1969 was a productive year for the watch business. We could discuss the Moon Landing or the presentation of a few notable watches. Be that as it may, with regards to development and unadulterated watchmaking, 1969 ought to be recalled chiefly for the presentation of the first automatic chronograph developments. Among them were the El Primero and the Chronomatic/Caliber 11, yet a third production additionally went ahead the market with this technology… Seiko . To commemorate this significant achievement in the brand’s history, here’s the Seiko Prospex Automatic Chronograph 50th Anniversary Limited Edition SRQ029.
The new 50th Anniversary Limited Edition SRQ029 is essential for a sub-assortment comprising two watches, the other one praising the 55th anniversary of Japan and Seiko’s first chronograph, as demonstrated beneath (and furthermore audited on MONOCHROME).
Seiko’s First Automatic Chronograph, Caliber 6139
Whether it is for the idea of expert jump watches and its effect on the ISO 6425 principles, or for chronographs, Seiko’s commitment to advancement in watchmaking is unquestionable. Seiko was essential for the three produces/joint-adventures that, incidentally, dispatched the first automatic chronograph development, back in 1969.
Three makes, three unique dreams. First was Zenith with the El Primero, a high-recurrence however customary flat grasp, coordinated development with a focal rotor. Second was the joint endeavor Heuer/Hamilton/Breiling adventure, related with Buren for the base development and Dubois-Depraz for the chronograph, with a particular development named Caliber 11 or Chronomatic, with miniature rotor automatic base and chronograph plate on the backside.
Seiko’s vision was more present day, practical and focussed on industrialisation. In 1969, the Japanese brand dispatched the type 6139,
Other determinations incorporated a 3Hz recurrence, a distance across of 27.4mm and a tallness of 6.5mm, a midway mounted automatic rotor, with Seiko’s imaginative Magic Lever, a tick winding framework and a 36-hour power save (when the chronograph is working). It was later
To dispatch this development, Seiko presented a few watches, which incorporated a day-date complication however just a 30-minute sub-counter. Later came the Panda chronograph, an energetic, intentionally present day watch with a regular pad/protective cap molded case, steel arm band and space-like plan. The dial highlighted two vertically adjusted sub-counters – 30-moment and 12-hour – in dark over a gleaming white brushed dial, which means it was outfitted with the type 6138. This is the watch that fills in as a motivation for today’s commemorative Prospex Limited Edition SRQ029.
The new Seiko Prospex Automatic Chronograph 50th Anniversary SRQ029
Today, Seiko dispatches the Prospex Automatic Chronograph 50th Anniversary Limited Edition SRQ029, a watch intended to commend the 50th anniversary of the brand’s first automatic chronograph. Clearly, it no longer highlights the type 6139/6138 however an advanced in-house type all things considered. In any case, the plan of this SRQ029 unmistakably honors the early automatic chronographs of the last part of the 1960s/mid 1970s. All things considered, this isn’t a duplicate however more an advanced reinterpretation.
The new Prospex Automatic Chronograph 50th Anniversary is a formed watch, with incorporated drags and vigorous plan. It is made of hardened steel case with super-hard covering, as you can anticipate from Seiko, and its surfaces are rotating brushed regions and brilliant, cleaned highlights and casebands – with the celebrated and eminent
The case has some presence on the wrist and feels unshakable – its 16mm stature adds to this inclination. All things considered, Seiko has picked a moderately sensible measurement of 41mm. The Prospex Automatic Chronograph SRQ029 is topped by an exceptionally domed sapphire precious stone, giving this watch a vintage look yet in addition an extraordinary allure. The case is water-impervious to 100m and the SRQ029 is conveyed on a three-interface steel arm band with a three-overlap fasten and press button discharge. Generally, the nature of the execution isn’t a long way from Grand Seiko models.
The dial obviously summons early Seiko’s chronographs yet has been refreshed with the cutting edge mechanics inside the watch, with a 3-compax design rather than the two vertically adjusted sub-counters. This Prospex Automatic Chronograph SRQ029 has a silver-panda dial, with a shiny white
The dial of this SRQ029 has extraordinary differentiation and is effectively decipherable, because of darkened hands, applied hour files and white-on-dark or dark on-white markers. A date is situated at 4h30, in a roundabout window.
To power this Seiko Prospex Automatic Chronograph 50th Anniversary Limited Edition SRQ029, the brand depends on its notable type 8R48, a development we’ve as of now found in the Seiko Presage Enamel Chronograph . This development, dispatched in 2014, is Seiko’s very good quality coordinated chronograph type (not talking GS, obviously), with a 4Hz recurrence, a architecture,
Availability and Price
The Seiko Prospex Automatic Chronograph 50th Anniversary Limited Edition SRQ029 will be created in 1,000 pieces, accessible from December 2019 at Seiko Boutiques and chose retailers worldwide. Recommended retail cost in Europe is EUR 3,700. More subtleties at seikowatches.com .