In order to mark its 100th birthday, the most renowned Japanese watchmaker did the impressive job with the anniversary series from the Sportura Collection. With its robust construction, magnificent design and high-end functionality, the series makes a true distinction among the entry level watches. Powered by one of the brand’s most innovative technologies and offering the perpetual calendar on its striking display, new Sportura Kinetic Perpetual l 00th Anniversary watch is definitely one of the best creations that you can buy for less than 1000 euros. At the same time, you can hardly find a brand with such an impressive tradition and a number of revolutionary horological achievements that offers products with such affordable prices. Thus, while congratulating Seiko the great anniversary, we have to truly appreciate what this Japanese giant does for entire industry.
This great looking novelty is based on the brand’s advanced Kinetic technology, unique for its ability to transform kinetic energy from the wearer’s motion to the power for the electric battery. This ‘clean energy’ technology that does not require a change of a battery ensures high-end, one-second-a-day precision which is ten or more times higher from the accuracy of mechanical movements. Another impressive thing about a Caliber 7D48 kinetic movement is related to its exquisite functionality. Not only that it incorporated a perpetual calendar that does not need any correction until February, 2100, but it also provides an amazing energy saving system. Thus, when being unworn for 24 hours, the watch automatically goes in the sleep mode. Immediately after it receives the energy from the first motion, it wakes up, with the correct time and date on its dial.
In terms of aesthetics, new Seiko Kinetic Perpetual 100th Anniversary watch also deserves great laudation. While preserving the authentic style of the Sportura Collection, the timepiece presents some sophisticated elements, such as rose gold color hard coating on a stainless steel case, as well as a nice looking dial pattern that recalls boat flooring. The robust case has the diameter of 44 mm. It incorporates a prominent crown, as well as a stainless steel bezel with blue hard coating and inscribed Arabic numerals, indicating minutes.
At the outer rim of the dark blue dial, there is a minute scale that surrounds applied hour indices with white luminescent markers. In the central part of the dial, you can see highly readable indications. At the 12 o’clock position, there is a double date window, at the 6 o’clock position there is a large sub-dial that displays months, while the aperture at the 9 o’clock position reveals the leap year indication. Finally, the small sub-dial, located between 3 and 4 o’clock shows the 24 hours displays tracking time in the second time zone. The dial is protected with sapphire crystal.
A subtle touch of elegance comes with a dark blue calf leather strap with white stitching. It perfectly matches the dial and the bezel, while making contrast with the case and markers. The Sportura Kinetic Anniversary model is water-resistant up to 100 meters (330 feet). Its price is somewhere around 800 euros, which is almost unbelievable, considering its quality.