Published on January 29th, 2022 | by Subhash Nair0
The King Seiko Collection Returns More Than 50 Years After Its Initial Debut
The King Seiko Collection returns in 2022 after its 1965 debut.
The King Seiko brand was created a year after Grand Seiko to compete directly internally for place as the ultimate Japanese mechanical watch brand. The King Seiko brand eventually was discontinued, with the last models going out of production by the mid-1970s. Today, the King Seiko brand is being revived with five new watches inspired by the 1965 KSK. These watches will be available in Malaysia and Brunei under Thong Sia.
Here’s the press release with more.
The 1960’s was a decade of unprecedented advances for Seiko, both in terms of technical development and design creativity. Alongside Grand Seiko, one other series demonstrated the company’s ability to create beautifully designed and finished mechanical watches with high accuracy.
It was called King Seiko. In addition to its precision, it offered a powerful yet graceful design that symbolized the high quality of its construction. Today, after more than half a century, the King Seiko collection is back with timepieces that showcase the lasting quality of Seiko’s mechanical watchmaking. The first collection comprises five new timepieces, all of which will be available from February 2022 at the Seiko Boutiques and selected retailers in Malaysia and Brunei.
The five new watches share a distinctively sharp and angular design that is inspired by the 1965 King Seiko KSK, which was the second series to be created and the one that defined the character of King Seiko. The combination of a flat dial with faceted indexes and broad, razor-edged hands gives the watch a refined and striking presence. The bold, faceted lugs have sharp angles and wide flat surfaces that feature both mirror and hairline finishing, creating a sense of precision. The twelve o’clock index is more than twice the width of the others and has a patterned texture specially crafted to ensure high legibility and to give the dial a bright sparkle that invites the eye.
The case is constructed so that, combined with the boxed-shaped sapphire crystal, it gives each watch a slim and elegant feel. An anti-reflective coating on the inner surface of the crystal delivers high legibility from any angle. The bracelet pays homage to the design of the original King Seiko series and its many beveled surfaces reflect the light in a way that is dynamic and ever-changing. Powered by Caliber 6R31, the watch delivers a power reserve of 70 hours and is water resistant to 100 meters.
The new collection contains five watches, each with the same case but a different dial color. One is in the original silver tone of the 1965 KSK, and versions in lightgray, charcoal gray, brown and red complete the range. The lightgray dial has a delicate hairline pattern, while the other four have a beautiful sunray finish that gives the watches a special warmth and depth.
Five alternative leather straps specially designed for the new collection will be introduced. To see what each combination of strap and watch looks like, please click here:
For product details, please contact SEIKO’s sole distributor, Thong Sia Sdn Bhd at 03-2141 5163 or visit www.thongsia.com.my and Seiko Boutique online shop www.seikoboutique.com.my for more.