While I’m not one to usually find myself swooning over a new dress watch, I have to call out a nice release when I see it. The same thing happened when Grand Seiko announced the new SBGX355drool. But now we’re seeing something cool in a lower price tier from Seiko: the new Seiko Presage Classic series. I usually ignore the Presage collection outright (all that comes to mind are the Cocktail Time watches, which I can’t stand). However, with these new Presage models, we see an interesting incorporation of Japanese culture into the design, and I can get behind it.

The new Seiko Presage Classic series includes references SPB463, SPB465, and SPB467, which feature a three-hand look with a date. We also get open-heart models: SPB469 and SPB471. For the three-handers, Seiko draws inspiration from the opulent texture of Japanese silk, crafting a dial that’s as luxurious as it is refined. And for the open-heart models? They take things up a notch, sporting a mesmerizing radial pattern that pays homage to the raw allure of silk in a whole new light. Additionally, the cases and bracelets have been updated from what we’ve seen in previous presage models.

Inside the three-hand models is the Seiko caliber 6R55 automatic with 72 hours of power reserve. With the open-heart versions, we get the 6R5J. I’m assuming the movement architecture is mostly the same and the variance just accounts for the open-heart configuration. Apparently, you also get 100m of water-resistance on these, which leans more into sports watch territory. I’m not complaining, since I probably wouldn’t wear any of these as a dress watch anyway. The size, water resistance, and inclusion of a sapphire crystal make these feel more like casual everyday-wear models on the bracelet.

Seiko Presage Classic Series Specifications

Case Size40.2mm (diameter) 46mm (lug-to-lug) 13mm (thickness)
Water Resistance100m
MovementSeiko 6R55 & 6R5J
Case MaterialStainless steel
Bracelet7-link with folding butterfly clasp
Lug Width20mm
Price€1,050 – €1,230

Seiko has also opted for a captivating curved dial design, a subtle choice that sets these watches apart. But here’s where it gets interesting. The applied markers have been meticulously crafted to follow the same graceful curve as the dial itself. I think this ends up elevating the visual appeal of the watches, leaving a lasting impression on the discerning eye.

You can learn more about the new Seiko Presage Classic Series on the brand’s official site. They’ll be available starting June 2024.


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