 excluding a mono-pusher set up, was it has no elapsed-time counter. Therefore Seiko ingeniously incorporated a black rotating bezel with 1-minute increments to deal with elapsed timing. This was the first-ever chronograph that Seiko has brought forth to the world. After 50 years, they have decided to celebrate their Promethean by introducing, or should we say, a remake, of their first chronograph wristwatch, Behold, the Seiko Presage Chronograph 55th Anniversary Limited Edition Ref. SARK015.
|Seiko Presage Chronograph 55th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 1000pcs - Ref. SARK015 / SRQ031
Before we get onto the Anniversary Chronograph, we like to elaborate more on what the Presage line stood for in Seiko. Seiko has gone through decades of refinements and developing its mechanical watchmaking skills. This had led to the creation of Seiko's all-mechanical collection, the Presage. The selection heavily based on Seiko's heritage, whereby most of the design cues translated from the 1913 Laurel (with a white enamel dial and Arabic numerals). However, the Presage line has evolved since then with different aesthetics and designs while staying true to the pure-mechanical prospects without compromise.
Now back to the main topic right here, the Seiko Presage Chronograph 55th Anniversary LE is Seiko's latest variation of the Presage collection with a mechanical chronograph, which is a rare thing to find nowadays in Seiko's collections. It heavily based on the first chronograph they manufactured in 1964; 5719-8992. The case is beefed up from 38mm to 42.3mm wide and with a thickness of 15.3mm to keep things balanced. The watch kept its DNA, having full polished mid-case and case-back, straight old-school lugs style with the whole black 1-minute bezel that what makes 5719-8992 distinct. Further, though the vibe of the SARK015 feels nostalgic and sixties, the finishing is impeccable with Seiko's Zaratsu polishing throughout the whole case. On the right side of the case, we got the pump-pushers to start and reset the Chronograph, and a signed crown for time and date adjustments.
|Seiko Automatic Chronograph Caliber 8R48|
Underneath the box-shaped crystal showcases Seiko's up-to-date chronograph format. The Tri-Compax layout fits nicely into the centre of the pie-pan dial, where the snailed sunburst sub-dials features ritzy gilt rings that matches with the applied faceted hour markers. The off-white dial further bears multi-finishings with circular patterns around the inner dial where the hour markers sit, while the rest of it features a matte finishing. Another nod to the original 60sÂ 5719-8992 model goes to the central hands and the minute track on the outer-circumference. A necessary yet subtle date-display is set in-between the 4 and 5 o'clock position without any overlaps. Everything on the vintage-looking dial balance off blissfully without feeling cluttered and wearers will have no problem reading off both the time and sub-dials reading at all.
Flipping the watch over, the Seiko Presage Chronograph 55th Anniversary Limited Edition Ref. SARK015 powered by Seiko's top-end automatic caliber, 8R48, operating at 28,800 BPH (4 Hertz) with hacking and hand winding capabilities. Further, it features a column-wheel and vertical clutch system, which allows smoother usage of the chronograph. This integrated chronograph has 34 jewels with a power reserve of 45 hours through a Spron 510 mainspring.
|Elegant case finishing with chrono pushers|
The SARK015 lastly comes with a genuine full-stitched black cordovan leather strap with a deployment clasp with push-button release, keeping the Presage lineup scheme while feeling classic on its overall.
Limited to 1000 pieces, the Seiko Presage Chronograph 55th Anniversary Limited Edition Ref. SARK015 is a nicely executed chronograph that brings one back in celebration mood on Seiko's effort of pioneering a robust chronograph. If one is looking for a genuine, solid reissue of one's brand achievement in horology, this vertical clutch, column-wheel automatic, hooded in its original heritage case design, the 55th Anniversary Chronograph sets forth as a great example, and one will not be disappointed.