`60s Seiko Speedtimer Inspires New Prospex Models

Seiko are digging into their past for inspiration and just announced some new Prospex models. Here’s the press info;

In the 1960s, Seiko announced itself on the international sports timing stage with a whole new generation of high-precision equipment that was enthusiastically endorsed by many international sports federations and used to capture elapsed time at many of the world’s leading sports events.

Central to this success was a range of stopwatches that incorporated Seiko’s innovative “heart-shaped cam” mechanism, a feature which delivered a level of precision once thought unachievable by manual sports timing devices. Then, in 1969, Seiko introduced the Seiko Speedtimer with the innovative Caliber 6139.

It was the world’s first automatic chronograph with a column wheel and vertical clutch, two devices that delivered real improvements in the measurement of elapsed time in a wristwatch and are still a pre-requisite in high functionality chronographs.

Today, a new series of six watches inspired by the Speedtimer and Seiko’s rich and continuing tradition of sports timing join the Prospex collection. A limited edition watch with a new automatic chronograph movement pays faithful tribute to the design of the 1964 stopwatch, while a second version with the same caliber and a series of four solar chronographs complete the range.

DO YOU LIKE BIG BUTTONS?

We do, although not on watches as they tend to dig into the back of your hand. If you are partial to oversize pushers, the Limited Edition chronograph’s dial pays homage to the 1/5th second stopwatch from 1964 says Seiko.

The numerals at each ten-second mark and the markings stand out prominently against the plain white dial and guarantee the same high level of legibility. The chronograph second hand is gently curved down towards the dial so that the tip of the hand is as close as possible to the dial’s markers and extends to the tachymeter markings at the very edge of the dial, thus ensuring that elapsed time can be read accurately at a glance. The large concave pushers ensure the high operability for which the original stopwatch was renowned.

Inside the watch has the 8R46 Cal movement by the way. It’s a limited edition watch, 1000 pieces with each dial variant and costs 3200 euros retail. Ouch, you can buy a nice GS pre-owned for that, just saying.

BUDGET TIGHT? GO SOLAR

There are four variants all using the Seiko solar cell power unit, with different dial colours. The white one has a little `reversed out’ Rolex Daytona feel there, doesn’t it? Much more affordable at 680 euros.

 

 

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