The Crown Chronograph, Japan’s first wristwatch with a stopwatch function, was developed in 1964 for the first international sports event held in Japan. Presage, which has inherited Seiko’s watchmaking tradition, will release a limited-edition model, the Seiko Presage Prestige Line 2020 Limited Edition, that pays homage to the design of the Crown Chronograph. In acknowledgement of the year of the Crown Chronograph’s release, 1964, the number of watches will be limited to 1964 units.
The Crown Chronograph – Japan’s first wristwatch with a stopwatch function.
Seiko was in charge of making the official watch for the first international sports event held in Japan in 1964, which triggered the development of a watch with a stopwatch function. The Crown Chronograph was a simple chronograph based on the Crown, a manual winding mechanical watch. Although a one-push chronograph, the use of a pillar wheel allows reliable control of the stopwatch. It is to this day considered a legendary timepiece that exudes Seiko’s uncompromising manufacturing ability. Not only in its function but also with its design and the high legibility, the watch is a standard to tell the time.
Faithful reproduction of the design of the first Crown Chronograph
The design of the 1964 Crown Chronograph has been reproduced as faithfully as possible. The clearly defined Arabic numerals applied to the narrow bezel and the fine minute gradations highlighted on the dial, has been reproduced throughout. The case has an inwardly tilted shape so that it rests securely on the wrist, which increases stability.
Dial with high legibility
High legibility is ensured day and night through the use of Lumibrite on the distinctive indexes. A non-reflective coating is applied to the inner surface of the sapphire glass to improve legibility even further.
The letters “Limited Edition” and the serial number 0001/1964-1964/1964 are inscribed on the case back as proof of this limited quantity edition. In an actual product, the case back direction might be different from the photograph.
Automatic movement with power reserve of 70 hours
This model has a power reserve of 70 hours, therefore, there is no concern about the remaining power on Monday morning even if the watch is unused over the weekend.
A special box
The watch is offered in a special box.