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Introducing Japan collection 2020 in Japan Blue. The deep and rich color imbued in Japan's culture since the Meiji era. Various indigo hues produced through a unique dying process used synonymously in the nation's daily life. They'd still cherished within today's time. Seiko carries on the particular traditional palette onto the latest Seiko Presage Crown Automatic Japan Collection 2020 Ref. SARX081. Another objective was laid during the launch of this limited edition to a great cause - with every purchase of the watch; a certain sum would be donated to the Japanese Red Cross, as they assist the global pandemic on the coronavirus infection control activities.
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 the 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.
|Seiko Presage Crown Japan Collection 2020 - Ltd Ed 1000pcs Ref. SARX081
After 50 years, they have decided to celebrate their Promethean by introducing, or should we say, a remake, of their first chronograph wristwatch, the Seiko Presage Chronograph 55th Anniversary Limited Edition Ref. SARK015 back in October 2019. Today, Seiko took the "Crown" ethos to another level with a new limited edition, time-only watch that modeled after the same vintage piece. With enhanced functionality and made in respect of Japan's culture, the all-new 1000 pieces limited edition Seiko Presage Crown Sumo Japan Collection 2020 covers in beautiful Japan blue accent.
Delving into the heart of Seiko's JDM watches, we marvel at the new engine that this renowned company has built. 2005 marks the year in which Seiko made the 6R15 engine, derived from its 7S26 movement. Using this stellar in-house manufactured calibers to create their JDM timepieces, Seiko's 7S and 6R movements are popular among Seiko collectors.
Proven to be reliable and accurate, the 6R15 movement powered the previous Sumo generation ever since their launches three years ago. Always seeking to improve, Seiko unveils its latest engine, the 6R35 caliber, an upgrade from the workhorse 6R15. This movement is used to power the Sumo Japan Blue edition, making this timepiece the first to feature Seiko's new automatic caliber. Maintaining operation at 21,600 BPH (3 Hertz) with hacking and hand winding capabilities, this engine has 24 jewels and a longer power reserve of 70 hours, a whopping 20 hours more than the 7S and 6R. The 200m water resistant Sumo stainless steel case embodies the beautiful craftsmanship and fluid line.
Multi Textured Dial with Seiko's Caliber 6R35
This new Presage line is a well-received favorite in the Seiko community. The Japan Collection 2020 measures 41.3mm wide, a lug to lug length of 49.3mm, a lug width of 20mm, and coming in svelte with a height of 11.3mm. This watch kept its DNA, having full polished mid-case and case-back, straight old-school beveled lugs style with a whole indigo blue minute bezel that makes the Ref. 5719-8992 distinct.
Additionally, this watch's indigo friction bezel has no free play as it rotates smooth yet sturdy in both directions. Admire a mixture of satin brush and Seiko high polishing through the impeccable Zaratsu polishing, through the entire timepiece that adds refinement to this unique watch. Therefore, all these have enhanced the Presage Crown and feels a notch higher than other sport-chic watches in the same price point for many years, and many more to come.
Glimmering away, the full polished screw-down case back allows for a 100m water resistance, deeming this timepiece your trusty partner with its sterile push-pull crown at the 3 o'clock position. Branded with the "Japan Collection 2020" that sets this edition apart from others, the case of the Japan Collection 2020 affixes a domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal instead of the usual Hardlex mineral crystal.
Incredible sunburst blue dial with indigo blue bezel
With the watch's unique aesthetic and incredible dial, now the nickname of "Crown," starts to ring a bell. A significant throwback of ref. 5719-8992, the new Japan Collection 2020 sports a sunburst indigo blue dial that matches the bezel. The Presage Crown freshens the original design with applied tiny blocks of Lumi Brite on the inner pie-pan dial, while paired with faceted hour marker blocks. Adding on to that, the dial embodies multi-finished with circular patterns where the hour markers sit, sectoring the rest of the dial into two sections that feature a more subdue blue hue. The outer ring gets the minute markers, whereas the inner sector received the Seiko logo and texts. Pairing perfectly with the lime green second hand, the watch radiates with enhanced vividness and depth. With all that said, legibility is excellent on this Presage Crown.
Like the applied markers, the impeccable handset is generously coated with Seiko's Lumi Brite, allowing it to glow brightly for hours. Further, Seiko has also kept the original date display at 3 o'clock with its beveled metallic window, appearing to be as elegant as before.
The 3-link steel bracelet's design compliments the watch beautifully, having it brushed mainly, with polished sides, giving this new Presage Crown a seamless look and feel. This exquisite timepiece comes with a bonus black patent-styled leather with indigo go blue stitches that match the Japan blue theme and is well suited for more formal occasions. With excellent durability that can withstand conditions, these straps and bracelet let one rocks it in style.
|Seiko luminous glows brightly in the dark|
Carrying the characterized Japanese indigo dyeing colorway, the Seiko Presage Crown Japan Collection 2020 - Ltd Ed 1000 pcs Ref. SARX081 is a welcoming addition to the Presage collection. It is a well fabricated Seiko's all-rounder that boasts its alluring and evergreen hue that's singularly well-admired. With the enhanced specs and an upgraded movement, this watch is a testament to Seiko's high standards and patriotism as an esteemed watchmaker that goes the extra mile to cater to its market's interests by observing what appeals to its audience. Overall, the 1000 pieces-only Japan collection 2020 is a well-built, genuine reissue that will find its way into true watch enthusiasts' collections.