Seiko introduces two slim timepieces inspired by the classic King Seiko
The 1965 King Seiko KSK was not the first King Seiko ever made, but with its sharp, angular case and high functionality, it definitely was the watchs that defined King Seiko’s character. With its resistance to water and use of a hacking seconds hand, the King Seiko KSK was more than bold and beautiful. It was an eminently practical watch that earned legions of fans. Since 2022, Seiko has revived this classic style in the King Seiko collection while endowing the resulting watches with the modern enhancements of contemporary watchmaking.
Both new creations feature an elegant dial befitting a watch bearing the King Seiko signature. The first is silver-colored and has a new sunray finishing technique that endows the watch with a finish more understated and delicate than previous KSK-based creations, resulting in a look that is even closer to the original. The second features a new shade of black created especially to harmonize with the new case design, making for a sophisticated presence.
On each of the new timepieces, the hour and minute hands are faceted, demonstrating the high-quality manufacturing used to craft modern timepieces that honor the King Seiko legacy and advance the collection into today’s era. On the black dial, the hands have a fine hairline finish that heightens the level of contrast with the dial’s dark surface and enhances legibility.
A refined case design with slimmer lugs graces each new watch. They are faceted, with large, flat planes and sharp angles. The surfaces are polished to achieve a distortion-free, mirror finish, causing the cases to reflect light in a pleasing manner that complements the new dials. The combination of an angular case with a flat dial with faceted hands effectively captures the refinement of the original 1965 KSK.
The new watches are also 0.2mm thinner than the original King Seiko KSK, despite having automatic winding and a date window. This is made possible thanks to enhancements in the case construction and the boxed-shaped crystal whose height has been reduced.
Both watches will be available at the Seiko Boutiques and select retail stores worldwide from July 2023.