Seiko is perhaps best known for its wristwatches, all of which were at one time produced entirely in-house. This includes not only major items such as micro gears, motors, hands, crystal oscillators, batteries, sensors, LCDs but also minor items such as the oils used in lubricating the watches and the luminous compounds used on the hands and the dials. Seiko watches were originally produced by two different subsidiaries. One was Daini Seikosha Co.,(now known as Seiko Instruments Inc.), and the other was Suwa Seikosha Co.(now known as Seiko Epson Corporation).
In 1968, Seiko 5 Sports was born. It was created for the ever-growing number of men and women who wanted a watch they could trust as they played sports. In addition to the fundamental values of Seiko 5, Seiko 5 Sports offered enhanced water resistance, a strengthened crystal and luminous hands and hour markers. Throughout the next decades, Seiko 5 Sports found great international favor as a ‘’go-anywhere’’ watch that offered a unique look and extraordinary value. In particular, the collection became synonymous among younger watch lovers with the many designs that had dials in vivid colors that shocked and delighted in equal measure.
The Seiko 5 is not a single watch, rather a standard that many Seiko model series of mechanical watches meet since the introduction of the moniker in the 1960’s.
Seiko have made many different models of “5” standard watch, including large, small, divers, steel / leather / synthetic strap, transparent or sterile case-back and many other variations.
The new Seiko 5 Sports (2019) draws its inspiration from the five decades of Seiko 5 Sports’ success and its design is based on one of Seiko’s most loved sports watches. Every creation in the new collection shares an updated version of this celebrated case and all have the same arrow shaped minute hands, distinctive hour markers and one-way rotating bezel. The movements are all Seiko’s tried and trusted automatic Caliber 4R36, with 24 jewels, optional manual-winding, a 41 hour power reserve and a hacking second hand.
There are no fewer than 27 different executions, each in one of five styles: Sports, Suits, Specialist, Street and Sense. All have new dials with three-dimensional hour markers and the collection embraces a wide range of straps and bracelets from steel mesh to silicone / leather hybrids.The new Seiko 5 Sports line is priced between US$280-360. Available in stores come September 2019.