Seiko marks 110 years of wristwatch-making with slew of modern reissues

It is 110 years since Seiko unveiled its very first wristwatch, the Laurel, in 1913, and to commemorate the anniversary, the Japanese watchmaker has introduced a collection of limited edition timepieces that draw inspiration from the original and its descendants.

Three additions the Seiko Presage collection adopt details from the Laurel.

A Presage Craftsmanship Series watch modernises key attributes of the Laurel including a white enamel dial with a red 12 o’clock hour marker and classically styled blue hands.

It has the same small second sub dial at 6 o’clock and uses the same typeface for hour markers on the two-layered dial.

Unlike the original, it has a power reserve on the dial showing how long the Caliber 6R27 automatic movement has to run.

Recommended retail price is £1,200 for a limited edition of 1,500 pieces.

The Presage family has also been joined by a Sharp Edged Series watch in an angular case. It has a subtle red mark at the 12 o’clock position on the inner ring in honor of the Laurel.

This watch will be available for £990 and is limited to 2,000 pieces.

The third Presage is a Style60’s GMT powered by Seiko’s Caliber 4R34.

It has a multi-ringed design with a 24 hour bezel outside minutes and hours with central hours, minutes and a GMT hand in electric blue with Lumibrite lume.

The limited edition of 3,500 is priced at £580.

For the Prospex line, Seiko has added an Alpinist GMT watch housing a 6R automatic movement with three day power reserve.

There are blued hands and a red mark for north on an internal compass ring, both nods to the Laurel.

Its silver dial with applied markers sits inside a steel 24 hour bezel for the second time zone.

Limited to 3,000 pieces, the Seiko Alpinist GMT is retailing for £1,290.