I have to admit, that I missed Seiko’s announcement on their new Presage collection during Baselworld 2017’s noise. And that’s really a shame because new Cocktail Times look really great. They represent everything that’s great about Seiko: original design, great build quality and affordable price point. It’s worth noting, that Seiko Presage collection was not available globally until 2016 when Seiko announced it on Baselworld. Since then, Cocktail Time become an instant success and no one should be surprised that this year we are going to see more models.
This year’s collection has has been split into two main ranges: three-handers with date function and four-handers with power reserve and date subdial. In the first category there are 4 models: SRPB41, SRPB43, SRPB44, SRPB46, and second group consists of: SSA341, SSA343, SSA345, SSA346.
Both groups share the same 40,5 mm stainless steel case. However, SSA models will have a thicker case at 14,5 mm (11,8 mm for SRPB models) because they use slightly different movements. All watches are water resistant up to 5 ATM and are fitted with Hardlex crystal. I’m usually a big fan of hardlex crystal on Seiko diver’s watches due to its increased shatter resistance; however, on a casual / dress watch I would much rather see a sapphire for better scratch protection. While it’s not a deal breaker by any means, I think Seiko made a mistake here, especially given the fact that these watches are priced at around 500 euro.
There are different dial color options for dials and cases. While most models are available in stainless steel, there are two models which comes in rose gold PVD and one with regular gold PVD. Dial colors ranges for champagne to light blue, blue, brown and graphite. Depending on the model you choose, your watch will come on either leather strap or a stainless steel bracelet.
SRPB Three-handers are powered by a trusty 4R35 automatic movement, which ticks at 21,600 vibrations per hour. It’s a well known movement used for variety of different entry level watches both made by Seiko and various microbrands alike. More interestingly, SSA series uses a modified movement called 4R57. Its construction is based on regular 4R35, so it has similar features such as 21,600 VPH or 40 hours of power reserve. What is different; however, is the addition of two complications: power reserve indicator and date subdial at 6 o’clock. This certainly gives a unique look to the watch and can be great selling point for the customers.
The model that really got my attention is Seiko SSA343. I really love the light blue dial with a guilloche pattern. The power reserve complication and its execution add a lot of character to the watch. Date subdial is also something that is commonly seen on Seiko watches. All these features make it a great casual watch that I would be more than happy to wear in office or a small party.
All the watches from the Presage Collection will be available in June 2017. SSA series is priced at 540 Euro, while SRPB models are priced at 410 Euro.