We had the delight to go active with the Seiko Presage Urushi Byakudan-nuri, or reference SPB085. I say joy, however this watch has a dial that is very hard to catch if you’re without the appropriate hardware. Also, it is by and large that dial that makes this Seiko Presage SPB085 so special.

Although Seiko is surging out restricted versions like there is no tomorrow (much the same as numerous different brands), I need to say that a large number of them basically look shocking also. The interest from the market is for restricted versions, so marks like Seiko essentially satisfy them by delivering one now and again. Recently during an occasion we coordinated with Blancpain, one of the visitors said something that restricted versions weren’t truly ‘a thing’ 10-15 years prior. Indeed, they really were obviously, as we see additionally many restricted versions of specific watches from the 1990s and 2000s, I simply imagine that the market wasn’t however straightforward as it could be today. As a result of the web, it is quickly ‘out there’ when a brand is delivering a restricted or uncommon version for a particular country or market for instance. Before, just individuals in that market (or nation) would think about it. All things considered, I attempt to take a gander at the actual watch in the event that I simply like it or not, not explicitly as a restricted or uncommon release. As far as I might be concerned, that’s never a genuine motivation to buy a watch, possibly I like it or I don’t.

Seiko Presage SPB085

I don’t think the Presage needs a presentation, however in the event that you need to peruse more about this Seiko assortment, you can peruse our past articles on these watches in our Seiko section . Seiko pays attention to subtleties very, and the Presage assortment is particularly – as I would like to think – about dials. In the past we showed you this beautiful  Sakura Fubuki edition and the  SPB069 with wonderful blue veneer dial , both restricted versions also, of course.

Shogun’s Armor

This new Presage SPB085 passes by the name, as you’ve read in the title and presentation of this article, Urushi Byakudan-nuri. Presently, this necessities some clarification. These names, Urushi and Byakudan-nuri, are the names of veneer methods. There are diverse enamel strategies that differ in complexity or trouble, the Urushi and Byakudan-nuri procedures are viewed as the most intricate ones. Seiko’s Presage reference SPB085 utilizes a combination of these finish strategies to make colors that ought to help you to remember the sky and moon not long before first light. I kid you not. It doesn’t stop to astonish me how Seiko (and Grand Seiko) comes up with these sort of depictions, which are frequently very right on target (recall Snowflake or Mt Iwate?). I may sound somewhat skeptical, and obviously I compose this cheerfully, however that doesn’t remove anything from the true appreciation I have for these lacquered dials. What Seiko advises us, is that these polish methods were used almost solely for significant spots (like sanctuaries and sanctums) or items like the shield of Shogun warlords. Furthermore, presently, for Seiko’s Presage SPB085.


Not just the methods as referenced above are utilized for the SPB085’s dial, however there’s likewise the Maki-e procedure. In the first place, the dial is made ebony with a hand-painted dark veneer. It is straightforwardly painted on the metal base of the dial, at that point dried, following by cleaning. This is the Urushi strategy. It is being rehashed by the craftsman until the ideal degree of dark has been accomplished. The subdials, as should be obvious, are then sprinkled with a metallic powder. It now should be repainted with a red-touched hazy Urushi finish once more. These means are rehashed until the necessary impact (of a pleasant dark red tone) is accomplished. For the moon molded force hold pointer, the Maki-e method is being utilized. Similarly as with the Byakudan-nuri method, the bow is first covered with a layer of Urushi veneer that goes about as the cement to the fine, plated hued powder that is then applied to it. When the powder is on the dial, the expert tenderly taps it to scatter the powder equitably across the surface and afterward utilizes his own extraordinarily picked material to consummate the surface. Each dial is the consequence of meticulous endeavors over various weeks since this Byakudan-nuri strategy requires any longer than is required for a basic Urushi dial.

These dials are completely done by hand in the studio of Urushi ace Isshu Tamura, in the Hokuriku district of Honshu (Japan’s primary island). All Urushi dials that are utilized for the Seiko Presage assortment have been made under his supervision.

The Watch

Aside from the dial and the craftsmanship that goes into it, let’s likewise investigate the Seiko Presage SPB085 altogether. The dial is obviously one of the primary attractions here, and presumably definitive on both the wannahave-factor just as the sticker price of the watch. Seiko Presage watches start at 410 Euro, go up to four digits however beneath the situating of Grand Seiko. Where the section level Presage models have a type 4R development, the more costly models have a 6R type or even the chronograph 8R development. Intriguing to note here is that the 6R type Presage SPB085 I am discussing here, has another element compared to the current 6R type Presage models. You may have seen it effectively on the pictures, however this Seiko Presage SPB085 with lovely lacquered dial has seven days pointer at 3 o’clock. The date marker is at 6 o’clock and at 9 o’clock you will discover the aforementioned crescent with the force save indicator.

6R21 Movement

The 6R type developments are a stage over the 4R developments and the 8R developments are fundamentally the more complex chronograph developments in this reach. For this Presage SPB085, Seiko presented the work day marker at 3 o’clock. Different highlights were at that point existing in the 6R27 development from the equivalent series.

This development has a force save of 45 hours (the pointer on the dial shows 0-10-20-30-40 and the sickle proceeds with somewhat after ’40’) and the ticking number is 28800vph. Through the straightforward caseback, you will actually want to appreciate the view on the type 6R21 movement.

As you can see, the completing of the development is extremely satisfying to the eyes. Tokyo striping on the rotor for instance and a blend of brushed and cleaned completing on the plates. The rotor has been engraved and gold-loaded up with all important data. The crown is marked and huge enough to handle and wind & set the watch.

The bezel of the case back contains a ton of data you don’t fundamentally need to know. Be that as it may, in the event that you are purchasing a restricted release, it is at any rate ideal to know the extraordinary number of the watch. For this situation, it shows 0001/2000, however don’t stress (in the event that you are after the no.1), this one is an example model that movements around the world.

SPB085 On The Wrist

With a measurement of 40.5mm, the Seiko Presage Urushi Byakudan-nuri restricted version presumably fits most wrists. While a portion of the Presage models, like the SSA363J1 with type 4R developments have a somewhat thick case, this SPB085 model has a 12.8mm thickness. Not by and large your super dainty watch, but rather with a 40.5mm distance across and a schedule complication I think it is fine.

The Seiko Presage SPB085 comes on a croc tie with a collapsing clasp. A gorgeous combination, particularly with the lacquered dial a touch of ‘chic’ is set up here. On the dial there’s a ton going on, with the force save pointer, the work day and date subdials just as the utilization of various tones. In any case, the intelligibility of the watch is great. The enormous Roman numerals probably won’t be to everyone’s loving (I might have finished with more unassuming stick markers or possibly more modest numerals), however it gives the watch an exemplary touch.

Limited to 2000 pieces worldwide and the watch has a retail cost of 2500 Euro (counting VAT). It will be accessible in December 2018 at chose Seiko stores and vendors. The cost of 2500 Euro may appear to be a little steep compared to a portion of the other Presage models, yet remember that this hand-made dial is really exceptional and included numerous long periods of craftsmanship.