In honour of the 55th anniversary of the Seiko 5 Sports collection, the brand is marking the occasion with not just one, but a total of four releases. These launches have been rolling out steadily since the start of this year, generating a high level of anticipation among enthusiasts who have been admiring the already unveiled timepieces. Currently, the latest release is the Seiko 5 Sports Automatic Masked Rider watch. Ready to discover the Seiko 5 Sports 55th Anniversary limited edition!
Anyone who values quality and casual design has surely come across the iconic Seiko 5 Sports series at some point. Its status stems from its enduring presence in the market since the 1960s, capturing the hearts of watch enthusiasts to this day. What sets the series apart are the five defining characteristics that make every Seiko 5 Sports watch unmistakable. Strictly speaking, all Seiko 5 Sports watches are automatic, come with a day of the week and month display at 3 o'clock, have a crown at 4 o'clock and they boast sturdy stainless steel cases and a water resistance of at least 5 ATM. All this makes them quite easy to recognise. Moreover, Seiko 5 Sports watches have original designs and captivating colours, often inspired by games, traditions and Japanese culture.
Masked Rider is a popular 1970s sci-fi series in Japan, telling the story of a masked rider fighting evil forces while cruising on a motorbike. It's interesting to note that Seiko has once produced a watch tied to the production, and the current Seiko 5 Sports Automatic Masked Rider SRPJ91 is a very successful reissue that meets modern market standards. The makers drew inspiration from the original Seiko 5 model worn by Takeshi Hongo, the protagonist of the series.
The dial features the red seconds hand and luminescence on hands and indices. The design has been enhanced with details inspired by the Masked Rider, e.g. a texture of the dial resembles the helmet of the warrior and a red lining of the strap is inspired by the character's iconic scarf. Additionally, a caseback proudly displays the Tachibana Racing logo alongside a unique limitation number. The timepiece is meticulously presented in a collector's box. The edition is limited to only 4,000 pieces.
Previously, Seiko unveiled three special editions in celebration of the 55th anniversary of the Seiko 5 Sports collection. Among them, the first edition that closely resembles the current release is the Seiko 5 Sports Ultra Guard SRPJ79. This particular timepiece drew inspiration from a fictional sci-fi character, much like the present version. The second edition consisted of not just one watch, but four unique Seiko 5 Sports Customize Campaign watches. Each of them featured colours inspired by previous models. The third release, Seiko 5 Sports COIN PARKING DELIVERY SRPK02, was particularly intriguing. The watch was the result of a collaboration with a renowned artist, who creates, paints and works with well-known brands including Adidas, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.