Out of almost nowhere, Seiko subtly releases the 5 Sports SRPJ41 and SRPJ43 with famous Japanese collage artist Kosuke Kawamura and exclusively at Watch Outz today - we proudly present these two limited editions.
Renowned for his collage-based style artwork, the celebrated graphic designer Kosuke Kawamura has been collaborating closely with numerous well-known contemporary apparel brands including G-Shock, Uniqlo, Adidas since the early 2000, creating collaboration T-shirts, jackets, books, DVDs, CDs and other hot selling consumer products. And for two consecutive seasons in 2020, the Hiroshima-born artist took on the role of Key Visual Creator for Rakuten Fashion Week TOKYO, which has proven to be a huge success.
Besides the fashion industry, Kosuke Kawamura has also taken an interest in working with popular Japanese Anime such as Gundam, Evangelion, and Akira. One of the most prominent exhibitions held in recent years has to be the Akira Art Wall Project x Nana-Nana Kosuke Kawamura.
And this time around, Kosuke Kawamura has selected the most versatile Seiko 5 Sports as his canvas to play with. Seiko 5 Sports has always been the most collaborated model in the Seiko family, giving designers a large range of dynamics for reinterpretation.
Inspired by the 1970’s Time Sonar, Kawamura boldly colors the SRPJ41 and SRPJ43 with transparent exhibition-colored dials. While the SRPJ41 features a vibrant Orange-Turquoise mix and match dial, the SRPJ43 adapts a softer Black-Teal combination.
The translucent two-tone colored SRPJ41 and SRPJ43 dials allow the mechanics of the day and date discs underneath to be distinctly visible. Instead of “Time Sonar”, a minimal print of “Automatic” is stamped on the surface with the usual day-date window at the 3 o’clock position. A uniquely distinguishable upward red triangle marked “Zero” at 12 o’clock takes on a retro vibe.
In terms of the bezel design, Kawamura touches the SRPJ41 and SRPJ43 with another retro accent with reference from the vintage Seiko 5 Rally Diver. Alongside the Japanese Kanji that can be seen on the date discs, the whole piece skillfully projects a sense of retro sci-fi notion that stems from the 80’s. All in all, the SRPJ41 and SRPJ43 are a total representation of the Japanese-infused pop culture.
The two Kosuke Kamamura Seiko 5 Sports SRPJ41 and SRPJ43 are extremely limited in that they are absolute art collectibles. The market price has continued to surge after their release and let’s just put it out there - they are not easy to get a hold of.
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Seiko 5 Sports Kosuke Kawamura Limited Edition
SRPJ43 Limited Edition of 500
SRPJ41 Limited Edition of 3000
Serial number engraved on caseback
Created in collaboration with collage artist Kosuke Kawamura
Includes Kawamura's signature on caseback, buckle and box
Automatic with manual winding capability
21,600 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: approximately 41 hours
Bi-color uni-directional rotating bezel
SRPJ43 - Translucent turquoise and black dial offering a view of the day/date disk
SRPJ41 - Translucent orange and teal dial offering a view of the day/date disk
English/Kanji day display
Luminous hands and markers
Screwdown see-through caseback
Case diameter: 42.5mm
Stainless steel case and bracelet
Tri-fold push button release clasp with lock
Additional black nylon strap
Water-resistant to 10 bar, 100 meters (330 feet)
Packaged in a Limited Edition collectors' box
SRPJ43 is delivered with an additional Nylon NATO strap