To mark its 140th anniversary in 2021, Seiko Watch Corporation created a re-creation of the iconic King Seiko KSK watch.
Introduced in 1965, the King Seiko KSK was the second series of the legendary King Seiko watch. With a distinctive, angular profile, this manual wound watch featured a different design compared to the gentle rounded contours of the first King Seiko creation. Its flat surfaces and multi-faceted corners caught the light from any angle and gave the watch a new and striking brilliance. With its water resistance and hacking seconds hand, it offered a high level of practicality which.
The new re-creation boasts all the distinct design features of the 1965 KSK watch. The combination of the flat dial with the faceted indexes and broad, sharp hands re-creates the refined elegance of the original. The sharp, bold faceted lugs feature large flat planes and razor sharp angles and are Zaratsu polished to a distortion-free mirror finish.
Just as on the first KSK, the index at twelve o’clock has a bright sparkle thanks to the way it is intricately faceted. The case back carries the King Seiko name and the same shield design as the original and the buckle, too, is an accurate reproduction. The Seiko name and a “W” mark that signifies the KSK’s water-resistance appear on the crown.
While the re-creation is faithful in every aspect to the original design, it is completely up-to date in technology, function and form. Even with an automatic movement and the addition of a date window, the new watch retains its slim profile and is just 0.5mm thicker than the original, thanks to the thinness of Caliber 6L35.
The case is slightly wider than the original at 38.1mm and the crystal is a boxed-shaped sapphire with an anti-reflective coating in the inner surface that delivers high legibility from any angle. The case’s durability is also enhanced by the super-hard coating which protects the watch from scratches.
The King Seiko KSK re-creation will be available from January 2021 as a limited edition of 3,000 at Seiko boutiques and at selected retail partners worldwide.
Model: Seiko 140th Anniversary Limited Edition, Re-creation of King Seiko KSK
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Power reserve: 45 hours
Number of jewels: 26
Stainless steel case with super-hard coating
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw case back
Diameter: 38.1mm, Thickness: 11.4mm
Water resistance: 5 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €3,400
Limited edition of 3,000 pieces