The Seiko Presage Cocktail time has been in circulation since its initial launch in 2010 and has become a cult classic among enthusiasts of the brand. Seiko joined forces with Shinobu Ishigaki, the world-famous mixologist hailing from Tokyo’s Isihnohana Bar in the Shibuya district. Ishigaki, proprietor, and his bar were featured on an episode of “No Reservations,” the popular travel and food destination television series starring the late Anthony Bourdain. He’s the creator of some of the most elaborate cocktails on the planet and his artistic garnishes have inspired the creation of the Seiko Presage Cocktail Time.
The three flavors of the Seiko Presage Cocktail Time
Characterized by their sunbursts dials full of color, three types or “flavor” of the Presage Cocktail Time exist denoted as Cool, Dry and the Sweet model which is a limited production edition. The recently re-released Presage Cocktail Time SRPB43 didn’t need much of an introduction as the name says it all and it’s a timeless classic that has not been forgotten. When associated with a master mixologist, the knowledge of its inspiration releases the imagination to environ the true intent behind the design and presentation of the watch in its full glory.
Seiko Presage Cocktail Time SRPB43 – Price: $425
The cost is more than you’d pay for an average Seiko, but then again, this is no average Seiko. The linkage with the likes of ShiSuitable for every day use the wrist shot version of the Presage Cocktail Time indicates that it’s also at home in environments where high-end cocktails are served. With a look that indicates a love for adventure and enjoyment of the high life, it fits in with the crowd that appreciates the artistic creation of master mixologists as a spectator adding embellishments to the atmosphere. This watch has an outgoing personality from the glossy leather strap to the gleam of the smartly polished steel case.
The piece was launched in 2016 by Seiko with a total of eight models in the Seiko Presage Cocktail Time watch collection. The time and date version utilizes a Seiko caliber 4R35 movement and the others, a caliber 4R57 which feature a reserve display for convenience sake and offers a 41-hour reserve operating in 23 jewels. The movement has been brought forward from 2010, the year of its introduction as a part of the 4R line of movements. This was the upgraded replacement for the entry level 7S series previously utilized.
The sunray dial bears the same brilliant aesthetic as the original from 2010 with a highly reflective value that catches the eye. Light from every direction is captured and released in a vibrant display that is just enough without becoming glitzy. The beveled minute and hour hands add to the legibility of the engraved markers to which careful attention has been paid. The detailing is precise with all elements working together in harmony to create an imaginative yet classy aesthetic. The seconds’ hands are crafted of blued steel which was the best and most logical choice given the brilliance of the competing background. They’re the perfect shape and coloring and show up nicely on the dial.
The glimmering dial is housed within a 40.5mm x 11.8mm case made of highly polished stainless steel material. The height is increased to 14.5mm with the highly domed box-shaped crystal. The case back features an open styling that allows onlookers to behold the inner workings of the mechanics. The Seiko Presage Cocktail Time is water resistant up to 50 meters.
The Seiko Presage Cocktail Time re-issue is an updated version of the original available in a limited edition of just 300 pieces. This makes the reimagined watch a collectible in short supply that will only accrue in value over time with the proper care and maintenance. The overall assessment given the new Presage Cocktail is that it was presented at the right time for reviving a cult classic that is admired by so many Seiko enthusiasts. Affordable, reliable and brimming with character, the Presage Cocktail Time in its new presentation is one of those watches that will sell out fast and if you don’t get yours before they’re all gone, you’ll kick yourself years down the road, wishing you had when the prices for used examples soar beyond retail on auction sites.