Seiko Ananta Automatic Chronograph Watch Review


Seiko has announced the development of its Ananta Automatic Chronograph Diver’s watch, which it says is a “celebration of Japan’s artistry”.

It is one of the watches in Seiko’s 130th anniversary collection and is limited to just 700 pieces. It will be available globally from autumn 2011. The Seiko Ananta watch movement, as well as the case, have been designed with divers and their safety in mind so they are extremely robust. The watch is fixed to the case with three clamps for extra strength - just two are normally used on Chronographs.

Seiko commissioned renowned lacquer artist Isshu Tamura to create a dial that is truly jet black, for maximum visibility under water. The dials are all hand-polished in Japan. A non-reflective coating on the sapphire glass has been used for extra legibility. 

Each watch comes in an exclusive 130th anniversary gift box, and serial numbers are engraved on the back of each watch case.

'Ananta' is a Sanskrit word, meaning 'infinite'. A spokesperson for Seiko said: "Ananta represents the dedication to perfection to which Japanese culture has always aspired, and to which Seiko has always been committed. The name Ananta expresses the essence of Seiko's continual dedication to go to and beyond the limits of the possible."