Featuring the very best from Seiko, the Presage line are pure breed Automatic watches with more than a little personality. Hailing from the first Seiko watch made in Japan over 100 years ago, the Presage line have the highest attention to detail with the most sublime styling.
Every Presage watch features one of Seiko's tried and trusted mechanical calibres, and is made and constructed in Japan. It is an ideal watch for those who appreciate the fine watchmaking quality of Japan. Below you will see what makes a Presage watch so special.
Diashock is a shock-resistance device. When a watch is subject to shock, as when it is dropped on a hard floor, the component most likely to be damaged is the balance staff, which is the balance wheel’s rotation axis. Even compared to other movement parts, the balance staff is extremely thin, being about the same as a human hair. Protection from shock is therefore crucial and the Seiko solution was to create the Diashock, a device that protects the balance wheel from shock and vibration. The jewel anchoring the balance staff is attached to a hairspring and, when the balance staff is subjected to a strong shock, the elasticity of that hairspring absorbs it.
A Seiko invention in 1959, the Magic Lever greatly increases the winding efficiency of a watch and shortens the time needed for the main spring to become fully wound. This ingenious V-shaped lever allows all the energy generated by the swinging weight’s motion, whether clockwise or anti-clockwise, to be transferred to the main spring. It is effective, simple and durable and contributes significantly to the longevity of the watch. The Magic Lever system has now been adopted by leading watchmakers throughout the world, but Seiko was the first.
Utilized in all our mechanical watches, Spron mainspring and hairspring alloys are exclusive to Seiko watches. Spron features superior elasticity, strength, and is resistant to corrosion and heat. The Spron family of alloys was originally developed jointly with the Metal Materials Laboratory of Tohoku University and, today, the high performance characteristics of Spron have led to its use in a wide range of fields, from electronics to medicine.
Sapphire Crystal with Super Clear Coating
Seiko's proprietary anti-reflective coating, applied on both the front and back of the glass, prevents 99% of light reflection and ensures that the dial is easily readable, even in bright light.
The calibre 8R48, Automatic Chronograph has 311 components including the vertical clutch that is at the heart of all true chronographs, the column wheel that provides superior durability and operability, and the three-pointed hammer, which is Seiko's own stopwatch, return-to-zero mechanism.
Power Reserve Indicator
A power reserve indicator in the centre of the dial, as well as a date indication at the 6 o'clock position.
The tradition of Seiko's craftsmanship continues to thrive, thanks to the skill and passion of the craftsmen and women in whose hands Seiko's mechanical watches are assembled. Notwithstanding the high accuracy of the parts, the exquisite technique of assembly technicians with long experience is required.
Each watch was closely inspected and only released if it passed a rigorous standard. Inspection by eye also plays a key role and only after a vigorous quality appraisal is the watchmaker's task complete.