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Unveiling Seiko’s Centennial Splendor: SRQ047 and SRQ049 Mechanical Chronographs

The SRQ047 draws inspiration from Seiko's iconic ref. 6138-8020 of 1972, showcasing a distinctive aesthetic that pays homage to the brand's heritage....

Seiko continues to captivate enthusiasts with its latest offerings, the SRQ047 and SRQ049 Mechanical Chronographs. In a nod to the company’s 100th anniversary, these timepieces blend vintage charm with cutting-edge technology.

The SRQ047 draws inspiration from Seiko’s iconic ref. 6138-8020 of 1972, showcasing a distinctive aesthetic that pays homage to the brand’s heritage. While the case and bracelet design take a new direction, the vertically brushed stone white or silver dial, adorned with blue counters, a tachymeter scale, and an orange-tipped central chronograph seconds hand, exude the spirit of the ’70s.

SRQ047 | All images credited to Seiko

Diving into the details, the stepped blue counters at 9′ and 6′ feature orange-tipped hands, providing a visual cue for the elapsed minutes and hours. The small seconds hand at 3′, along with the central hours and minutes hands, boasts white LumiBrite fillings for a luminous touch.

the SRQ049 Limited Edition takes the celebration a step further. While maintaining the signature blue tachymeter scale and orange accents, the dial flaunts a captivating inversion, presenting a blue-grey canvas complemented by silver counters. The meticulous craftsmanship extends to a color-matched date window at the 4:30 position, adding a touch of sophistication.

DRQ049

Both models boast a stainless steel case and bracelet with a super-hard coating, embodying sporty dimensions at 42mm in diameter and 14.6mm in thickness. The limited edition SRQ049 goes the extra mile, offering an additional leather strap for those seeking versatility in style. With a price tag reflecting Seiko’s premium positioning, these 100-meter water-resistant chronographs house the in-house automatic 8R48 column-wheel chronograph movement, ensuring a robust blend of technology and tradition.

As the calendar turns to December 2023, Seiko enthusiasts can anticipate the arrival of these horological marvels. The SRQ047, a regular production model, stands poised to grace Seiko Boutiques and select retail stores worldwide. Meanwhile, the SRQ049 Limited Edition, a collector’s dream limited to 1,000 pieces, beckons those with a penchant for exclusivity. The price points, set at A$3,900 for the SRQ047 and A$4,200 for the SRQ049 Limited Edition.

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