Seiko Celebrates 140 Years in Ginza With Pair of Cobblestone Limited Editions

Seiko’s 140th Anniversary celebrations continue with a pair of new limited edition watches celebrating the role that Tokyo’s luxury shopping district, Ginza, has played in the brand’s history.

Company founder Kintaro Hattori first opened a shop in Ginza, selling and repairing clocks and watches in 1881. Today the district is still home to a number of Seiko boutiques, the Seiko Museum and the Hattori family’s Wako department store.

The two watches, part of Seiko’s Prospex and Presage ranges, feature dials that take inspiration from Ginza’s cobblestone streets, while the blue-green tone reflects “the contemporary feel of the many modern and architecturally interesting buildings which define Ginza today.”

The Prospex model is based on a Seiko Alpinist watch design from 1959 and uses two different sunray brushing patterns to play with the light, while the second hand is coated with a blue-green shade known as Komparu, named after a street which was once the centre of Ginza’s nightlife.

Powered by a Calibre 6R35 automatic with 70-hour power reserve, the watch also uses a sapphire crystal glass and is water resistant to 200m.

The Presage model takes the form of Seiko’s recent Style60’s collection with the addition of a 24-hour sub dial and a window at the nine o’clock position, revealing the watch’s beating escapement.

Limited editions of 3,500 and 4,000 pieces will drop via Seiko in October, priced €750 (approximately $880 USD) and €590 ($700 USD) respectively.
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