A dial inspired by the Kameido area of Tokyo
At first glance, the gradient dial enchantingly plays with light, but a closer
examination reveals a design inspired by a traditional Japanese geometric pattern known as
Kikkoumon, which is based on the hexagonal shape of the tortoise shell. In Japanese culture,
the tortoise symbolizes longevity and prosperity, and the six-sided chelonian shape is further
associated with samurai armor, as an auspicious pattern signifying strength and victory.
Moreover, the Kikkoumon is a nod to the 1960s origins of King Seiko, which was born at a
facility in the Kameido section of Tokyo, once known as Kameshima, an area bounded by rivers
and streams and known as “Tortoise Island.” The dial pattern has tremendous depth and
texture – each hexagon is in fact series of three inset hexagons, each deeper than the last –
and this depth is further expressed on the entire dial through a gradual darkening from the
center to the edges.
It features the same elegant 37mm case and a seven-link bracelet seen in other King Seiko
watches over the past year. The sharpness and angularity are inspired by the classic 1965 King
Seiko KSK – the second King Seiko series and the one that defined the collection’s character.