The history of Seiko began in 1881 when Kintaro Hattori opened a shop in Ginza to repair and sell timepieces. In 1913, his company produced Japan’s first wristwatch, the Laurel, and many achievements that have advanced the art of watchmaking followed, including the original King Seiko of 1961. In 2023, Seiko will celebrate the 110th anniversary of its first wristwatch with the release of a series of commemorative timepieces including a new King Seiko.
The Kameido district of Tokyo is the birthplace of King Seiko. Once it was called "Turtle Island" because its shape resembled the shell of a turtle, a popular animal in Japanese culture associated with longevity. King Seiko’s origins have inspired a new dial pattern with a textured turtle shell motif. The dark brown gradation of the dial harmonizes beautifully with the turtle shell pattern.
The case, combined with the boxed-shaped sapphire crystal, gives the watch a slim and elegant feel. An anti-reflective coating on the inner surface of the crystal delivers high legibility from any angle.
The bold, faceted lugs have sharp angles and wide flat surfaces that feature both mirror and hairline finishing, creating a sense of precision. The 12 o’clock index is more than twice the width of the others and has a patterned texture specially crafted to ensure high legibility and to give the dial a bright sparkle that invites the eye.
The words “Limited Edition” and the individual number are inscribed on the screw case back.*
* In the actual product, the case back direction may vary from the photographed version.
In addition to a vintage-inspired seven-link stainless steel bracelet, the watch comes with a leather strap manufactured by a tannery certified by the Leather Working Group. For ease of use, the strap can be secured with a three-fold clasp marked "KING SEIKO.”
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