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Seiko Presage SARY081 Watch Review

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Seiko Presage SARY081 Watch Review
The Seiko Presage SARY081 is a gorgeous watch with a vintage charm; the dial really shines especially in well-lit rooms, and you can buy one at a price that won’t leave you struggling to pay for other bills. Showing off the chunky watch’s appearance is best reserved for formal occasions though, as it is too dressy to be worn on more casual settings.
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Seiko, for the influence it has in global watchmaking and the worldwide recognition it gained for creating among the most durable and innovative watches, is still ever loyal to its homeland. To this day, the brand that put Nihon in the map as one of the horological greats releases timepieces exclusive to its Japanese customers. In this setup, there are bound to be promising lines that would go under the radar of a non-Japanese customer and would only be accessible through intermediaries. We can only imagine the delight of Seiko fans when the brand decides to put a collection in wider release every now and then as it has done for its Cocktail Time watches, now under the global name Presage. Today, we’ll look into the Seiko Presage SARY081.

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Release Year: 2017

The Presage collection has only crossed non-Japanese Seiko fans’ consciousness recently, having been released in 2016. It was generally considered a good move for the company, introducing classy timepieces that have long been popular in Japan. The watches especially appeal to those who are drawn to vintage aesthetics and neat historical tidbits; for the Cocktail Time, Seiko has sought cocktail mixologists in the design.


  • Movement: Automatic, manual winding mechanism
  • Caliber: 4R57
  • Jewels: 29
  • Function: hours, minutes, date, power reserve, stop second hand
  • Case: stainless steel
  • Case dimensions (H x W x D): 47.55mm x 40.5mm x 14.4mm
  • Glass: box-shaped glass
  • Caseback: stainless steel and glass
  • Power reserve: ~41h
  • Water resistance: 5 bar


The Seiko Presage SARY081’s charm just jumps to you upon seeing the watch. The design may be classic, but it does not make its presence subtle, especially when compared to other dress watches. On the dial are sunray patterns that make the dial lovelier when the sun’s light touches them, but the effect is not what we would consider over-the-top. The watch, even with the date and power reserve indicators, do not look too busy. It is worth a space in your collection for being more than a thing of beauty; it also employs the shock-resistant Diashock as well as the Seiko-invented Magic Lever that reduces the time consumed for winding the mainspring. Moreover, the asking price for the SARY081 is among the most attractive of Seiko’s offers.


The SARY081 makes quite a presence on the wrist, but that is because the case is quite tall and thick. An owner may want to flaunt the piece as much as they can, but the watch isn’t versatile enough to be an everyday watch.

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