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Seiko has gone through decades of refinements and developing its mechanical watchmaking skills. This had led to the creation of Seiko's own all-mechanical collection; the Presage. The collection is heavily based on Seiko's heritage whereby most of the design cues are translated from the 1913 Laurel (with an enamel white dial and Arabic numerals).
|Seiko Presage Enamel Column-Wheel Chronograph Ref. SRQ023J1 / SARK013|
Today, let us introduce to you the Seiko Presage Enamel Chronograph Ref. SRQ023J1, JDM ref. SARK013. It 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 is heavily based on the 2016 Limited edition model; the 60th Anniversary chronograph SRQ019.
The Seiko Presage Enamel Chronograph Ref. SRQ023J1 / SARK013 is one of Seiko's latest chronograph launched in 2017 as part of the Presage enamel collection. It is also the only mechanical chronograph model offered by Seiko other than Springdrive.
|Enamel dial with matching blued hands|
Seiko's expertise with chronographs can be traced back to the 1960's when they introduced the manual winding caliber 5719 for the summer Olympics. Merely a few years later they were in the race (competing with Breitling and Heuer) to introduce the world's first automatic chronograph with caliber 6139, which features revolutionary innovations such as the "magic lever", column wheel and vertical clutch.
The Seiko Presage Enamel Chronograph Ref. SRQ023J1 / SARK013 is powered by Seiko's automatic caliber, 8R48, operating at 28,800 BPH (4 Hertzs) 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 "mushroom" chrono pushers|
With over 50 years of evolution, the original caliber 6139 has evolved into today's 8R calibre which was launched in 2009 with a new three-pointed hammer that ensures all chronograph counters return to zero simultaneously. Manufacturing the balance, balance spring and escapement in house, Seiko's 8R48 is made up of over 250 parts coupled with a power reserve of not lesser than 45 hours.
The elegant 42mm case is made from stainless steel. With high polished sides and fine satin brushed on top, the watch exudes class. The 100m water resistant case has two mushroom pushers on the right side, with the signature signed onion crown sitting in the middle.
|Seiko's 8R48 Calibre with over 250 parts|
The most unique feature of the Presage chronograph is probably the white enamel dial that stays true to its heritage since the 1913 Laurel watch. The advantage of enamel is of course its toughness and it will neither wear off nor age. Which means it will retain the same fine glossy finishing even after many years. It is a one piece enamel dial, with snailing sub-dials at 3,6 and 9 o'clock.
To top things off, the dial is paired with a set of elegant blued hands, while the hour markers are painted with elongated roman numerals. This is also a nod to Seiko's past 1890s pocket watch; like the Seiko "Time Keeper".
|Genuine alligator strap with push button deployant clasp|
The SRQ023J1 / SARK013 comes with a genuine black alligator leather strap with a deployment clasp with push button release.
Summing up, the SRQ023J1 / SARK013 is is quite a worthy contender to its limited edition brethren in 2016, allowing more enthusiasts to be able to get one as a keeper, being one of those watches that has to be seen in person to enjoy the beauty. The column-wheel chronograph movement coupled with the enamel dial makes this model undoubtedly super value for money Japanese or Swiss.
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