Seiko Brightz Solar Radio Chronograph 49er Class Limited Edition 2010, Reference SAGA055

Seiko Watch Co., Ltd. presents a limited edition Seiko Brightz solar radio chronograph in collaboration with the International 49er Class Association.

This sporty solar radio watch with stopwatch function will be released on July 23 at a suggested retail price of 115,500 yen (110,000 yen excluding tax). Its reference number is SAGA055 and the production is limited to 490 pieces. It is the second collaboration model with the “International 49er Class Association”.

49er class (Forty Niner class) is a two-seater yacht racing event. It is called “49er class” from a boat with a total length of 4.99m. It is one of the most exciting competitions among yacht races. Seiko has been an official partner of the “International 49er Class Association” since 2007.

Seiko Brightz Solar Radio Chronograph 49er Class Limited Edition 2010, Reference SAGA055
Seiko Brightz Solar Radio Chronograph 49er Class Limited Edition 2010, Reference SAGA055

Seiko SAGA055 has some special features inspired by the 49er class yacht races. The dial and bezel are based on a glossy blue color, inspired by the world of the “49er class”.

The dial ring and the sub-dial at 6 o’clock are accented with a silver color reminiscent of the silver splashes of a fast-moving yacht, and the tachymeter bezel is decorated with italic Arabic numerals to create a sense of speed. Shaped after the mast of a yacht, the yellow green stopwatch second hand evokes the key color of the 49er class race.

The case back of the Brightz Solar Radio Chronograph 49er Class is marked with a double logo with Seiko, which is a proof of the official partner of the “International 49er Class Association”, and is engraved with limited edition serial number (001 / 490 to 490/490). This timepiece will be supplied in a special box set with a spare calf leather strap in blue and with yellow-green stitching.

It receives Japanese standard radio waves that convey highly accurate time information with an error of only 1 second in 100,000 years and keeps accurate time. The solar-powered movement converts light such as sunlight and fluorescent lamps into electric energy and drives the watch.

Just like the regular production Brightz Solar Radio Chronographs (SAGA051 and SAGA053) released this year, this special edition model features chronograph, additional time-zone, automatic hand position correction and time difference correction functions. Moreover, it is magnetically resistant.

Technical details

Model: Seiko Brightz Solar Radio Chronograph 49er Class Limited Edition 2010
Reference: SAGA055

Case
Stainless steel case
Case diameter: 43.4mm
Thickness: 11.0mm
Glass material: Sapphire glass (with anti-reflective coating)
Tachymeter bezel with blue hard coating
Case-back: Stainless steel (fixed with 4 screws)
Water resistance: 10 ATM
Magnetic resistance: JIS magnetically resistant watch type 1

Dial
Blue dial
Lumibright coating on hands and indexes
Silvered dial ring
Silvered 60 minute chronograph counter at 6 o’clock
Date at 4.30H
24-H display at 3 o’clock
Seconds hand at 9 o’clock

Crown
Three position crown at 3 o’clock for setting time and date

Buttons
A – Push-button (recessed) at 8 o’clock: multiple functions like time-zone setting
B – Push-button at 10 o’clock: multiple functions like activating manual reception of radio signals.
C – Push-button at 2 o’clock: Chronograph start
D – Push-button at 4 o’clock: Chronograph stop/reset

Movement
Seiko Solar Quartz Caliber 8B82 with radio wave correction function
Radio wave correction function (automatic selection and reception of 2 stations in Japan)
Automatic reception function, forced reception function, reception result display function
Needle position automatic correction function
Solar charging function (about 6 months of power reserve from full charge, up to 2 years in power save mode)
Fully automatic calendar function
Stopwatch function (1/5 second measurement, 60 minute total, maximum 6 hour measurement)
Time difference correction function
Time accuracy: Average monthly difference ± 15 seconds (when standard radio waves cannot be received, when worn on the wrist at a temperature of 5 ° C to 35 ° C)
Movement diameter: 31.5mm
Thickness: 4.4mm

Bracelet
Stainless steel (replacement band: calf)

Edition
Limited to 490 pieces

Suggested retail price in Japan
115,500 yen (110,000 yen without tax)