Seiko Turns Back the Clock for Presage Style60's Collection

Featuring watches inspired by Japan’s first chronograph.

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Seiko has dropped a new line of heritage three-hand watches in its Presage collection inspired by Japan’s very first chronograph wristwatch.

Style60’s takes its looks, if not its functionality, from the Crown Chronograph of 1964, a watch created for the Tokyo Olympics of that same year, when Seiko fulfilled official timekeeping duties rather than Omega.

The Crown Chronograph had none of the sub dials we associate with chronographs today, instead featuring a central chronograph seconds hand and a rotating plastic bezel with minute scale that could be adjusted to time events longer than 60 seconds.

Seiko replicates the feel of the Crown Chronograph’s case, Hardlex glass box, bezel, dial layout, faceted hour markers and hands with two new 41mm stainless steel models. The first offers time and date while the second features a 24-hour sub dial and an “open heart” dial window revealing the Seiko 4R39 automatic movement’s balance wheel.

The collection, which has its own dedicated site, drops next in June via Seiko retailers, priced $525 USD for the time and date model and $575 USD for the open heart model.

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