90th Anniversary of the First Japanese Railway Watch

This year marks the 90th Anniversary of the first domestic Japanese railway watch that was produced by Seiko in 1929. This watch was adopted as an official railway timepiece by the Japanese Ministry of Railways in the same year and established Seiko as the dominant provider of railway watches within the country that continues today.

To commemorate this anniversary Seiko released the SVBR007 on the 11th of October 2019, with a list price of 60,000円. The release is limited to 1014 pieces, making reference to October 14th, this is Railway Day – Tetsudo no hi (鉄道の日) in Japan.

The watch has a stainless steel case with gold colored plating and is paired with a purple lanyard. The hour and minute hands are blued while the seconds hand remains black. The white dial was marked with the numerals utilizing the same font that was used on the original 1929 model.

The watch came with a presentation box that housed a watch holder that can be used as a desktop stand.

While in Japan I picked up an example of this watch to include in my collection of Seiko Railway watches. I have added this watch to the article on the history of Seiko Railway watches that details the different models that have been released over the last 90 years.