Seiko Prospex Speedtimer Mechanical Chronograph 1969 Re-Interpretation

Introduced in 1969, Seiko Speedtimer was one of the world’s first automatic chronographs. It was equipped with the Seiko Caliber 6139, the first automatic chronograph movement to incorporate both a column wheel and a vertical clutch. The new Seiko Prospex Speedtimer Mechanical Chronograph 1969 Re-Interpretation pays tribute to the historic timepiece.

Inspired by the iconic Seiko 5 Speedtimer 1969 chronograph, the new Re-Interpretation ensures highly precise elapsed time measurement. It comes with a blue dial with vertical hairline finish.

The white sub-dials and outer dial ring markers provide contrast against the blue dial. The chronograph hands are in red color.

The chronograph second hand is gently curved down towards the dial so that the tip of the hand is as close as possible to the dial’s markers and extends right to the tachymeter markings at the dial edge. The minute and hour hands as well as the edge of the indexes are generously coated with Lumibrite. The chronograph pushers with a wide and flat upper surface facilitate secure and accurate operability.

The Seiko Speedtimer Chronograph reference SRQ043 has a 42.5mm super-hard coated stainless steel case with a dual-curved sapphire crystal and exhibition case-back. The watch comes with a specially designed and super-hard coated stainless steel bracelet that offers excellent stability and a high level of comfort on the wrist. The brand is also offering an additional leather strap for this timepiece.

Seiko Caliber 8R46

This new Speedtimer houses the Caliber 8R46, which incorporates both vertical clutch and column wheel mechanisms, just like the 1969 original. The vertical clutch eliminates any shuddering or jumping of the hands and so enhances the measurement accuracy while the column wheel ensures the precise control of the chronograph operation. This self-winding movement provides a power reserve of 45 hours.

Thanks to Seiko’s unique three-pointed hammer, when the re-set pusher is depressed, the hands return to zero instantly and in perfect synchronization.

A new addition to the Prospex collection, the new Speedtimer chronograph will be available from September 2022 at the Seiko Boutiques and selected retail partners worldwide.

Technical details

Model: Seiko Prospex Speedtimer Mechanical Chronograph 1969 Re-Interpretation
Reference SRQ043

Caliber 8R46, Automatic Chronograph
Column wheel and vertical clutch systems
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Power reserve: 45 hours
Jewels: 34
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m

Stainless steel case with super-hard coating
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the inner surface
Diameter: 42.5mm
Thickness: 15.1mm
See-through screw case back
Water resistance: 10 bar

Stainless steel bracelet with super-hard coating
Three-fold clasp with push button release
Additional calf strap

Approximate recommended retail price
EU: €3,200/ UK: £2,740