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The Long-Awaited Seiko SSC813P1 Speedtimer Solar Chronograph

4 min read March 28, 2022

SEITONA -Seiko SSC813 Prospex Speedtimer by Strapcode watch bands

All those among you who love history, and we know you’re not to be overlooked, are probably aware of how significant 1969 was to the events that changed the world for good. A short reminder for those who don’t: three of the most important events of that revolutionary year were the first Concorde flight, the Woodstock festival, and the first human landing on the moon.

These scientific and cultural milestones have had an immense influence over the future developments of our society and a massive impact on the way the world looks today. Yet, at the same time, their significance has somewhat cornered other groundbreaking events that happened that year.

Seiko Speedtimer SSC813 metal watch band by Strapcode

SSC813 Seiko Prospex is ready to shine through Hexad III QR Watch Band

 

One of those, related to the watchmaking history and well-worth the mention, is the appearance of the first-ever automatic chronograph. Seiko engineered it, beating their watchmaking competitors in a photo finish.

The official introduction of the 6139 movement – the world’s first automatic chronograph with a column wheel and vertical clutch, is undoubtedly one of the proudest moments in Seiko’s 140 years long and prosperous existence. Now, 50 and some years later, Seiko commemorated that pivotal moment with the release of six new chronograph watches.

 

The fresh additions to the Seiko Prospex Speedtimer collection

The six new members of the Seiko Speedtimer family belong to two groups. The first one consists of two mechanical chronographs, while the other counts four solar chronographs.
Each of the six new models builds on the tradition of the original release, keeping some of the iconic features and adding something of their own. Like Seiko fans are used to receiving all these years, making waiting for the new Speedtimer Seiko models to see the light of day worthwhile.

Standing tall among these new releases is the Seiko SSC813P1, our topic of the day. So, with great pleasure, let’s talk about what makes this wonderful watch unique.

Seiko Speedtimer SSC813 metal watch band by Strapcode

Seiko Seitona White SSC813P1 stylishly complemented by  Stainless Steel homage to ROLLBALL

 

Seiko Speedtimer Solar Chronograph SSC813P1

Like the other three watches from the Solar Chronograph re-edition bunch, SSC813 Seiko Prospex became available in November 2021. As a result, it features the same characteristics – that will be fully listed in one of the following paragraphs – as its other three siblings, SSC815, SSC817, and SSC819.

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4 Seiko Speedtimer Seitona SSC813, SSC815, SSC817 and SSC819


However, the white dial makes it easily distinguishable from the others. Three black sub-dials accompany the white dial. It makes perfect sense why this model is also called Seiko Panda chronograph, joining a selected group of Seiko watches having the same nickname.

And, that’s not all. SSC813 has another alternative name- Seitona. That one is inspired by several factors: appearance, quality, and pricing. Being of similar appearance as RX crown D-tona, while offering high quality and reliability at a fraction of the price, it’s a nickname well-deserved, too.

Still, the look is just one of the reasons why Seiko SSC813 Speedtimer quickly became popular and is already hard to get. Other reasons are included in the features it comes with.

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Seiko Prospex Speedtimer SSC813 at home with both black and brown Italian handcrafted leather watch straps

 

Seiko Speedtimer Solar SSC813P1 features

    • Seiko Caliber V192
    • Solar powered mechanism that boasts six months of power reserve on a full charge
    • 39mm diameter, 13.3mm thick Stainless Steel case
    • Screw Case Back and Crown
    • Two Pushers outside 2 O’clock and 4 O’clock markings
    • 20mm strap width
    • Out-of-the-box Stainless Steel strap with three-fold clasp and a push-button release
    • Curved Sapphire Crystal glass whose inner surface is covered in anti-reflective coating
    • Panda Dial – sandblast finished textured white dial with three black subdials
    • Black Bezel with Tachymeter markings at the edge of the dial
    • LumiBrite Hands and Indexes in beige color
    • Up to 60 minutes chronograph in 0.2 seconds steps
    • 100 meter/up to 10 bar Water-resistance
    • Date display right below 4 O’clock marking
    • Display of remaining electric power generation
    Seiko Speedtimer SSC813 leather watch straps by Strapcode

    Seiko Speedtimer SSC813P1 timeless elegance with one-piece NATO style brown Italian handmade leather watch strap


    The panda-style dial works as another asset of this magnificent watch – enabling multiple applications. The timeless elegance and universality of the black and white color combination make this watch highly versatile in terms of wearability with different clothing styles.

    For example, it perfectly complements the old-school and perpetually fashionable white shirt/black tie combination for classic business appearance, just as it feels at home with any casual black and/or white hoodie characteristic of a sporty casual style.

    Another great thing about Seitona is an excellent catalog of additional watch straps you can pair it with. Leather and stainless steel ones have already proved to be a stellar fit. However, it’s safe to say that, given SSC813P1’s color pattern, design, and increased desirability, dedicated straps made of other proven materials will soon become available.

    As always, make sure you regularly check our rich catalog. That way, you’ll be among the first to spot the latest additions to the collection of Seiko SSC813P1 compatible watch straps. And, grab one for yourself while the stocks last.

    Seiko Speedtimer SSC813 leather watch straps by Strapcode

    White SSC813 Seiko Prospex open to all combinations when it comes to rally racing watch straps, Grey and Brown


    To complete the list of things that build the universal appeal of the Seiko SSC813P1 is the aforementioned case size. A round shape and easy-wearing 39mm diameter makes this watch suitable for all wrist sizes.

    All in all, the sum of individual factors is that Seitona equally appeals to young and old, man and women, day and night, winter and summer. It’s a keeper, at home at all settings, and a guaranteed pleasure to wear for years.

    Moreover, it will probably be the ultimate go-to watch for many of its owners and the only watch they’ll ever need to meet all their requirements. So, it comes as no surprise that this new Prospex Speedtimer is already at the top of the wish list for a considerable number of Seiko lovers. We can only imagine how sought after in the years to come.


    External Ref : 

    Seiko Seitona White SSC813P1

    Seiko SSC813 ready for action in Camo military pattern leather disguise

     

    Written by S.K. , images by Toni


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