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Following the Presage Sharp Edged collection, Seiko introduces an exciting new titanium mechanical GMT addition to the Presage collection packing an entire suite of attractive specifications in an especially classy GMT timepiece. Embodying the fundamental traits of various other models in the Presage family of Seiko watches, the latest Presage Ocean Traveler collection flaunts a ravishing textured dial and a sophisticated appearance that delivers in both looks and mechanical performance.
The world has come to develop a deep appreciation for Japanese innovations and their incredibly fine craftsmanship. From cars, electronics, and something that we unequivocally love the most; wrist watches. Renowned Japanese watch manufacturer Seiko demonstrated advanced techniques in the fine art of watchmaking since its founding back in 1881, producing exquisite timepieces that went head-to-head with even the Swiss. Since then, Seiko has grown to be an illustrious name associated with watches of remarkable precision, quality and value.
|Seiko Presage Ocean Traveler GMT Champagne Ref. SARF012
During Baselworld 2016, Seiko announced the Presage collection, a series of sporty dress watches to international markets, bringing to the table a range of premium models that were a significant step up from their entry-level offerings. This captivating line up became a fan-favourite amongst avid watch collectors for their impressive value, premium materials and amazing dial work usually only found in higher-tier Grand Seiko models.
Constructed out of titanium, the refined case of the Presage Ocean Traveler GMT Champagne - Ref. SARF012 carries some really impressive finishes despite being a metal that is significantly more tough to work with compared to stainless steel. Being one of the strongest metals on the planet commonly utilized in the aerospace industry, titanium is renowned to be extremely robust while weighing considerably less than stainless steel. If you’re a venturous globetrotter, a lightweight yet durable, travel-ready GMT timepiece like this certainly makes for a great companion.
|Intricate finishing on the multi faceted case and bracelet|
Displaying Seiko’s incredible Japanese craftsmanship, the titanium case is skilfully finished with a fine satin brushing at the top of the lugs, transitioning immaculately to a highly-polished finish at the side of the case with sharp and defined lines. In order to strengthen surface hardness and scratch resistance, the case is treated with Seiko’s proprietary DiaShield super-hard coating, preserving the beautiful case finishes. Likewise, the supplied H-style flat edged titanium bracelet is treated with the same coating for additional scratch resistance. Measuring with a case diameter of 40mm, a lug to lug distance of 47.8mm and a thickness of 14.6mm, the Ocean Traveler gracefully exhibits the elegance of a modern dress watch.
Encompassing the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, the scalloped rose gold plated polished bezel edges bring a dash of compelling character to the Presage Ocean Traveler GMT Champagne - Ref. SARF012 as it draws attention towards the champagne textured dial displaying intricate wavy lines that is simply enthralling. Seiko has always produced stunning textured dials, especially at such a competitive price point. Similar to the dial layout on Seiko’s Sharp Edged GMT models, the Ocean Traveler features a power reserve indicator between the 9 and 10 o’clock position and a date subdial at the 6 o’clock position. Sporting a set of rose gold plated leaf-shape hands, the dial adopts a dressier and more elegant style for a GMT with a two-tone 24-hour chapter ring to track a second time zone instead of an external rotating bezel.
Seiko caliber 6R64 automatic GMT movement
The Presage Ocean Traveler GMT Champagne - Ref. SARF012 is driven by the in-house Seiko caliber 6R64 automatic GMT movement. Being a “true” GMT movement, the GMT hand can be adjusted independently without hacking the second hand, a feature truly appreciated by frequent travellers. Speaking of the second hand, the 29 jewel movement beats at a smooth 28,800 BPH (4Hz) while providing a substantial power reserve of 45 hours. The exhibition screw-in caseback allows for a view of the exceptional movement, this also equips the watch a considerable 100m of water resistance.
Combining a Japanese aesthetic sense with Seiko’s traditional art of watchmaking, the Presage Ocean Traveler GMT Champagne - Ref. SARF012 is a spectacular addition to the Presage collection as a GMT timepiece incorporating a performance-driven automatic engine, a truly charismatic dial and a well-executed robust titanium case. Whether serving as a tool when flying across the globe or as an exquisite showpiece with a deluxe three-piece suit, this is a handsome release by Seiko that will definitely steal the show many times over.