Seiko celebrated two important anniversaries this year. They are:
- 100th Years of Watchmaking
- Seiko 5 50th Anniversary
I have featured quite a number of “100 years” commemorative models on this blog. This time round I had the opportunity to look at a Seiko 5 50th Anniversary commemorative model – SRP409J.
Three commemorative models were released for its 50th anniversary and each model pays homage to a different aspect of the Seiko 5 story. This model for example pays tribute to the original spirit.
The following text are extracted from Seiko’s website.
A half century has passed since Sportsmatic 5, the first “5,” was released in 1963.
This new watch is a tribute to the first ever Sportsmatic 5. Curved glass, a calendar frame and other distinctive features express the spirit of 1963 and pay homage to the simple design of the very first creation.
Respect, however, does not mean mere imitation. The dial design reflects the image of a compass, the ultimate symbol of man’s desire to understand and explore the globe, and it pays subtle tribute to the pioneering spirit of Seiko 5 Sports.
The other two models pay homage to the tradition of Seiko 5 design and to global thinking respectively.
The watch has a distinctive red ’5′ on the second hand and a uniquely shaped frame on the day/date window. I don’t remember seeing this red ’5′ on any vintage Seiko watches but I have seen similar frames on several old Seiko’s.
Another unique feature of this watch is the Seiko 5 logo on the crown.
The crystal is slightly curved. Don’t think it is sapphire since it is not mentioned on the caseback and hangtag.
Below are some pictures of the see-through caseback and bracelet. These are standard features of modern Seiko 5 watches.
Diameter: 42mm excluding crown
Lug width: 22mm
Seiko 5 SRP409J featured in this post is provided by:
K2 Watch Company
845 Geylang Road, Tanjong Katong Complex, #03-K1
Tel: 6746 0270