One of their best-selling watches to ever exist, the Seiko Presage Cocktail is a watch line within Seiko that blends dressy and casual so perfectly well. With Seiko’s extensive experience making watches it is no surprise that they have crafted an excellent timepiece with a fantastic theme, cocktails! Just like with a cocktail, they can be drunk in a formal setting like a high-rise bar in Paris overlooking the Eiffel tower, or by the pool in nothing but your bathing suit. Seiko as a watch maker is so well known worldwide for their iconic designs that make for great everyday watches you can wear for almost all circumstances.

Seiko History. The Cocktail Presage really punches a few leagues higher than its price point would suggest and it makes a fantastic addition to any watch collectors’ collection. Today we are going over everything you need to know about the Seiko Presage Cocktail so you can learn why this is such an incredible watch.

From its humble and very small beginnings in a little shop in Tokyo to becoming a global leader in watchmaking, Seiko's journey has been thanks to their relentless innovation, craftsmanship, and a commitment to excellence. The founder, Kintaro Hattori, was soon opening a watch shop called Seikosha in 1892 which would mark the first Seiko factory to start producing watches. However, it wasn’t until some 20 years later that they began producing wrist watches instead of clocks, this was then the beginning of the journey of the famous presage. Seiko really made its name stand front and centre in the watch world with their innovation that would go on to significantly impact and shape the watch industry. Seiko's relentless pursuit of innovation led to several ground-breaking achievements in the watch industry, the main one being the first ever quartz watch. 

Seiko's first kinetic watch

Later on in 1986, Seiko unveiled their Kinetic watch, which converts kinetic energy from wrist movements into electrical energy. This innovation highlighted Seiko's commitment to sustainability and its prowess in developing energy-efficient technologies. Now granted this had already been created by other brands like Rolex, Omega and Tag Heuer, however Seiko would then later go on to take it a step further and build on that mechanical movement to create something rather special. This led to them using their mechanical movement in some of their dressier pieces like the Seiko Presage, but it would still take them around 25 years to create their perfect dress watch. Seiko focused heavily on developing their diver watches first before realising that they could use their high skill sets in dial creations to create something rather special. Whilst Seiko had various other forms of dress watches in their line up, all of them featured your typical plain dial colours. Nothing wrong with that at all but Seiko wanted to spice their dress pieces up a bit more to appeal to a wider audience, and that is exactly what they went ahead and did.

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Presage Seiko

The Seiko Presage line was officially introduced back in 2010, representing a culmination of Seiko's rich heritage and technical prowess both case and dial wise. However, its roots can be traced back to much earlier times. The philosophy behind Presage is deeply embedded in Seiko's history of mechanical watchmaking, which gained significant recognition during the 1960s and 70s, a period marked by Seiko’s monumental achievements in watchmaking, including the introduction of the Seiko 5 series and the Grand Seiko. Presage watches are renowned for their meticulous craftsmanship, often incorporating traditional Japanese techniques often featuring quite distinct dials to make them stand out from any of their other watches.

Enamel dials were frequently used on their Seiko Presage models as they offer an excellent appearance. The creation of enamel dials involves a painstaking process where powdered glass is applied and fired multiple times to achieve a deep, lustrous finish. This technique, which has been perfected over centuries, ensures that each dial is unique and possesses a timeless beauty. The distinct and unique aesthetic element of each enamel dial makes them popular among watch aficionados because each one cannot be replicated synthetically. Enamelling involves the application of a fine coat of ground glass to the base of the dial (often a metal disc), which is then heated to ultra-high temperatures. During this process called firing, a fusion between the ground-up enamel and the metal base occurs, creating a mesmerising dial with a radiant gleam.

The next type of dial unique to their Preage line are their Urushi lacquer ones. Another traditional Japanese art form featured in Presage watches is urushi lacquer. Derived from the sap of the urushi tree, this lacquer is applied in thin layers to create a rich, glossy finish. This technique dates back to the Jomon period (10,000 BCE) and adds a touch of historical elegance to modern timepieces. Finally, the last type of dial material they use for their models is porcelain. Seiko collaborates with skilled artisans from the Arita region, famous for its porcelain, to create exquisite porcelain dials. These dials are celebrated for their smooth texture and durability, reflecting Seiko's commitment to quality and heritage.

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While Presage is deeply rooted in traditional craftsmanship, it also embodies Seiko's technological advancements. The collection features mechanical movements that are both reliable and precise, showcasing the brand’s mastery in watchmaking. Key movements in the Presage line include the 4R, 6R, and 8R series, known for their robustness and accuracy. In 2006 came their 6R series that includes both the 6R15 and 6R20, movements that offer enhanced precision and a longer power reserve, catering to enthusiasts who demand both performance and reliability. Then, in 2009 Seiko introduced the 8R movement, specifically the 8R48 chronograph movement, equipped with a column wheel and vertical clutch, exemplifies Seiko's expertise in creating high-performance mechanical watches. Then finally, in 2011 Seiko released the 4R Series movements which includes the 4R35 and 4R36 movements are workhorses, known for their durability and functionality, featuring automatic winding, manual winding capability, and hacking seconds. 

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Seiko Presage Cocktails dials

Unsurprisingly the Seiko Presage cocktail is inspired by classic cocktail bars, these watches feature stunning sunburst dials and intricate patterns, capturing the essence of sophistication and elegance. Reflecting their colours, textures, and the ambiance of the bar setting the dials are the centrepiece of these watches, featuring intricate patterns and vibrant hues that mirror the rich aesthetics of finely crafted drinks. With their striking high-polished sword hands and large cone crowns, they are very much an iconic watch from Seiko with well over 20 models to choose from. Each version normally comes in two key variations, one with your classic three hands and date window at the 9 o’clock position. The other variant features a power reserve indication and a date indicator in a small dial at the 6 o'clock position, this adds almost an extra 3mm thickness over the simpler model, at 14.4mm thick the regular model is 11.8mm thick.

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The first one is their Skydiving (SRPB43J1) which was introduced back in 2010 and became a huge hit at the time and still today with its striking baby blue sunburst metallic dial evoking the deep, inviting colour of a clear sky. This watch can either come on a dark brown leather strap or their 5-link dressy bracelet. Their next one is the Stinger (SRPB47J1), featuring a green dial, the Stinger model captures the essence of its namesake cocktail, with a textured finish that adds depth and character. With green dials gaining in popularity this model became a huge hit for Seiko as well. For good reason too as each of these models are stunning and make for an excellent watch to wear on your wrist into a fancy cocktail bar. 

Rubber strap ZEALANDE for Yatch Master

Another very popular one is the Manhattan (SRPB46J1). Reflecting the classic Manhattan cocktail, this model boasts a warm, rich brown dial with a sunburst effect, reminiscent of the drink's deep amber hue with a stunning dark brown leather strap to match its dial. You can’t make a cocktail line of watches without making a Martini and Espresso Martini so Seiko created the Martini (SRPE19J1). The Martini-inspired model features a sleek, silver dial with a radial pattern, embodying the timeless elegance of the iconic cocktail. Having either that clear-ish colour dial or a striking fume grey dial, this is a great option if you want something a bit different compared to your standard black dial. 

The iconic watch for Seiko

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Their best-selling model is their Blue Moon model, it features a stunning navy blue dial with silver indices offering a sharp and elegant contrast. The Blue Moon (SRPB41) has a sunburnt dial that truly is one of their most mesmerising dials out of all their cocktail timepieces. For those looking for a colour scheme and cocktail that has never failed, the Seiko Old Fashioned has a classic gold case with a brown dial. The SRPD36 can never be out of place and with its dimensions it can easily slide under a cuff giving you that perfect dress watch look with a slight elegant flare to it. This can also be said for any one of their many different variations as they all share those perfect proportions and high-polished finishing to make them shine bright. All models feature an open case back to show off a Seiko decorated movement and both the leather strap and metal bracelet come with a deployment clasp. You can tell Seiko have really tried to create the perfect daily watch for anyone regardless of their job or lifestyle.

As far as rubber straps go for your Seiko, you’re in luck if you own one of Seiko’s most popular watch, the presage cocktail because ZEALANDE make a perfectly fitted rubber strap for it! The ZEALANDE strap hugs the Seiko Presage Cocktail case perfectly giving that perfect contrast between elegant dress watch and sporty rubber which helps put the emphasis and focus of attention on the beautiful Seiko case. With there being so many different dial colours within the Presage Cocktail line, you can choose from X colours at ZEALANDE to get the perfect strap to make your watch really pop when on your wrist. Not to mention, your wearing experience will be unbelievably comfy as the soft yet durable FKM rubber makes for a very smooth touch against the skin and in the colour black looks very dressy and smart. The 5 link style bracelet that comes with the Presage Cocktail does not have any micro adjustment so for those warmer Summer months a ZEALANDE rubber strap can really help you out with your wrist swelling and contracting requiring those fine adjustments from your strap.

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And there you have it, everything you need to know about Seiko Presage Cocktail, it really is a model of Seiko’s worth every bit of attention as their history is quite impressive. Their cocktail timepieces cater to so many different tastes and sizes and make for excellent watches for any sort of occasion. Everyone cannot help but smile when they see someone wearing one, they might not cost as much as the other brands but they still look great and have every bit of respect as other brands do. The way the Seiko Presage Cocktail looks so good with pretty much any outfit you have is another huge plus, it will always make you look that bit more refined thanks to their elegant stunning dials. They really are worth looking at and now you know more about its history you’ll be able to appreciate just how great of a watch it truly is.