HANDS-ON with Seiko’s rare Izul

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HANDS-ON with Seiko’s rare Izul

Post by koimaster » February 14th 2022, 10:37am

Sometimes it feels as though the world of high-end Seikos is a niche ‘connoisseurs’ club where the assumption is that, by and large, the average watch enthusiast (let alone the average punter) has no idea of the existence of these watches. The fact that some of them (especially the Grand Seikos) are quite unassuming adds to this almost clubby feeling. Their scarcity in many worldwide markets (not to mention the ‘Japan only’ models that are difficult to find out about, let alone obtain) adds another layer to their aura.

One of these Seiko lines, about which I’ve written before, is the Spring Drive. Within the Spring Drive line there was, for a brief two years between 2007 and 2009, a series of models called Izul, the only known Spring Drives that used the automatic Calibre 5R85 (49 jewels) sans GMT function, with a power reserve of 72 hours.

https://horologium.com.au/2012/10/01/ha ... rare-izul/


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