Every once in a while, Seiko nails it. Even though we’ve been critical of their releases and pricing in recent years, a few gems still manage to sneak by. Much like the Navigator Timer I wrote about recently, this new Seiko Presage SPB411 stopped me in my tracks and the more I dug into it, the more I found myself mesmerized by its history and modern-day relevance. Inspired by the very first Seiko-branded wristwatch, the Seiko SPB441 makes for one of the more attractive limited-edition offerings from the brand this year.

The SPB441 makes a statement with its modest 35mm size and dumps the old wire lugs for something more solid. At a glance, it’s a throwback to the 1924 classic—white enamel dial and elegant numerals. But look closer and you’ll spot the updates, like Seiko’s original font making a comeback. Together with the blued hands, it’s something even I can get behind as someone that doesn’t usually go for these dressy-type watches.

There’s a new twist with four hands instead of three, adding a central second hand and a 24-hour sub-dial to differentiate day and night. Sure, it strays from the 1924 design, but it’s a closer match than last year’s SPB359. Credit goes to Seiko’s new automatic movement making these tweaks possible.

The SPB441’s movement is the 6R5H, a cousin to the 6R51 and 6R55, but with a 24-hour sub-dial instead of a date function. It’s a steady performer with a 72-hour power reserve, running at 21,600vph, and it has a decent accuracy range. And honestly, I think this is fine without a date function. So clean.

This watch is built to last with a 12.3mm stainless steel case, water-resistant up to 5 ATM. It sports a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, and Seiko’s “S” logo on the crown and case back. There’s even a nod to Seiko’s founder with his motto engraved on the back. The black leather strap keeps it vintage.

Priced at $1,900, just a bit more than last year’s anniversary model, it’s a fair deal for a limited edition. With only 1,000 pieces available, it’s a race to grab one. It comes in a classic box with a Seiko pin badge, hitting the shelves in January 2024. Check Seiko’s website for more.


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