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Seiko Release Trio of Racing Themed Prospex Solar Speedtimer Chronographs

Seiko Prospex Solar Speedtimer Chronograph

Seiko’s Solar Speedtimer Chronograph has been dressed in many colourways in recent years from the stealthy Night Vision to the gulf-esque European Exclusive limited edition. Now, three new editions have joined the collection, each with a unique racing theme. The three new references are the ‘Circuit Race’ SSC941P1, ‘Grand Touring’ SSC939P1 and ‘Racing Sports’ SSC943P1.

Seiko Prospex Circuit Race Solar Speedtimer Chronograph SSC941P1

Seiko Prospex Solar Speedtimer Chronograph ‘Circuit Race’ SSC941P1, £620

First up is the ‘Circuit Race’, which features a black dial, white minute scale and gold coloured accents across both the dial and 41.4mm steel case. It makes for a very serious aesthetic with a hint of luxury, perfect for the world of circuit racing. Circuits, whether dedicated tracks or on the road, make for some of the most intense motorsport action with drivers in a constant fight to maintain position and climb the rankings. They also draw some of the biggest crowds and prestige, which makes the gold elements of the ‘Circuit Race’ feel appropriate.

Seiko Prospex Grand Touring Solar Speedtimer Chronograph SSC939P1

Seiko Prospex Solar Speedtimer Chronograph ‘Grand Touring’ SSC939P1, £600

The second of the new Seiko Prospex Solar Speedtimer Chronographs is the ‘Grand Touring’. Grand Tours are not typically competitive races, but more endurance challenges undertaken in the name of holiday – extended road trips across central Europe often leading from France to Italy. While you might not need a chronograph to time the tight laps of a race, they can still prove useful to keep track of your progress each day. This model has an anthracite grey dial with a blue tachymeter bezel, giving it a lighter tone. It reminds me of the Rado Captain Cook Plasma.

Seiko Prospex Racing Sports Solar Speedtimer Chronograph SSC943P1

Seiko Prospex Solar Speedtimer Chronograph ‘Racing Sports’ SSC943P1, £590

Completing the trio is the ‘Racing Sports’ edition, which is certainly the most distinctive of three. It has an ivory tone dial with black subdials, giving it a panda style display, which has been paired with a dark green aluminium bezel. The addition of green is an intriguing curveball on what would otherwise be a very traditional chronograph colourway. Instead, the result reminds me of vintage Jaguar E-Types in British Racing Green with cream leather interiors. Which is appropriate because that is a classic racing sports car and this is the ‘Racing Sports’ Speedtimer.

Seiko Prospex Grand Touring Solar Speedtimer Chronograph SSC939P1

Beyond the individual colourways, the three watches are otherwise identical. They’re all made from stainless steel with 100m water resistance ratings. Also, they all house the same movement, the V192 solar chronograph calibre. Being solar means that it’s a quartz movement with a battery charged by light, typically absorbed through the dial. It’s equipped with central hours and minutes and chronograph seconds, a small seconds subdial, a 30-minute timer, a 24-hour timer, a date window and a power reserve indicator.

Seiko Prospex Circuit Race Solar Speedtimer Chronograph SSC941P1
Seiko Prospex Grand Touring Solar Speedtimer Chronograph SSC939P1
Seiko Prospex Racing Sports Solar Speedtimer Chronograph SSC943P1

As for price, the Seiko Prospex Solar Speedtimer Chronograph ‘Racing Sports’ is the most accessible at £590 as it’s presented on a perforated leather racing strap. The ‘Grand Tourer’ on bracelet is then £600 and the ‘Circuit Racer’ with its bracelet and additional golden colouring is £620. That might seem like a lot for a non-mechanical watch but Seiko are global industry leaders when it comes to solar and quartz movements so it’s understandable. Let us know which is your favourite in the comments!

Price and Specs:

Model: Seiko Prospex Solar Speedtimer Chronograph
Ref: SSC943P1 (Racing Sports), SSC939P1 (Grand Touring), SSC941P1 (Circuit Race)
Case: 41.4mm diameter x 13mm thickness, stainless steel
Dial: Cream, grey or black
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: Seiko calibre V192, solar quartz
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph, 24h hand
Strap: Leather strap (Racing Sports) or stainless steel bracelet (Grand Touring and Circuit Race)
Price: £590 (Racing Sports), £600 (Grand Touring) and £620 (Circuit Race)

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.