As the World Athletics Championships power to a close on July 24th, a participant in every event has been the official timer, Seiko which has clocked in a number of new world and national records during the championships which are being held for the first time ever in the United States in the scenic west coast city of Eugene in the state of Oregon, the state which is also home to the headquarters of Nike.
Seiko has been a leader in sports time since the 1960s when the Japanese manufacturer introduced new standards in precision into timekeeping. Seiko is marking 17 consecutive years of time keeping this year for the biennial World Athletics Championships. The house has brought out a new limited edition Seiko Prospex Speedtimer chronograph watch to celebrate the sporting heritage of Seiko and to pay tribute to the some 1,800 athletes that have been participating in the event.
The new Speedtimer is assembled by hand and is powered by the 8R46 caliber movement and like the 6139 caliber used in the original Speedtimer brought out in 1969, the 8R46 integrates the vertical clutch which means the gears are always engaged and a column wheel which controls the chronograph functions in the timepiece with both guaranteeing the highest levels of precision and durability.
The timepiece which is outfitted with a 42.5mm dial is mounted on a stainless steel bracelet which can be interchanged with a leather strap that is also included. The Prospex Speedtimer has a power reserve of 45 hours and has been brought out in a limited edition of just 400 pieces which have been available in Seiko boutiques as well as those of the house’s select partners since June.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette