Seiko Presage Mechanical Automatic Urushi Byakudan-nuri Limited Edition SPB085J1
Seiko Presage Urushi Byakudan-Nuri Limited Edition
Limited Edition of 2,000pcs
The Seiko Presage SPB085J1 is a fine example of a mechanical watch that takes its inspiration from Japan’s everlasting fascination with the moon. Following on from the success of the recent release of a deep blue enamel dial that evoked the night sky, this new limited edition uses one of the most elaborate lacquer techniques of all, Byakudan-nuri, as well as traditional Urushi, to portray the rich tones of the sky and moon just before dawn.
First, the dials are made with the traditional Urushi technique in which jet black lacquer is painted by hand onto the metal base of the dial, dried and then polished. These processes are repeated several times until the craftsman has achieved the exact depth of black that he desires.
Byakudan-nuri is a technique that has been used for centuries to decorate Urushi lacquer and, because of the complexity of the craftsmanship involved, was reserved exclusively for use in places and on objects of high status, including temples, shrines and on the armor of Shogun warlords. Using a new layer of Urushi as the binding agent, the sub-dials are then sprinkled with a layer of very fine metallic powder. The whole dial is then repeatedly painted with a red-tinged semi-transparent Urushi lacquer and then each new layer is dried and polished for as many times as the craftsman deems necessary.
After the above then the craftsmen needs to add the moon, using the Maki-e technique, the crescent-shaped tip of the second hand is coated with gold powder, giving it a special texture that resembles the surface of the moon. The power reserve indicator evokes the brilliance of the crescent moon illuminated by the sun.
Automatic with manual winding capacity
Power Reserve: Approx. 45 hours
Accuracy: +25 to -15 seconds per day
Case Material: Stainless steel
See-through case back
Crystal: Curved sapphire
Glass Coating: Super-clear coating
Band Material: Crocodile leather
Case Size: Diameter: 40.5, Thickness: 12.8
Clasp: Three-fold clasp with push button release
LIMITED EDITION on the case back
Date hand and day hand
Water Resistance 10 bar
Power reserve display
Screw case back
Serial number engraved on the case back
Stop second hand function
Made in Japan
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