As one of the world’s largest watch manufacturers, Seiko is no stranger to collaborations and limited edition pieces. Seiko watches can be inspired from natural landscapes to children’s television shows and one of the various collections of Seiko watches inspired by the world of mixology and well-crafted cocktails. The first Seiko Cocktail Time watches debuted in 2010 as a JDM-exclusive release and quickly gained a cult following among collectors. In 2017, Seiko clearly recognized the popularity of the original models as the brand unveiled a new lineup of cocktail time watches; However, this time it was released as part of the Greater Presage collection and made available to international markets as well. Each different Seiko Cocktail Time watch features a dial inspired by a different drink, and in 2022, Seiko launched two new models inspired by the cocktails of Star Bar owner and award-winning first bartender Hisashi Kishi. Contemporary Master Craftsman” Award, these original cocktails are created to evoke the vibrant yet traditional city of Tokyo.
Officially known as the Seiko Presage Cocktail Time STAR BAR Limited Edition SSA455 and SSA457 watches, both models have identical stainless steel cases that measure 40.5mm in diameter by 11.6mm thick with a width of 20mm and an overall lug-to-lug distance. 47.5mm Similarly, both models feature box-shaped Hardlex crystals above their dials, signature push-pull style winding crowns at the 3 o’clock position, and screw-down display casebacks that help provide 50 meters of water resistance. The overall look and feel of the outer cases on these two new limited-edition Seiko STAR BAR watches will be instantly familiar to anyone who has handled Seiko Cocktail Time models before, and it offers a traditional dress watch aesthetic with contemporary size and proportions. This minimalist case style also serves as the perfect canvas to display the dials of the watches, which are the real stars of the show in the various models of Seiko’s Cocktail Time series.
Fitted with a textured silver dial featuring yellow and green hues, the Seiko SSA455 is inspired by one of STAR BAR’s signature cocktails, the “Illumine,” which has a bright and crisp flavor profile, powered by a subtle yellow hue. Inspiration for the watch’s dial. The other model is the Seiko SSA457, which is based on one of STAR BAR’s signature cocktails called the “Red Brick” and features a deep crimson dial that matches the color of the drink that serves as its inspiration. Despite the different colors, the new Cocktail Time Star Bar dials both feature the same skeletal pattern, with arc-shaped cutouts radiating outward from where their balance wheels are. In addition to allowing you to see most of the movement, the skeleton design is meant to look like ripples on the surface of a freshly poured cocktail. While both watches receive the precise styling of dauphine hands paired with sharp pointed indexes, the Seiko SSA455’s textured off-silver dial is fitted with components with a traditional white-metal finish, while the Seiko SSA457 has gold-finished hands and hour markers set on its deep crimson surface. .
Despite being limited edition models, both of the new Seiko Presage Cocktail Time STAR BAR watches are positioned as entry-level Presage models and are therefore powered by Seiko’s Caliber 4R72 automatic movement. A time-only movement with the added conveniences of hacking and hand-winding, the Seiko 4R72 is identical in its overall functionality to the rest of Seiko’s 4Rxx family of movements and powered by Caliber 4R72 running at a frequency of 21,600vph. About 41 hours of reserve. With this in mind, unlike some of the more common movements in the popular Seiko 4Rxx family, the Cal. The 4R72 has a partially skeletonized design with a gold finish, as it is intended for use in watches that have a skeletonized dial and display caseback. Both of the new Seiko Presage Cocktail Time STAR BAR models are finished off by calfskin leather straps fitted with push-button folding clasps, with the SSA455 receiving a black strap, while the SSA457 is dark brown.
Like actual drinks, some of Seiko’s cocktail time watches will naturally draw you in more than others, but that’s part of the fun of the collection. Regardless of whether you personally wear a particular model or not, it’s always fun to see how Seiko reinterprets various alcoholic beverages as watch dials, and the concept has led to some truly beautiful and interesting creations over the years. Both the Seiko SSA455 “Illumine” and the Seiko SSA457 “Red Brick” carry an official retail price of $595 USDand the new Seiko Presage Cocktail Time STAR BAR watches will both be produced as limited editions of 5,000 examples, with availability beginning in October 2022. For more information, please visit Brand’s website.