At the end of 2020, Seiko have released yet another Japanese pop culture collaboration with Naruto & Boruto series, which is one of the biggest-selling manga series in history.
The series has sold 250 million copies worldwide. This Japanese anime series tells the story of the adventures of a young ninja, Naruto Uzumaki, while the spin-off series, Boruto, focuses mainly on Naruto’s son. Seiko debuts this special collection with seven limited edition watch models, where each represents a main character from the story.
All seven models are made of stainless steel, with dimensions of 42.5mm in diameter, 13.4mm in thickness, and the 4 o’clock crown. You’ll also find detailed date-of-day at 3 o’clock on each model. Everything is powered by the automatic 4R36 caliber Seiko movement, with a power reserve of 41 hours. All seven models are water resistant of up to 100 meters and have a transparent back case that displays Seiko’s movement. Each of the seven watches in this series are limited to 6500 units each.
‘Naruto’ SBSA092 is a design tribute to the series most iconic and recognized character. With a design that shows Naruto’s signature orange outfit, the Nato strap uses a nylon material that matches Naruto’s outfit, which is also in orange with a blue stripe down in the middle. The bezel has a shadow effect, symbolizes the nature of Naruto’s character who is tired of fighting. At the 12 o’clock mark is the same symbol found on Naruto’s headband. The symbol at 12 o’clock is the mark of the ‘hidden leaf’, a symbol of the village where Naruto comes from. Naruto’s ultimate technique is called “Rasengan”, which inspired a spiral dial pattern with an orange color that slowly fades to black. This combination creates an excellent smoke effect and enhances the overall aesthetic of the watch. According to Seiko, the nine orange indexes hint at the spirit of the Nine-Tails, that is, the fox spirit character sealed within Naruto.
‘Gaara’ The dial is inspired by sand, an element associated with the character Gaara. The kanji for “love” at the one o’clock position makes Gaara and the One-Tailed beast, ‘Shukaku’, who is sealed inside comes alive. The bezel, from 0 to 15, matches the sand element. The rest of the show is a striking dark gray. The marker on the dial is triangular in sharp gray color, while the 12 o’clock triangle marker is highlighted beige to match the hour and minute hands. The logo-inspired pattern on the pumpkin is visible on the inner bezel and back cover. This watch is the only watch in the Naruto collection that has a sand-brown case.
Seiko went the extra mile to encapsulate each timepiece in a special packaging inspired by the Heaven and Earth Scrolls from the Chunin Exams, an wide scale examination intended to test a junior ninja’s ability in order to be considered for a promotion to a higher rank.
For those who are interested in the Seiko Naruto and Boruto limited edition watch collection, they are now available for purchase. Each model is limited to 6,500 pieces.
- Caliber Number: 4R36
- Movement Type: Automatic with manual winding capacity
- Power Reserve: Approx. 41 hours
- Case Material: Stainless steel
- Crystal: Hardlex
- LumiBrite: Lumibrite on hands and index
- Band Material: Nylon
- Water Resistance: 10 bar
- Case Size: Thickness: 13.4 ㎜, Diameter: 42.5 ㎜, Length: 46 ㎜
- LIMITED EDITION on the case back
- Screw case back
- See-through case back
- Serial number engraved on the case back
- Unidirectional rotating bezel
- 24 jewels
- Day/Date display
- Stop second hand function
- LIMITED 6500
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Written by Sam
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