Seiko’s latest Presage watch features a power reserve indicator, an expertly hand-painted dial, and the day and date each displayed by hand within its own subdial.

The Seiko Presage Urushi Byakudan-Nuri, like the Presage 60th Anniversary Limited Edition from 2016, comes in a stainless steel case and measures 40.5 mm in diameter. It has the same 100 meters of water-resistance, clear caseback, and 45-hour power reserve. The new Ref. SPB085 is driven by a slightly different movement which accommodates the additional day of the week subdial. Apart from the added complication, and a gold-plated rotor, the automatic caliber 6R21 is basically the same as the caliber 6R27 on the aforementioned model.

Seiko Presage Urushi Byakudan-Nuri Ref. SPB085

The dial, however, is another story. Each of the Urushi Byakudan-Nuri SPB085 dials is intricately painted by Isshu Tamura, using the “Urushi” technique to create the deep black lacquer on the main dial, the “Byakudan-nuri” technique for the burgundy subdials, and the “Maki-e lacquer” technique for the moon-colored crescent power reserve.

The Seiko Presage Urushi Byakudan-Nuri is limited to 2,000 pieces and will be available in the US beginning December 2018. The retail price is approximately $2,500.

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Seiko Presage Urushi Byakudan-Nuri Ref. SPB085

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