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The Seiko Presage Cocktail Time Watches in Review 🍸

The Seiko Presage Cocktail Time Collection in Review
By Maverick, 31st of July 2022

If you’re looking for your next or even your first dress watch, with a dial that will turn heads, then you can’t go past the Seiko Presage Cocktail Time watches.

Seiko really delivers with the design, character and overall theme of these watches, at an affordable price, capturing the hearts of enthusiasts since 2010…

A Quick History of Seiko

The story of Seiko dates back to 1881, when Kintaro Hattori, a 21-year-old entrepreneur, opens a shop selling and repairing watches and clocks in central Tokyo.

Just 11 years later in 1892, Kintaro buys an old run down factory in Tokyo, marking the beginning of a watch company that today is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of timepieces.

Fun fact: Seiko in Japanese means “exquisite”, “minute” or “success”

Kintaro Hattori, founder of Seiko
Kintaro Hattori, Founder of Seiko. Source: seikowatches.com

Today, even after over 140 years of innovation, the company is still dedicated to the perfection that Kintaro Hattori always strived for. 

Living up to the name, Seiko has had many world’s firsts. Here is just 3…

  • 1969 – The world’s first quartz wristwatch: the Seiko Quartz Astron. Accurate to with an amazing 5 seconds per month… 100x more accurate than any other watch on the market
  • 1975 – The world’s first diver’s watch with titanium case: withstanding the immense pressure at 600m
  • 1999 – A revolution in watch making history, Seiko unveils the Spring Drive: The spring drive is totally unique to Seiko, delivering accuracy like no other, to within one second a day!
 

The Seiko Presage Cocktail Time Collection

The Seiko cocktail time series was originally started in 2010 in collaboration with one of Japan’s top bartenders, Shinobu Ishigaki, the Founder and owner of Bar Ishinohana.

Check out Shinobu Ishigaki in the short video below making a Hot Umami Martini… 

As the name suggests the Seiko cocktail time was designed to reflect the undertones of popular cocktails and the cosmopolitan bar scene.

Since 2010, the watches have become a staple in Seiko’s catalog.

The look in terms of the textured surface on the dial, with the dome of the hardlex crystal has captured the attention of watch collectors everywhere and made the cocktail time into a timeless hit.

In terms of design, these watches are influenced by the sleek look of the cocktail bars. This can be seen in the colorful dials with intricate patterns…

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The dials of Seiko Cocktail Time watches come in a whole host of colors that contain blue, green, white, silver, and more. The watches are all very dressy and have an open display casebacks showing off Seiko’s 4R35 auto movement.

In fact, this Japanese powerhouse has a collection that contains a wide range of amazing styles and configurations to choose from. With a lot of new variety, Seiko expands the collection with its stunning models that are famous in the humble presage collection.

In this article, we are going to take a look at 3 of the Seiko Presage Cocktail Time watches: the SRPB46, the SRPB41 and the SRPB77.

The Presage Cocktail Time SRPB46

The SRPB46 is an elegant dress watch in the lineup of Seiko Presage Cocktail Time. As its name implies, you will get the idea that it’s a classic watch just like the drink. Whether it’s the watch’s minimalist dial and brown leather strap or its 40.5 mm stainless steel case – this Seiko cocktail time is a perfect choice that you consider for a dress watch.

If we talk about the dial, its sunburst guilloche dial has a dazzling gradient brown hue. It’s dark around the edges and light and more vibrant in the middle. All of these features are complemented by rose gold-tone hour markers and hands.

And the Seiko automatic Caliber 4R35 movement with its 23 jewels self-winding and hacking features runs the watch. Also, you will be able to view the whole mechanism with its see-through caseback. In addition, the thin, rose gold-tone bezel and lugs match the hands and indexes for a complete decent look.

Specs

  • Case Diameter: 40.5mm
  • Case Thickness: 12mm
  • Lug-to-Lug: 47.2mm
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Movement: Auto Seiko 4R35
  • Crystal: Hardlex
  • Water Resistance: 50m / 5 bar
  • Power Reserve: Approx. 41 hours
  • Manual winding: Yes
  • Hacking: Yes
  • Weight: 70.0 g

The Presage Cocktail Time SRPB41

This Seiko Presage Cocktail Time watch also comes in a 40.5mm stainless case, 47mm from lug-to-lug, 12mm in height, and a matching stainless steel bracelet. It is a perfect everyday watch for work and play with a stunning blue gradient sunburst dial which is protected by a domed Hardlex crystal.

Although, the cocktail time lineup has similar dial textures, it has different colors. That’s why this is the Blue Moon variant with the blue radial gradient. Furthermore, the dial maintains its original look with polished silver-toned hands and index hour markers.

The SRPB41 is also powered by the in-house automatic Caliber 4R35 movement by Seiko. And contains the standard 41 hours of power reserve with the time setting and hand-winding features. Just like other cocktail time watches you can see the whole mechanism through its exhibition Hardlex caseback.

Specs

  • Case Diameter: 40.5mm
  • Case Thickness: 12mm
  • Lug-to-Lug: 47.2mm
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Movement: Auto Seiko 4R35
  • Crystal: Hardlex
  • Water Resistance: 50m / 5 bar
  • Power Reserve: Approx. 41 hours
  • Manual winding: Yes
  • Hacking: Yes
  • Weight: 135.0 g

The Presage Cocktail Time SRPB77

Seiko Presage Cocktail time SRPB77's dial

This Seiko Presage Cocktail Time SRPB77 is also an outstanding watch that comes in a stainless-steel case with a 40.5mm diameter and a thickness of around 11.8mm.

In terms of its case design, the lugs measure 47mm and the whole case is polished to give it a stunning and exclusive look. Seiko has also used the Hardlex crystal in the SRPB77 watch and you can see the movement with its see-through case back.

The watch has a wonderful silver dial with a textured sunburst effect. And because of that, it radiates the light in an elegant way that is uncommon in other watches. It also has polished hour markers which are sharp and faceted.

The SRPB77 is also equipped with the in-house Seiko Caliber 4R35 with both manual winding function and hacking seconds for accurate time setting. The watch contains a 50m water resistance and a date window at 3 o’clock.

Additionally, the watch comes with a stainless steel H link bracelet with both brushed and polished elements that improve the overall comfort and elegance of the watch.

Specs

  • Case Diameter: 40.5mm
  • Case Thickness: 11.8mm
  • Lug-to-Lug: 47.2mm
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Movement: Auto Seiko 4R35
  • Crystal: Hardlex
  • Water Resistance: 50m / 5 bar
  • Power Reserve: Approx. 41 hours
  • Manual winding: Yes
  • Hacking: Yes
  • Weight: 136.0 g

Final Thoughts

It’s hard to go past the Seiko Presage Cocktail Time collection if you’re looking for an affordable watch with distinct design and character. Seiko’s craftsmanship and watchmaking skills are certainly on display with these watches.

My pick?

With my favorite color being blue, I gotta go with the SRPB41

That dial: the texture, the gradient, the blue… boy-oh-boy.

In any case, there are many flavors to pick and choose from here, but whichever one suits you, you’ll own a watch that is quality, beautiful and will last a lifetime.

Living on borrowed time,

– Mav

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