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Seiko Presage Arita Porcelain SPB293J1 & SPB319J1

For some years now – as of 2016, with the presentation of the Enamel and Urushi Chronographs – Seiko, via its Presage assortment, has been concerned in Japanese métiers d’artwork, beneath the so-called Craftsmanship collection. With a give attention to high-end, hand-made dials in enamel, lacquer, guilloche or porcelain, the Japanese model tends to connect with its roots and to the situation the place these watches are manufactured. One of the vital recurring themes is Arita Porcelain, which we’ve seen on a number of events since its introduction in 2019. Following the restricted version Blue Porcelain SPB267J1 we launched earlier this yr, Seiko now comes again with two time-only watches a part of the common assortment, the brand new Presage Arita Porcelain SPB293J1 and SPB319J1. 


As we defined already when speaking in regards to the earlier editions with such porcelain dials, Arita porcelain is an historic Japanese craft, named after a small city positioned on the Japanese island of Kyushu. In the direction of the tip of the sixteenth century, porcelain clay was discovered within the neighborhood remodeling the realm right into a hub for Japanese porcelain. Early wares used underglaze blue ornament, however by the mid-Seventeenth century, Arita was on the forefront as Japan developed overglaze “enamelled” ornament in a variety of shiny colors.

Edo-Interval Japanese Arita Porcelain – Photograph by the Met Museum

It wasn’t lengthy earlier than the porcelain merchandise made in Arita turned prized throughout Japan for the prime quality of their artistry. By the nineteenth century, it was being exported all around the globe, dispatched by sea from Arita’s port of Imari. Though porcelain can be made elsewhere, porcelain made in Arita is uniquely Japanese, and so it appears becoming that Seiko has chosen to make use of this materials for the dials of its new Presage watches.

The brand new Presage Arita Porcelain watches

The 2 watches we’re taking a look at at present are evolutions of earlier fashions corresponding to the SPB093J1 – the primary of its sort for Seiko – or the SPB171J1 with its milky-white dial and blued accent. In addition they proceed the theme seen earlier this yr with the blue-toned restricted version SPB267J1. However there are a couple of vital issues to say in regards to the SPB293J1 and SPB319J1 that Seiko presents at present. To start with, as you’ve seen, most earlier Arita porcelain watches had a particular show with energy reserve and date-by-hand (excluding the SPB095 launched in 2019, which was a time-and-date). Additionally, many earlier variations have been launched as restricted editions. Effectively, these traits aren’t a part of the brand new fashions anymore.

Seiko Presage Arita Porcelain Dial SPB293J1

Each new watches of the Seiko Presage Arita Porcelain assortment are sharing the identical case, the identical general design, the identical method for the dial, the identical motion and solely differ in terms of the strap/bracelet and the dial color. Additionally, no confusion potential when taking a look at them, they’re actually a part of the Presage assortment, with the signature fashion of this line. As such, we discover the identical stainless-steel case as earlier than, with a 40.5mm diameter, a thickness (that we’d prefer to see diminished a bit, for the sake of magnificence) of 12.4mm and a L2L of 48.8mm.

Seiko Presage Arita Porcelain Dial SPB293J1

The form is basic, with slim polished bezel, brushed twisted lugs with an inside polished bevel and an general restrained magnificence. The watches nonetheless characteristic the standard conical crown and are topped by a dual-curved sapphire crystal with AR coating inside. The caseback is screwed and includes a see-through window. Surprisingly, regardless of being elegant (virtually dressy) watches, these new Seiko Presage Arita Porcelain are waterproof to 100 metres.

Seiko Presage Arita Porcelain Dial SPB319J1

As at all times, the pièce de résistance with such Presage watches is the dial. Crafted beneath the supervision of Arita porcelain craftsman Hiroyuki Hashiguchi, they’re executed within the conventional approach by specialised artisans. An Arita porcelain dial is fabricated from extremely sturdy porcelain materials that’s greater than 4 instances more durable than ordinary porcelain. It undergoes a casting course of utilizing ultra-high-precision molds, and is fired at a excessive temperature of 1,300 levels. The dials are then glazed and fired a number of instances to finish the extremely difficult course of – not removed from a basic enamel course of.

The dials of those new SPB293J1 and SPB319J1 are easy, clear, conventional but additionally present nice consideration to element. To start with, they aren’t flat however are roughly 1mm in top and curve downwards from the indexes to the dial centre to create a delicate kind with depth. Then, we’re right here speaking about elegant time-only watches, with out a date window to break the sleekness of the design. Each fashions have elongated, blue-toned Roman numerals and blued leaf-shaped palms. The principle distinction comes from the color. The SPB293J1 includes a conventional milky white dial, whereas the SPB319J1 is barely extra daring, with its gentle blue color – which was first unveiled on the SPB267J1 and that recreates the faint lapis lazuli colors created by a conventional dyeing method referred to as ruri zome.

Seiko Presage Arita Porcelain Dial SPB319J1

One other distinction between these two fashions is about how the watches are secured to the wrist. The white SPB293J1 is worn on a 3-link metal bracelet with folding clasp whereas the blue SPB319J1 is worn on a black leather-based strap with blue stitchings and a folding clasp.

Contained in the case of each Presage Arita Porcelain fashions is the well-known calibre 6R31. A comparatively fashionable engine from the mid-range assortment, this automated motion beats at 3Hz and affords a snug 70h energy reserve. It’s calmly embellished with brushed bridges and stripes on the rotor.

Seiko Presage Arita Porcelain Dial SPB319J1

Availability & value

The brand new Seiko Presage Arita Porcelain SPB293J1 and SPB319J1 can be out there from the everlasting assortment as of June 2022. Each can be priced at EUR 1,750. For extra particulars, please go to