The Seiko Ananta Spring Drive Chronograph was introduced last year, so this is not a 2010 model. However, during Baselworld 2010 was the first time I had a chance to see it close-up. It is a good looking timepiece, and it could easily be mistaken for a watch costing thousands more. The bezel features a black PVD treatment, and it’s fully polished. The case sides, lugs, pushers, and crown are a mixture of polished and brushed steel. The case is 46 mm x 15.8 mm thick and has fairly large pushers, so it looks pretty big. Although, the case is well designed, so it does not feel uncomfortable on your wrist.
The caseback is clear, which allows an excellent view into the beautifully finished movement. The rotor is skeletonized and is inspired by a Katana blade. The dial is black with a mixture of white hands and markers, and red hands. The power reserve, which is located at between 6 and 8 o’clock on the dial, is shaped like a Katana sword.
The crystal is sapphire with double anti-reflective treatment. The strap is crocodile with a stainless steel fold-over clasp with push-button release. Water-resistance is 100 meters.
The Ananta has the best finish I have seen on a Seiko. The movement design, accuracy, and finish are excellent. To me, this timepiece is Seiko’s way of showing everyone, that Japan’s oldest watchmaker is very serious about watchmaking. Retail price is $6,400.