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In the early 1910s, the Japanese watch manufacturer had debuted its first mechanical watch. In continuation of its development, Seiko has launched its automatic calibre in 1950s, along with its own marvel, which is the creation of its shock absorbing system for the movement; known as the "Diashock" system.
Seiko has gone through a decade of refinining and developing its mechanical watchmaking skills. This had led to the creation of Seiko's own all-mechanical collection; the Presage.
In the Presage line consist of Seiko’s leading mechanical watch collection, like the calibre 4R, 6R and 8R, and today we introduced to you the latest model; the Presage Karesansui Automatic Black Ref. SRPC81J1.
The Seiko Presage Karesansui Automatic Black Ref. SRPC81J1 is a great balance between quality and its price point. Where it preserve the precision of timekeeping with an elegant touch on its asthetics, like for instant, its unique pattern dial that we will discussed shortly.
|Seiko SRPC81J1 with applied Roman hour markers and feuille hands|
Powered by Seiko's automatic caliber, 4R35, operating at 21,600 BPH (3 Hertzs) with hacking and hand winding capabilities. It has 23 jewels with a power reserve of 41 hours with a sweeping second hand.
A gentlemen’s mechanical watch like the SRPC81J1, can be worn on any ocasion and feel proud of it especially for it's uncanny resemblence to its predigre “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 SRPC81J1 is fitted in a modest 41.7mm case with a slim profile of 11.74mm. This svelte stainless steel case is then fully polished to give it a more fancy look from the 50s. However, once it is paired with its 5 link-style bracelet, the versatility is brought forth for the wearer when he or she straps it on for any ocassions.
|Polished and satin-brushed finishing on the elegant case and bracelet|
One of the highlight of the Presage Karesansui Black is the stainless steel bracelet. Each link is made up of 5 parts. Satin brushed on the 3 main parts and polished on the connecting parts. giving the bracelet a sense of quality and dimensions.
Unique Karesansui (Japanese Zen Garden) pattern dial
Now here comes the main highlight, The black glossy textured dial is where Seiko's link of their prowness in combining watchmaking with its tradition and culture. The dial has a vertical tuxedo pattern with ribbing patterns that reflects the depth of a traditional japanese rock garden (known as zen garden); Karesansui.
A brief elaboration of Karesansui, it is Japanese's rock gardens existed since early 794AD, where it consist a natural landscape arrangements of rocks and water features and bushes. The main jizz of them are having a special flooring design that uses gravel or sand that is raked to represent ripples in water.
The Karesansui dial is then coupled with applied Roman indexes is intricate. Another detail worth mentioning are the feuille (leaf-style) hands. And to top it all, the domed-shape curved sapphire crystal that is a nod to retroness, while letting wearer to glance for time easily in any lighting conditions. One can easily spend hours looking at the watch to admire the intricate details that Seiko has put into this excellent dress watch.
|4R35 automatic movement|
While Japan is a land with a longstanding cultural history and they value their tradition till today, even in design and manufacturing values. The Presage Karesansui Automatic Black Ref. SRPC81J1 is an everyday style dress watch that is reasonably price, where it belongs in this tradition, and is also where Seiko combines their manufacturing capabilities with Japan's own everlasting culture.
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