If you’re a watch enthusiasts who also enjoys video games, the watches we’ll be discussing today may certainly be of interest to you. Seiko has recently teamed up with video game ‘Street Fighter V’, and released six special limited-edition Seiko 5 sports watches that are inspired by the game’s characters.
Each of the six watches are inspired by the game’s core characters: Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Guile, Zangief and Blanka. The series will be available worldwide at Seiko Boutiques and various retailing partners in September as limited editions of 9999 each. So, here they are, model by model.
The watch’s colors and design were inspired by Ryu’s classic “do-gi” Judo uniform, and the scratch-like marks across the bezel reflects on the tough training required of Ryu to become a “true fighter”. At the 9 o’clock position is a simplified version of the iconic “Furinkazan” kanji characteristics on his gloves, which signify “as swift as the wind, as gentle as forest, as fierce as fire and as unshakable as the mountain.” These four characters are also printed on the back of the strap while the controller command for his special move, “Hadoken” is printed on the case back.
The watch color combination of blue and gold brings to life Chun-Li’s China dress.
The same design on her dress collar is at 12 o’clock, and her spike bracelet inspires the indexes at six and nine o’clock.
The beautiful dragon pattern on her waist belt is printed on the strap back, and her special move “Spinning Bird Kick” command is printed on the case back.
Ken’s costume and blond hair are captured in the watch’s red and yellow color scheme, and his costume design is also reflected in the dial. At the reverse side of the strap end is the logo of his company, the Masters Foundation, showing another side to his identity. The command for one of the most known moves of the game, “Shoryuken” is printed on the case back.
Guile’s uniform as a Major of the US Air Force inspires the military camouflage-patterned dial and patch at the 6 o’clock position.
At 9 o’clock is the “dog tag” of his best friend Charlie Nash that he keeps with him to commemorate their friendship.
On the case back is printed the command for Guile’s special move, “Sonic boom”.
The SRPF23 features a green-and-yellow electrical discharge pattern, representing Blanka’s special move, the “Electric Thunder,” which like the other special moves represented in the collection is also referenced on the case back.
The pressed, spinning motif in the middle of the green-tinted dial is inspired by Blanka’s rolling attack.
The dial’s gray indexes are shaped to represent his sharp teeth. An image of a “Blanka Chan” doll is printed on the back of the red-and-green Nato strap.
The designs and colors used on the SRPF24 model was inspired from ‘Zangief’, a muscular wrestler from the Soviet Union. The circular pressed pattern is reminiscent of his special move “Cyclone Lariat”. The large, bold Arabic figures and indexes, as well as the calendar display with a magnifying lens adds impact to the watch. Its nylon strap is a perfect expression of Zangief’s wrist band. The case back carries the command of his move “Screw Pile Driver”.
Each watch in the Seiko Street Fighter series is a limited edition with 9,999 pieces available in the world. Every watch is individually numbered on the outer edge of the clear case back.
Seiko 5 Sports x Street Fighter V Limited Editions
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Diameter: 42.5 mm
Height: 13.3 mm
Water resistance: 100 m
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, day, and date
Frequency: 21,600 beats per hour (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 41 hours
Strap: Calfskin or fabric depending on model
Limited edition: 9,999 pieces each
Availability: At Seiko Boutiques and selected retailers from September
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Written by Sam
Photo by Toni