Seiko Revisits Its 1964 Olympic Watch With The LE Crown Chrono Recreation

When Tokyo was selected to host the 1964 Summer Olympic Games, the Island Nation called upon local horological outfit, Seiko to create an official time-keeping watch for the event, ultimately resulting in the first Japanese watch with a stopwatch function: the Crown Chronograph. Fast forward some 56-years later to today, and as Tokyo prepares to play host to the 2020 Olympics, Seiko is taking the opportunity to celebrate the iconic Crown Chronograph with a limited release recreation.

Based on the original Crown Chrono from ’64, the 2020 variant carries over many of the iconic features found on the first version such as easily-legible Arabic numerals and an identical crown and button setup. The new version of the watch gets a 41.3mm case, screw case back, date window, a chain-link bracelet — all alongside a 6R35 movement with 24 jewels, a 70-hour power reserve, and a stop second-hand function. Water-resistant to 328 feet, the Seiko Crown Chronograph watch is available in three colors, each of which will be limited to 1,964 units as a nod to the year of the original watch’s release. Each sold in a special gift box, this Presage Series Limited Edition Crown Chronograph goes on sale in March of 2020.

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