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Seiko 5 Sports Brian May 2022 Limited Edition

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An ongoing collab with Queen's legendary guitarist

Introducing a second collaboration model between Seiko 5 Sport and Brian May, guitarist of legendary rock band Queen. Brian's favorite guitar, the "Red Special," inspires this gold-colored design in the special series.

Throughout his career, rock legend Brian May has relied upon his "Red Special" Guitar to create the sound that helped make Queen one of the world's most admired and celebrated rock bands. And for more than 40 years, Brian has also worn a Seiko diver's watch whose enduringly popular design is the inspiration for the latest Seiko 5 Sports collection. Brian bought his Seiko watch while first on tour in Japan in the 1970s. Since then, his guitar and watch have travelled the globe together - making great music and keeping great time. 

Brian and his father made the original Red Special entirely by hand, using only hand tools. The neck was carved from the wood of an old fireplace, already 100 years old at the time. The body was made from block board with an ancient oak insert, coated with a mahogany veneer that Brian stained and polished himself. The innovative tremolo system, designed by Brian, featured a hand-carved mild steel rocker plate pivoting on a knife edge, with the strings' tension balanced by motorcycle valve springs. To complete the job, the tremolo arm was improvised from part of a bicycle saddlebag holder, capped with a piece of his mother's sturdy knitting needle. The Red Special is a labor of love that has uniquely served Brian on stage and in the studio for over half a century, being repeatedly evolved and refined till this day.

Through this Limited Edition, Seiko will donate a proportion of the sales proceeds to The Mercury Phoenix Trust with Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations in mind. The MPT is a charity organization founded by Brian May, Roger Taylor and Queen manager Jim Beach, in memory of Freddie Mercury, to help fund the fight against HIV/AIDS worldwide.

Specifications

  • Movement: Mechanical Automatic Caliber 4R36
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, unidirectional rotating bezel
  • Case: Stainless steel with gold colored finish
  • Diameter: 42.5mm
  • Thickness: 13.4mm
  • Crystal: Hardlex
  • Case Back: Exhibition with Brian May signature
  • Dial: Red & black, recreating details from May's "Red Special" guitar
  • Lug width: 22mm
  • Power Reserve: 41 hours
  • Water Resistance: 100 meters
  • Bracelet/Strap: NATO-style pass-through strap with stripes emulating guitar strings
  • Packaged in special collector's edition box inspired by guitar case
  • Limited Edition: 12,500 pieces

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