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In the early 1910s, the Japanese watch manufacturer debuted its first mechanical watch. In continuation of its development, Seiko has launched its automatic caliber in the 1950s, along with its marvel, which is the creation of its shock absorbing system for the movement; known as the "Diashock" system.
Seiko has gone through a decade of refining and developing its mechanical watchmaking skills. These had led to the creation of Seiko's all-mechanical collection; the Presage.
|Seiko Presage Enamel Dial Ref. SARX049 / SPB047|
In the Presage line consist of Seiko’s leading mechanical watch collection at nearly every price point imaginable, like the caliber 4R, 6R and 8R, and today we introduced to you a new model in our collection, the Presage Enamel Roman Automatic Ref. SPB047J1 or known domestically as the SARX049. This is a classic dress watch entirely made in-house by Seiko, and features an impeccable fire-treated enamel dial crafted in the land of the rising sun.
The prevalence of the art and practices of enameling is customary in the heart of Switzerland since the 17th century. Geneva’s timepieces have been highly sought after with different Grand Feu (where enameling is called there) style paintings and portraits on their dials. However, a majority of these unique enamel timepieces are tagged with a high price for consumers, but not anymore.
|Seiko Automatic Movement, 6R15|
Seiko released a set of classic watches with beautiful white enamel dials, that is made under the supervision of Mitsuru Yokozawa, an authentic Japanese craftsman with more than 40 years of experience in producing enamel objects in an intricate and complex process. The SPB047J1 is one of those (along with the SARX051).
The SPB047J1 measures a 40.5mm in diameter with a thickness of 12.4mm, making it very wearable as an everyday watch on any occasion. The dial featured here is a bright white enamel dial, giving the SAPB047J1 a lustrous and flawless look. Seiko brings this concept by no means a random consideration. In fact, it is based on the watch that brings us the Presage line today, which is the 1913 Seiko Laurel, while being the first wristwatch with a white enamel dial.
|Radiant white enamel dial with blued hands|
Further, the hour markers are deep black numerals, painted directly onto its enamel dial surface repeatedly at least 10 times, so to achieve great depth and contrast. One can easily spend hours looking at the watch to admire the intricate details that Seiko has put into this excellent dress watch, withstanding the very close scrutiny, and able to pass with flying colors.
A gentlemen’s mechanical watch like this is an uncanny resemblance to its pedigree “Grand Seiko” cousins. Part of the Presage lineup of dress watches means that this is a step above the Spirit collection(SARB033) in terms of built and finishing. The elegant touch is completed with its black genuine alligator leather with Seiko’s deployant clasp system.
The Seiko Presage Enamel Automatic Presage Ref. SPB047J1 uses the robust 6R15 automatic caliber, with a power reserve of 50 hours and accuracy of -15 to +25 seconds. The movement can be seen through the open display case back.
While Japan is synonymous with longstanding cultural history. Valuing their tradition till today, in terms of design and manufacturing values. The Presage Enamel Roman Ref. SPB047J1 is an every day, elegant dress watch that is reasonable priced. It showcases Seiko's ability to combine their manufacturing capabilities with Japan's own everlasting culture. This beauty from the Presage collection has offered authentic traditional craftsmanship, in this case, in the form of a white enamel dial fired by true Japanese enameler, pairing with Seiko’s reliable automatic in-house movement.