The unique dial of this watch was created through a form of traditional Japanese craftsmanship: Urushi lacquering, where layer upon layer of lacquer is applied by hand to give the dial its depth. Urushi is a natural lacquer obtained from the sap of the Japanese lacquer tree. The lacquer is painted onto the dials by master craftspeople and polished by hand several times, in order to obtain this deep, silky colour often found in art and design objects.
Seiko watchmakers often draw inspiration from their local history, culture and surroundings – the Presage Craftsmanship Series celebrates the Japanese ‘Takumi’ – timepieces which are individually handcrafted by master artisans combining Seiko’s latest watchmaking techniques with centuries of traditional artistry.
In this new design, the Urushi dial of this piece has a clear layout with a classic case style, whilst its muti-row bracelet fits comfortably on the wrist.
This watch is powered by the new in-house built Seiko 6R55 calibre with an extended three-day power reserve.
Seiko Presage: Timeless looks, precise mechanical timekeeping; minimalistic watch designs with a distinctly Japanese aesthetic.
- Caliber 6R55
- Automatic with manual winding capacity
- Accuracy: +25 to -15 seconds per day
- Duration: Approx. 72 hours(3 days)
- 24 jewels
- Stop second hand function
- Stainless steel (super hard coating)
- Thickness: 11.6㎜, Diameter: 40.2㎜, Length: 48.0㎜
- Dual-curved sapphire crystal
- Anti-reflective coating on inner surface
- Lumibrite on hands and index(es)
- Three-fold clasp with push button release
- Water Resistant: 10 bar
- Urushi lacquer dial
- See-through & Screw case back
This creation is a deep black urushi lacquer dial created by lacquer master Isshu Tamura and his team, who practice a centuries-old art – one older than watchmaking itself – to craft urushi lacquer that gains in strength as the years pass.
This creation features a recently updated case design with refined angles and an elegant sense of proportion conceived to highlight the craft in each dial. Powered by one of Seiko’s latest in-house movements, Caliber 6R55, each watch has a power reserve extending to a full 72 hours, allowing wearers to remove their watch on Friday afternoon and return to it Monday morning without having to reset the time. This marks the first time that this three-day movement has appeared in the Presage Craftsmanship Series.
With the dual-curved sapphire crystal, the watch has a slimmer appearance on the wrist than many previous creations in the series. This creation comes on a handsome five-link stainless steel bracelet with super-hard coating.
Lacquer Artist: Isshu Tamura
Born in 1957, Isshu Tamura trained in the traditional Kaga Maki-e gold lacquer technique of Kanazawa. After honing his skills in the technique, Mr. Tamura set out to produce unparalleled original works of art. He has executed his technique in Kaga Maki-e not only in lacquerware, but also in the creation of luxury fountain pens and wristwatches which have received worldwide acclaim for their elaborate detail and fine beauty.