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Seiko Release King Seiko 1969 Re-Interpretation and ‘Rising Dragon’ Limited Edition

Seiko King Seiko 6L 1969 Re-Interpretation

When the King Seiko family was revived in 2022 it quickly became a personal favourite for its sharp facets and precise, clean display. Since then, the collection has only received updated colourways, until now. With the launch of the Seiko King Seiko 6L 1969 Re-Interpretation we have a completely new model being added to the collection for the first time.

King Seiko ‘Edo Purple’ 6L 1969 Re-Interpretation SJE111J1
King Seiko ‘Forest Green’ 6L 1969 Re-Interpretation SJE1113J1

Well, I say completely new, it is of course a re-interpretation of a 1969 reference meaning that we have seen elements of this design in the past. Specifically, it’s based on the 45KS 4502-8020, a famous watch in Seiko’s heritage because it was their first watch to ever achieve chronometer certification. You can see that connection in the new cases of the modern re-interpretations, which are 39.4mm in diameter with sweeping curves and a round design very different to the angular shapes we’ve come to know from King Seiko.

Seiko King Seiko ‘Metropolis Silver’ 6L 1969 Re-Interpretation SJE109J1

However, while the design of the case is very different to the existing King Seiko models, the layout and style of the dial is familiar. Bar index hour markers surround the edge of the display and a date window sits at 3 o’clock. The hands have been updated, they still have bevelled edges but the taper is not so severe, leading to a flat top and a blunt end as opposed to a triangular shape. Overall, I think the combination of the case and dial works really well, like a dress watch interpretation of the Prospex Turtle.

King Seiko ‘Rising Dragon’ 100th Anniversary of Seiko 6L LE SJE1115J1
King Seiko ‘Rising Dragon’ 100th Anniversary of Seiko 6L LE SJE1115J1

As for colour, there are four dial options available – three standard editions and one limited. The standard ones are Metropolis Silver, Edo Purple and Forest Green, which are all self-explanatory. The limited edition is called Rising Dragon and it has a teal dial with an additional textured finish that the others lack. It’s a triangular geometric pattern that gives the piece a scale-like appearance. It’s of course a celebration of the fact that it’s the Year of the Dragon, as well as the 100th anniversary of the Seiko brand name. As a self-proclaimed geek, there’s no way the dragon one can’t be my favourite.

King Seiko ‘Rising Dragon’ 100th Anniversary of Seiko 6L LE SJE1115J1

Beneath the dials of the King Seiko 6L 1969 Re-Interpretation sits the Calibre 6L35, Seiko’s slimmest automatic movement. It allows the watch to have a thickness of just 9.9mm, much slimmer than the broad curve of the case implies. On a specs front, it has a 45-hour power reserve and an accuracy of -10/+15 seconds per day.

Seiko King Seiko ‘Metropolis Silver’ 6L 1969 Re-Interpretation SJE109J1
King Seiko ‘Forest Green’ 6L 1969 Re-Interpretation SJE1113J1
King Seiko ‘Edo Purple’ 6L 1969 Re-Interpretation SJE111J1

That brings us to the price, which is £2,750 for all four variants, including the 700 piece limited edition. The mid-to-high £2,000 price bracket is an area Seiko are exploring a lot more recently, putting them in competition with brands like Oris and the lower end of Tudor. Considering how much interest there is in Seiko right now, it makes a lot of sense. Although my personal interest remains seated in the original KSK models due to their angular and more svelte appearance that I love.

Price and Specs:

Model: Seiko King Seiko 6L 1969 Re-Interpretation
Ref: SJE109J1 (Metropolis Silver), SJE1113J1 (Forest Green), SJE111J1 (Edo Purple), SJE1115J1 (Rising Dragon)
Case: 39.4mm diameter x 9.9mm thickness, stainless steel
Dial: Silver, green, purple or teal
Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
Movement: Seiko calibre 6L35, automatic, 26 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 45h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
Price: £2,750 (Rising Dragon edition limited to 700 pieces)

More details at Seiko Boutique.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.