Seik0 has unveiled a new Presage reference with a brand new movement and a much slimmer profile. The limited edition reference SJE073 was first unveiled at Baselworld earlier in March and is another example of how Seiko’s pushing its premium mechanical line – hitherto limited to just the domestic market – to a more international audience now.
The big news is the presence of a brand new movement. The new 6L35 caliber is a thinner and a more accurate update to the brand’s previous 6R15 that had previously equipped various Prospex models. The new movement is 1.3 mm slimmer than the 6R15 at 3.7 mm. This caliber can be found in three new watches this year and will surely be followed by even more soon enough.
The 40.7-mm-wide stainless steel case has a new construction. The movement is inserted from the front of the case, thus allowing the thinness of the case to be accentuated by angling the sides inwards. This construction requires that the bezel is removed when the watch is opened for servicing so, to ensure the watch’s durability, the bezel is screwed down and covered with a secondary bezel to preserve the perfect lines of the case. The 9.8-mm thin case is polished using Seiko’s Zaratsu technique and is protected by a super-hard coating. The sapphire crystal has a clear coating to ensure high legibility in all conditions.
The silver dial has a delicate textured pattern and feels very Grand Seiko-ish. Applied facetted baton indexes mark the hours and a 1/4th of a second track in blue is printed on the inner flange of the dial. Facetted sword-shaped hands indicate time and the seconds hand is in blue tempered steel.
The watch is paired with a stainless steel bracelet with the same super hard coating treatment that’s used on the case. The three-link bracelet is matte-finished except for the polished accents on the central links.
On the wrist, the watch feels comfortable thanks to the slim profile of the case. Presage, for those of you who haven’t discovered it yet, is a great example of affordable fine watchmaking from Seiko. This particular reference is limited to 1,881 pieces (a reference to the year of Seiko’s founding) and is priced at $2,200.