To mark its a hundred and fortieth anniversary in 2021, Seiko will introduce a re-issue of King Seiko, a mechanical timepiece it made within the mid-Sixties and recognized largely to look at aficionados now. This new watch, Ref. SJE083, pays homage to a second collection mannequin known as the King Seiko KSK. Nonetheless, to know the importance of this watch, one might want to return to a time when Seiko was keen to ascertain itself as a reputable different to Swiss timepieces in post-Conflict Japan.
Of their quest to make mechanical watches with excessive accuracy within the late 1950’s, Seiko inspired competitors between its two factories – Suwa Seikosha in Nagano prefecture and Daini Seikosha (daini is Japanese for second) in Kameido, Tokyo. The purpose was to advertise competitors and consequently improve the choices that the umbrella Seiko model may supply. Every manufacturing unit labored impartial of one another and even had their very own emblem on the dial – Suwa had a whirlpool image and Daini had a thunderbolt. The improvements that resulted from the competitors between the 2 factories would assist Seiko go on to dominate the Observatory Chronometer Competitions in Switzerland within the late 1960’s. Suwa Seikosha launched the now-legendary Grand Seiko in 1960 and the Ref. 6139, the world’s first computerized chronograph in 1969, however the of us at Daini Seikosha have been no slouches.
In 1961, they offered their riposte to the Grand Seiko – a excessive mechanical gown watch they named King Seiko. The KSK mannequin launched in 1965 was powered by a manual-winding 25-jewel caliber. Not like the early Grand Seiko Ref. 3180, which had tender rounded edges, the King Seiko’s design was all sharp angles, flat surfaces and multi-faceted corners that performed off the ambient gentle effectively. In reality, Tara Tanaka, a designer who labored at Daini, created a set of ideas generally known as the “Grammar of Design” which might go on to affect the creation of each Seiko timepiece. Daini Seikosha is thought immediately as Seiko Devices Inc. and the Suwa manufacturing unit is now Seiko Epson Company.
The re-issue of the 1965 KSK is true to the main points of the unique watch. The chrome steel case has Seiko’s proprietary Diashield coating (an excellent arduous coating to assist stop scratches) and is 38.1 mm vast (barely wider than the unique) and is topped by a box-shaped sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating. The sharp faceted lugs function flat planes that function a sprucing method (known as Zaratsu) that ends in distortion-free mirror end.
The flat dial has multi-faceted hour markers, the textured floor of the index at 12 gives for a little bit of sparkle. A date window at 3 o’ clock is a concession to modernity. The metal caseback has a gold medallion with the identical design as the unique. It’s powered by Calibre 6L35, a thinner and a extra correct replace to the model’s earlier 6R15 that had previously equipped models like the Presage SJE073.
The buckle of the leather-based strap too is an correct replica of the unique. The Seiko identify and a “W” mark that signifies the KSK’s water-resistance seem on the crown. The King Seiko KSK re-creation will likely be accessible from January 2021 as a restricted version of three,000 at Seiko boutiques and at chosen retail companions worldwide and can retail at €3,400.