Seiko* has just announced the latest addition to their growing Presage collection, the Seiko Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition. Over the past year or so, Seiko has been pushing to bring the Presage collection centerstage by introducing new models available in North America to complement the more popular JDM models. This, of course, makes things terribly difficult for watch collectors (like myself) that just can’t seem to settle on a nice dressy piece. It’s true that people should be paying more attention to the Presage line-up and a release like this just might be enough to turn some more heads.
Perhaps the most notable feature here is the enamel dial, which has been finished in a deep midnight blue reminiscent of the night sky. Amazingly, each of these fired enamel dials have been crafted by a single artisan, Mitsuru Yokozawa, who has been instrumental in managing the process of creating these dials in large, reliable quantities. I sill can’t believe how easy Seiko makes it to own a watch with a decently finished enamel dial. Other features include beautifully executed Roman numerals and a gold powder-coated crescent counterweight for contrast against the blue enamel dial.
Case diameter, thankfully, is kept to just 40.5mm with a 12mm case thickness. A lovely matte blue crocodile strap complements the whole package but will probably prove difficult to pull off with casual attire. I’d swap it out, since I find it pretty hard to get on board with colored leather. Inside is Seiko’s in house 6R15D, which operates at 21,600bph and offers cool features like hacking and hand-winding. You really can’t ask for more. To tie it all together, the sapphire display caseback even has a gold crescent accent applied to it, which is just a cool way to wrap up the entire aesthetic theme of the watch.
Limited to 1,500 pieces, the Seiko Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition will retail for $1,100 and come with a cool premium wooden Seiko box. If there’s anything that has kept me from jumping on something like Seiko’s popular SARB035, it’s watches from the Presage collection and as far as I can tell, they just keep getting better. Be sure to learn more at the official Presage website and let us know what you think! seiko-presage.com
Michael Peñate is an American writer, photographer, and podcaster based in Seattle, Washington. His work typically focuses on the passage of time and the tools we use to connect with that very journey. From aviation to music and travel, his interests span a multitude of disciplines that often intersect with the world of watches – and the obsessive culture behind collecting them.