Ask any artist if their latest work is going to be a big popular success and most times the answer will be that they don't know. Sometimes that number 7 on an album turns out to be a song that really strikes a chord with the masses. Seiko had a similar thing with a model that inspired the now iconic Cocktail Time model line. The Seiko Presage SSA455J1 is part of this iconic line, more specifically the STAR BAR, and you can easily see why this model caught on so well. A dial like this is a stroke of genius. When it comes to dress watches the details and smallest nuances can make a huge impact, which is why it's so hard to make a truly inspiring model. What Seiko did was get the details just right. Everything from the domed Hardlex mineral crystal, the elegantly shaped 40.5mm (47.5mm lug to lug) case and the dauphine hands make the Cocktail Time into a very exciting watch that is a joy to look at each time you check the time. The dial signifies the ripples spreading out on a cocktail, combined with cutouts for the ripples, through which you can ee the movement.
Under the hood is the reliable mechanical, automatic, Seiko Cal. 4R72, which is also visible through the case back window. Of course this is an in-house Seiko movement, in line with the rich history of the brand.
With the Cocktail Time you are purchasing an iconic, high quality, watch that stands out in all the right ways and makes you realize that while the success may have been unexpected initially, it's entirely justified.
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