Don't Shoot the Messenger

Jan 16, 2023,13:06 PM

Seiko announces (you guessed it) a new limited edition Speedtimer Chronograph with matte black case and dial. Only 600 and available this Spring. I like it despite its size of 15mm thick and 43 wide. On the plus side for WPS fans, it has a very discrete date at 6 and both column wheel and vertical clutch technology.

Similar spec to the other two-dial, mechanical Speedmasters (top row) which all use 8R46 movements.

Caliber 8R46 is Seiko's most advanced automatic chronograph movement for mechanical watches. This caliber incorporates both vertical clutch and column wheel mechanisms which ensure the precision and durability. The escapement is lightweight and strong, thanks to the use of MEMS technology.

Caliber Number 8R46
Automatic with manual winding
Precision +25 to -15 seconds per day
Power reserve 45 hours
Jewels 34

Equipped with small seconds hand
Stop second hand function
Case/Band / Material Stainless steel (hard black coating)
Thickness: 15.1mm
Diameter: 42.5mm
Lug-to-lug: 50.0mm

Dual-curved sapphire
Anti-reflective coating on inner surface
LumiBrite on hands and indexes

Matte Black Calfskin
Three-fold clasp with push button release
Bracelet Length 185.0mm
Distance between lugs 20mm

Other Details
Water Resistance 10 bar
Magnetic Resistance 4,800 A/m
Weight 120.0g

LIMITED EDITION on the case back
Serial number engraved on the case back
See-through & Screw case back

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Not at all. Thanks for the post Mike.

 By: MichaelC : January 16th, 2023-13:52
The 2 most laughable stances among WIS to me: 1. "That watch is not historically correct... brand xyz should not have made it!!" 2. "That brand releases way too many LE watches!" Looks like Seiko made a nice piece here. Good for them, and for all of the f... 

Speedmaster or Speedtimer?

 By: myles721 : January 16th, 2023-14:04

Thank you for sharing !

 By: borisundercover : January 16th, 2023-14:10
I think the term « limited edition » itself is too blame, cause from the watch lover side it just means more choice, more models to love ! I like this one but more specifically its regular iteration (SRQ037J1 with the greyish dial), although sadly too big... 

I like it : )

 By: 111forza : January 16th, 2023-16:24

Coincidentally, I picked up this reference's brother just a couple of days ago.

 By: pkonos : January 17th, 2023-12:08
Another, if I may, ... ahem (clearing throat) ... Seiko Limited Edition (ref. SBEC007). (Leaving aside the questionable practice of referring to 1000 pieces as "limited" for another day) I must say that I rather like the austere aesthetic of this particul...  

Probably a bit big for me, but I like the look - very stealth

 By: jml_watches : January 18th, 2023-10:03
As for don't shoot the messenger - keep em coming, not surprised by limited editions; they're the norm! You could probably develop drinking game from this! Cheers JML