A year ago Seiko reintroduced the Speedtimer to its collection inspired by its historic 1969 model Caliber 6139 which was the first automatic chronograph in the world to come with a column wheel and vertical clutch. Introduced six chronographs, two with automatic movement and four with quartz movement supported by solar power technology.
Today Seiko announces the arrival of three new models to the collection and all powered by solar energy. The three new variants that join the four previous ones, present significant differences starting with the dimension of the case that increases by almost 2.5mm in diameter going to 41.4mm while its thickness is reduced to 13mm. On the outside, the previous black concave bezel is now replaced by a bicolour flat bezel and curved sapphire crystal.
But let’s go to the different variants, the SSC911 comes with a Panda dial and grey and black bezel, the SSC913 comes with a blue dial and Pepsi bezel (blue and red) and the SSC915 comes with a black dial and Coke bezel (black and red).
The new Speedtimers also come with a sun brush dial, a black concave chapter ring, the usual three black registers including a small second at 9 o’clock, a 60-minute counter that couples a power reserve indicator at 6 and a 24-hour counter at 3, a date window between 4 and 5 o’clock, chronograph minute hand and the centre second hand in red, and finally applied hour markers and faceted hands all filled with Lumi Brite.
There are also changes inside, including now the Seiko’s solar Caliber V192, which when fully charged allows operating up to six months without the need for exposure to light.
The three new variants, like the previous ones, come with a three-link stainless steel bracelet with a brushed finish and a three-fold clasp with a push button release.
Available from November 2022 at the brand’s official boutiques and authorized retailers, for a price of €700.
The introduction of three new classic options is undoubtedly an asset to the collection that complements very well the other four existing interactions, the option for a wider case is debatable however here we will not be critical as the brand offers options for different wrist sizes.
Of the three options that we liked the most is, without a doubt, the SSC911 whose Panda dial complemented with the grey and black bezel is perfect, although we still prefer the SSC813 also with a Panda dial not only because of the smaller 39mm case but above all for the effect Fauxtina of hands and hour markers.
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Model: Prospex Speedtimer Solar Chronograph
Reference: SRQ035, SRQ037, SSC813, SSC815, SSC817, SSC819
Dial: White (SSC911), blue (SSC913), black (SSC915)
Case Material: Stainless-steel
Case Dimensions: 41.4 mm diameter, 13.3 mm thickness
Crystal: Sapphire glass
Case Back: Stainless-steel
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Strap: Stainless-steel bracelet with three-fold clasp with push-button release
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph, power reserve indicator
Winding: Quartz solar power
Power Reserve: 60 Hours
Price: € 700
Availability: November 2022
Limited Edition: No