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The Seiko Presage 60th Anniversary Chronograph

Posted by Takeshi Amano on

Way back in 1956, Seiko the Japanese watch maker made history by making their first automatic watch. 13 years later in 1969, they made their first automatic chronograph. Of course these were not their first inventions for since the turn of the 20th century they had been making various inventions time after time. In 2016 as a tribute to all the great timepieces they have made since the early 1900s, they unveiled the Seiko Presage 60th Anniversary Chronograph watches in Baselworld 2016. The watches unveiled were two; the automatic chronograph white dial ref. SRQ019 and the black automatic chronograph dial ref. SRQ021.

Both these watches have features and techniques that resemble those of their earlier predecessors. The dial color of these two watches is different but their prices are the same. The SRQ019 has the white dial color and between the two is considered as the most significant historically. This is because the original Seiko watches made over a hundred years ago which were sold under the brand name laurel had white dials. The white dial in the SRQ019 has some interesting contours which you will not find in the black dialed version of the SRQ021. Enamel is what has been used in making the white dial.

Mr. Mitsuru Yokozawa is the person who has been assigned the responsibility of crafting both dials of the SRQ019 and SRQ021. In the SRQ021, the black dial is actually a deep purple reddish color that you’ll come to realize as been a conservative Japanese urushi lacquer. This urushi lacquer is made from a Japanese plant and is hand applied to the dial by only people who are considered to be master craftsmen. Urushi lacquer is known to get stronger and harder as time passes and has longevity that is unparalleled. There are many more interesting features worth taking a look at in both watches that make up the Seiko Presage 60th Anniversary Chronograph.