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Hands-On: Seiko Presage Style60s – SRPG03, SRPG05, SRPG07 and SRPG09
Modern Reinterpretation Done Right

Blink once and you might have mistaken this latest Seiko release for an expansion of the Prospex rather than the Presage series. Prospex is known for its focus on the tool watches, robust instruments made to withstand more than most other watches ever could. The Presage collection to me, is always associated with their more elegant design and material choices, as well as their stellar watch dial designs. These new releases all fit in the Presage collection, and after a bit of wrist time, it is easy to see why that is the case.

These watches have a very clear vintage vibe to them, and that is no coincidence of course.The vintage inspiration here comes from Seiko’s CrownCrown The knob on the outside of the watch that you typically use to either wind the mainspring or set the time [Learn More] ChronographChronograph A chronograph complication is a feature in a watch that allows the wearer to measure elapsed time in addition to telling the time. It works by having a separate set of gears and levers, called the chronograph mechanism, which is activated by pressing a button or a pusher. The chronograph mechanism starts and stops the chronograph's second hand, which is usually located on the watch's dial, separate from the regular watch hands. The elapsed time is usually displayed on a sub-dial or a register on the watch's dial. [Learn More] released in 1964. The latest Style60s releases from 2021 have taken some design queues from that release, but clearly these are not chronograph watches. So let’s see below what these are all about.

SRPG03, SRPG05, SRPG07 and SRPG09

All four of these are essentially the same watch, with variations in the colors used for the faces and bezels. I’m partial to the green bezelled SRPG07J1 myself if I may say so. These watches are a comfortable 12mm thick, with a diameter of 40.8mm and a nice lug to lug of 47mm. As a result any of the Style60’s should fit most wrists.

The bezels are there to look mighty fine, they do not rotate. The metallic inserts are matte and you then have the choice to go for the black bezel on a black dial (SRPG09J1), a black bezel on a white dial (SRPG03J1), a green bezel on a black dial (SRPG07J1) or a blue bezel on a blue dial (SRPG05J1).

They all feature characteristic box-shaped HARDLEX glass, faceted indexes, and sharp hand designs. I have to insist here – the hands and indexes look excellent in the metal. The really pop and as a result liven up the dials quite a bit here.

As you might have noticed by now not all watches are released on the same bracelet. The SRPG03J1, the SRPG05J1 and the SRPG07J1 come on a nice steel bracelet with push-button release folding clasps. The SRPG09J1, with its black bezel and black dial comes on a black NATO style strap. Considering both looks, it is safe to say that these watches will be real strap monsters. And that is always a good thing.

Powering these watches is the tried and tested 4R35 with its 41 hour power reserveRéserve de marche Also known as Power Reserve. A watch's power reserve refers to the amount of time a mechanical watch can run without being wound. The power reserve of a mechanical watch can vary depending on the size of the mainspring, the efficiency of the gear train, and the rate at which the mainspring releases energy. If a watch has a Power Reserve 'complication' it simply means that the status of the power reserve can be seen on the watch itself (either on the dial or movement side of the watch). [Learn More], hacking secondsHacking Seconds Hacking seconds is a feature found on some mechanical watch movements which allows the wearer to stop the second hand by pulling out the crown. This allows the wearer to set the watch to a precise time. [Learn More] and Seiko’s Diashock anti-shock system.

One word of mention here, these sit in the Presage collection so do not expect 200m water resistance. Before jumping in the pool with these, note that the water resistance is limited to 5 bar and the crown does not screw down.

SSA423J1, SSA425J1, SSA426J1

If you are looking at something a little bit more elaborate within this general aesthetic you can have a look at the open-heart variations. These have been released alongside the time and date versions.

Due to a partly skeletonizedSkeletonizing A decorative technique that involves removing some of the material from the movement parts to create a see-through effect, often used on the plates and bridges. [Learn More] design at the 9 o’clock position on the dial, the movement’s balance referred to as the “heart” of the movement, is seen in motion when worn. They are powered by the 4R39. Of note is that these are not just the same dials with an open heart design as the standard version. These dials, colors and color schemes do in fact complement the other watches. There is no overlap, and as a result plenty of choice for everyone.

The SRPG03, SRPG05, SRPG07 will be released at EUR540 and the SRPG09 on the strap will come in at EUR490. The SSA423J1, SSA425J1, SSA426J1 will be priced at EUR 590 at release.

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