The 1960s was a decade of important advances for Seiko – in both technical and design development. No other period in the manufacturer’s history had been characterised by so much creativity and achievement. Among other things, here blossomed the first Grand Seiko into an automatic chronograph in just eight years and in addition to the Grand Seiko, one other series in particular demonstrated the company’s ability to create mechanical watches with high accuracy. It was called King Seiko, and in addition to its precision, it offered a powerful yet graceful design.
2021 marks the 140th anniversary of Seiko’s foundation and Seiko releases a re-creation of the second series of King Seiko, known as the King Seiko KSK to celebrate this birthday. First introduced in 1965, it featured strikingly sharp and angular contours, creating a very contemporary feel. Its flat surfaces and multi-faceted corners caught the light from any angle and gave the watch a new and striking brilliance. With its water resistance and hacking seconds hand, it offered a high level of practicality which, together with its distinctive design, soon made the KSK a much-demanded watch.
The new re-creation brings the 1965 KSK back to life in every detail. The combination of the flat dial with the faceted indexes and broad, sharp hands re-creates the refined elegance of the original. The sharp, bold faceted lugs feature large flat planes and razor sharp angles and are polished to a mirror finish.
The stainless steel case measures 38.1 mm in diameter and 11.4 mm in height and is water-resistant to 5 atm.
Just as its predecessor, the index at 12 o’clock has a bright sparkle thanks to the way it is intricately faceted. The rest of the dial is downright spectacularly understated.
While the re-creation is faithful in every aspect to the original design, it is completely up-to date in terms of technology, function and form. Even with an automatic movement and the addition of a date window, the new King Seiko remains its slim profile thanks to the thinness of the Caliber 6L35. It is an automatic movement which operates at a frequency of 4 Hz and offers a power reserve of at least 45 hours.
Seiko delivers the new King Seiko KSK with a black crocodile leather strap. This is a limited edition with consists of only 3.000 pieces.