While Seiko have kicked off 2022 with the return of the King Collection they also haven’t forgotten their existing models. One of their recent releases is a new addition to the Speedtimer range, introducing a blue dial to the mix. This is the Speedtimer Chronograph 1964 Re-Creation SRQ039J1 Blue.
Off the bat, the key update to this timepiece is the dial, which has been given a refreshing blue colourway. The contrast between the black subdials and the main blue colour of the dial plate is a regular feature we see on chronographs, helping improve its legibility. Of course, the most classic example of contrast is the panda dial, which features the traditional colourway of black and white. However, opting for blue adds a bit more of visual pop.
The blue itself is a lovely shade of sky blue, almost verging on turquoise. In fact, if it were slightly more pastel and brighter it would be strongly reminiscent of Tiffany blue. Tiffany blue has had a boom in popularity thanks to Patek Philippe’s Tiffany Nautilus. I doubt the Seiko Prospex Speedtimer Chronograph 1964 Re-Creation SRQ039J1 will be the last watch we see in a rough approximation of the colour this year.
Structurally, the watch has a stainless steel case with a super hard coating that protects it from the bumps and scrapes of life. It’s 42.5mm in diameter, providing a good size base to showcase new dial and maintain the legibility of the chronograph function, which is controlled by the duo of pushers flanking the crown. It’s a very sporty design, based on an original chronograph stopwatch made in 1964 for a sporting event in Tokyo. Today it’s ideal for both adventures and the toils of daily life.
Inside, the Prospex Speedtimer Chronograph 1964 Re-Creation SRQ039J1 Blue houses the 8R46, a fairly standard movement from Seiko. It has automatic winding and a 45-hour power reserve making it well suited for use as a daily beater or sports watch. The price, while still not excessive, is towards the pricier end of Seiko at £2,600. A more than solid timepiece with a stylish new dial, what’s not to love?
Price & Specs:
Model: Seiko Prospex Speedtimer 1964 Chronograph Re-Creation SRQ039J
Case/Dial: 42.5mm diameter x 15.1mm height, stainless steel case, blue dial
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: In-house calibre 8R46, automatic, 34 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 45h
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph with central seconds and 30-minute counter
Strap: Crocodile leather
More details at Seiko.