There is Seiko and then there is Grand Seiko, but how familiar are you with King Seiko?
King Seiko was perceived as Seiko’s luxury brand from 1961 – 1975. Positioned directly below Grand Seiko in terms of pricing and quality, King Seiko was introduced as the brand’s second luxury line in the collection. Although Seiko didn’t pay much attention to this line and resurrected Grand Seiko in 1988, King Seiko has always been alive. Back in 2000 and 2021 we saw the comeback of the line with the two limited edition King Seiko’s the SCVN001 and the SJE083 respectively that made quite an impact. Today, after more than half a century, the King Seiko collection is back with timepieces that showcase the lasting quality of Seiko’s mechanical watchmaking.
The five new watches share a distinctively sharp and angular design that is inspired by the
1965 King Seiko KSK, which was the second series to be created and the one that defined the character of King Seiko. The combination of a flat dial with faceted indexes and broad,
razor-edged hands gives the watch a refined and striking presence. The bold, faceted lugs
have sharp angles and wide flat surfaces that feature both mirror and hairline finishing,
creating a sense of precision. The twelve o’clock index is more than twice the width of the
others and has a patterned texture specially crafted to ensure high legibility and to give the
dial a bright sparkle that invites the eye.
The case is constructed so that, combined with the boxed-shaped sapphire crystal, it gives
each watch has a slim and elegant feel. An anti-reflective coating on the inner surface of the
the crystal delivers high legibility from any angle. The bracelet pays homage to the design of the original King Seiko series and its many beveled surfaces reflect the light in a way that is
dynamic and ever-changing. Powered by Caliber 6R31, the watch delivers a power reserve of 70 hours and is water-resistant to 100 meters.
The five new watches sport the same case but a different dial color. One is in the original silver tone of the 1965 KSK, and versions in lightgray, charcoal gray, brown and red complete the range. The light gray dial has a delicate hairline pattern, while the other four have a beautiful sunray finish that gives the watches a special warmth and depth. Five alternative leather straps specially designed for the new collection will be introduced.
The 1960’s was a decade of unprecedented advances for Seiko, both in terms of technical
development and design creativity. Alongside Grand Seiko, King Seiko has clearly demonstrated Seiko’s ability to create beautifully designed and finished mechanical watches with high accuracy. A powerful yet graceful design that symbolized the high quality of its construction.
The King Seiko Collection
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
Power reserve: 70 hours
Number of jewels: 24 Specifications
Stainless steel case and bracelet Box shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating Screw case back
Water resistance: 10 bar Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €1,700 (INR 1,43,330)