Earlier this yr Seiko introduced again the King Seiko designation for a brand new stand-alone assortment, following an outstanding restricted version offered in 2020. This new Seiko King Seiko line kicked off with 5 completely different references, all constructed across the identical design codes. With dials starting from silver to black and even deep burgundy purple, it was a really welcome and charismatic launch. Now, a number of months on, Seiko introduces a extra funky tackle the King Seiko recipe. Right here’s our hands-on introduction to the Seiko King Seiko SPB291.
We gained’t go into particulars on how King Seiko got here to life within the Sixties and was one finish of an inside rivalry with Grand Seiko. Many years later, the hatchet stays buried however the King Seiko title was revived with the King Seiko KSK SJE083. Two extra years later and Seiko relaunched it as a full assortment, which now welcomes a brand new member to the household.
The outside hasn’t modified one bit, as this launch focuses on the dial as a substitute. So we nonetheless have that compact 37mm vast and 12.1mm tall chrome steel case with faceted lugs and a bevelled bezel. It will get its dashing classic appears to be like from the 1965 King Seiko KSK, which was additionally the inspiration behind the SJE083. A boxed sapphire crystal covers the dial, whereas a strong caseback with a King Seiko emblem hides the mechanical motion.
Seiko has proven large ability in the usage of colors and textures, and this new King Seiko SPB291 reaffirms that after extra. The dial takes inspiration from the Kameido Tenjin Shrine in Tokyo, near the place King Seiko first noticed the sunshine of day. The Kameido Tenjin Shrine is fabled for the wisteria gardens, with purple blossoms in spring. The sunray-brushed dial will get a contact of the identical color purple, with a slight gradient impact. Mixed with faceted indices and fingers (the 12 o’clock index is double the width and textured), it ends in a cool and contemporary look.
The Seiko King Seiko SPB291 makes use of the comparatively trendy automated Seiko Calibre 6R31. It makes use of the identical primary building because the 6R35 however lacks the date indication. And that’s maybe probably the greatest issues about this new assortment, as the unique King Seiko it’s modelled after additionally was a time-only watch. They may have simply chosen to incorporate a date indication, however fortuitously, they haven’t. The motion runs at a frequency of 21,600vph and delivers a greater than respectable 70 hours of energy reserve.
The brand new Seiko King Seiko SPB291 comes on the identical seven-link bracelet because the earlier editions, with the bonus of a lightweight gray leather-based strap with purple stitching. It will likely be obtainable as a boutique unique version from July 2022 and retails for EUR 1,850.
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