Queen guitarist Brian May has worn a Seiko diver’s watch since the 1970s when he purchased his first Seiko in Japan. May’s Red Special guitar now inspires a new Seiko 5 Sports watch whose dial echoes the design of the guitar, built by May and his father in the early 1960s.
The new watch features Seiko caliber 4R36, a Hardlex crystal, a 42.5mm steel case and a red-and-black colored dial that echoes the Red Special, including a delicate wood-like pattern like the body of the guitar.
The watch is offered as a limited edition of 9,000 with Brian’s signature on the case back and comes with a special presentation box designed on the lines of the Red Special’s custom flight case.
The presentation box also contains a commemorative coin that is based on the sixpenny piece that he has used throughout his career as a guitar pick. The watch is presented on a black nylon strap designed to mirror the strap that Brian now uses on his guitar. Available in May 2020. Price: 560 euros, or about $620.
Specifications: Seiko 5 Sports Brian May Limited Edition (SRPE83K1)
Caliber: Automatic Seiko 4R36, 21,600 bph, with a power reserve of 41 hours
Case: 42.5mm by 13.4mm stainless steel, 100 meters of water resistance, Hardlex crystal, clear screw-down caseback.
Dial: Red and black with wood grain pattern, Lumibrite on hands and indexes
Strap: Black nylon