Seiko has released a new Prospex Speedtimer chronograph watch to celebrate the Japanese watchmaking company’s sports timing heritage and the World Athletics Championships, 2022.
Seiko’s tradition as a pioneer in sports timing began in the 1960’s, with a range of timing devices that set a new global standard of precision. Since 1985, Seiko has been the timekeeper of choice of World Athletics. In 2022, for the 17th consecutive time, Seiko will be official timekeeper of the World Athletics Championships which will take place in Eugene, Oregon.
Hand assembled by Seiko’s skilled watchmakers, this new Speedtimer is powered by Caliber 8R46, which incorporates vertical clutch and column wheel mechanisms to ensure the highest possible levels of precision and durability. The escapement is lightweight and strong, thanks to the use of MEMS technology which enhances the stability of the watch’s precision. The pushers are prominent and have a wide and flat upper surface area to facilitate accurate operability. With the push of the reset button, the hands return back to zero instantly and in perfect synchronization.
Every detail of the new Speedtimer reflects the high performance and reliability of Seiko’s sports timekeeping and captures the spirit of World Athletics. The sand patterned dial evokes the texture of the running track. The chronograph second hand and the 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock are in yellow, the color of all Seiko’s timing and measurement devices.
The second hand is gently curved down towards the markers and its tip extends right to the edge of the dial so that the elapsed time can be read accurately at a glance. The hour and minute hands are generously coated with Lumibrite to enhance readability in the dark.
The watch is presented on a stainless steel bracelet that is specially designed and constructed for this series. Its thickness and weight combined with the low center of gravity of the case ensure stability and a high level of comfort on the wrist. The bracelet can be swapped with the additional black leather strap provided with this timepiece.
This new Speedtimer chronograph will be available as a limited edition of 400 pieces from June 2022 at the Seiko Boutiques and selected retail partners worldwide.
Model: Seiko Prospex Speedtimer Mechanical Chronograph World Athletics Championships Oregon22 Limited Edition
Caliber 8R46, Automatic Chronograph
Column wheel and vertical clutch systems
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Power reserve: 45 hours
Stainless steel case with super-hard coating
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating in the inner surface
See-through screw case back
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 42.5mm Thickness: 15.1mm
Stainless steel bracelet with super-hard coating
Three-fold clasp with push button release
Additional calf strap included
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: €3,200
Limited edition of 400 of pieces