Seiko and Video Game franchise Street Fighter V have teamed up to unveil six new Seiko 5 Sports creations, each inspired by the game’s central characters: Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Guile, Zangief and Blanka. Available worldwide at Seiko Boutiques and selected retailers from September 2020 onwards, each example is limited to 9,999 units.
The watch’s design is inspired by his classic “do-gi” Judo uniform, and the scratch-like marks across the bezel reflect the tough training required of Ryu to become a “true fighter”. At the 9 o’clock position is a simplified version of the iconic “Furinkazan” kanji characteristics on his gloves, which signify “as swift as the wind, as gentle as forest, as fierce as fire and as unshakable as the mountain.” These four characters are also printed on the back of the strap while the controller command for his special move, “Hadoken” is discreetly printed on the case back.
Ken – Rush ‘n’ Blaze
The watch’s red and yellow colour scheme is inspired by Ken’s costume and blonde hair. The dial also reflects his costume. The reverse side of the strap features the logo of his company, the Masters Foundation. The command for his signature move, “Shoryuken” is printed on the case back.
Chun-Li – Blue Jade
Chun-Li is all about Blue and Gold and that is exactly what inspires this reference. The same design on her dress collar is at 12 o’clock, and her spike bracelet inspires the indexes at six and nine o’clock. The dragon pattern on her waist belt is printed on the back of the strap, and her special move “Spinning Bird Kick” command is printed on the case back.
Guile – Indestructible Fortress
Guile’s uniform as Major of the US Air Force inspires the military camouflage-patterned dial and patch at the 6 o’clock position. At 9 o’clock is the “dog tag” of his best friend Charlie Nash that he keeps with him to cheer him up and stay sharp during fights. The command for Guile’s “Sonic boom” move is printed on the caseback.
Zangief – Iron Cyclone
As a kid I always remember using Zangief for all my fights. The dial’s design reflects the power of Zangief. The circular pressed pattern is reminiscent of his special move “Cyclone Lariat”. The large, bold Arabic figures and indexes, as well as the calendar display with a magnifying lens amplifies the overall look. Its nylon strap is a perfect expression of Zangief’s wrist band. The case back carries the command of his signature move “Screw Pile Driver”.
Blanka – Call Of The Wild
Blanka was probably my toughest opponent. Here, the bezel’s electric discharge pattern is inspired by the character’s special “ Electric Thunder” move. The dial’s pressed spinning design is based on Blanka’s iconic rolling attacks, and the indexes are reminiscent of his sharp teeth. An affectionate “Blanka Chan” doll’s image is printed on the back of the nylon strap. The command for Blanka’s “Electric Thunder” move is printed on the caseback.
Powering these watches are Seiko’s tried and trusted automatic Caliber 4R36, with 24 jewels, optional manual-winding, a 41 hour power reserve and a hacking second hand. All are water resistant to 10 bar and have see-through case backs.