Seiko’s PHL edition watch looks to the sunrise

A WATCH exclusive to the Philippines tells us to look past these troubled times and look to the sunrise.

Seiko’s SRPH38K1 Prospex watch was unveiled at an online event last week. This piece follows the heels of the first Philippine edition Prospex, the SRPF33K1, launched in 2020. That first watch was inspired by the Tubbataha Reef. The SRPH38K1, meanwhile, is inspired by the sunrise.

It has a sapphire crystal with magnifier, a water resistance of 200 meters, 24 jewels, Day/Date display, stop second hand function, and an automatic movement with a manual winding capacity using Caliber 4R36. Its dial is a bright yellow, meant to evoke sunlight.

There are only 1,000 pieces in the market, with each costing P31,000.

Watch collector Jordan Bergantin, a speaker during the launch, said about the SRPH38K1, “What makes it unique is its color and the fact that it’s exclusive for us Pinoys.”

During the event, Seiko also unveiled the Prospex  SLA055 and SLA057, made with Seiko’s high grade steel and Zaratsu finish. The 055 only has 1,000 pieces in circulation, while the 057 only has 600 in circulation. A portion of the sales made in the Prospex Save the Ocean series will go into marine conservation efforts as a part of the brand’s initiative to support this cause and advocate to stop climate change. — JL Garcia