The Seiko Presage Cocktail Time fake watches UK are a bit of a cult classic amongst Seiko enthusiasts. First launched in 2010, the Cocktail Time was created in partnership with Shinobu Ishigaki, who is one of the world’s most highly regarded mixologists, and the proprietor of a bar in Shibuya district, Tokyo, known as Ishinohana Bar. Ishinohana Bar and Shinobu Ishigaki have been featured on Anthony Bourdain’s series, “No Reservations,” and his carefully made and elaborately garnished cocktails were the inspiration behind the original Cocktail Time watches, with their colorful sunburst dials. They came in three “flavors” – Cool, Dry, and a 300 piece limited edition Sweet model – used Seiko’s automatic 6R15 movement, and quickly became cult favorites.
The new Cocktail Time models just released this year are part of the Presage collection, which was launched by Seiko in 2016. There are a total of eight Cocktail Time models, using two movements: a time and date model, using Seiko caliber 4R35, and models using caliber 4R57, which has a central power reserve display. The model you see here is SRPB43, which has a light blue sunray dial, houses caliber 4R35, and comes in a 40.5mm x 11.8mm stainless steel case (part of the thickness is owing to the highly domed “box” crystal, which is part of the charm of the watch).
One look at the new Cocktail Time and you can immediately see why the originals were so popular. The Seiko fakewatches’ dial is extremely eye-catching; the sunray engraving reflects light in every direction, and the quality of the hands and markers is excellent, in keeping with Seiko’s habit of overdelivering on quality with those elements. The hour and minute hands are beveled, which gives the watch excellent legibility despite the rather busy background they have to contend with, and both the minute hand and the long, elegantly shaped blued steel seconds hand have gently radiused tips, which gives the watch a pleasingly anachronistic flavor (as does the domed crystal).
Caliber 4R35 Movement
Caliber 4R35 is part of the 4R family of movements which Seiko introduced in 2010 – these are a step up from Seiko’s entry level 7S series of movements, and offer the ability to hand-wind, as well as a stop seconds function. Frequency is 21,600 vph, and 4R35 runs in 23 jewels, with a power reserve of 41 hours. As is typical of Seiko movements at this price point, finish is cleanly utilitarian and it looks exactly like what it is: a machine designed to function precisely and reliably, rather than an exercise in haute horlogerie finishing.
There are two schools of thought with respect to open casebacks at this price level; one is that as there is “nothing to see” – that is, no flourishes of hand finishing to speak of – a display back is unnecessary and even undesirable. The opposing viewpoint is that if you are going to produce a mid-entry level mechanical watch, part of the fun is being able to see the mechanism, and objecting to a display back is too much of an exercise in inside-baseball purism to be really relevant to the discussion, which is kind of how I feel about it. Besides, it offers an interesting look at both the engineering and aesthetic decision-making behind one of the Seiko’s most widely produced in-house automatic movements.