Introducing a second collaboration model between Seiko 5 Sports 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.
Brian Harold May
All through his profession, rock legend Brian May has relied upon his “Red Special” Guitar to create the sound that helped make Queen one of many world’s most admired and celebrated rock bands. He has additionally relied on Seiko. For greater than 40 years, Brian has 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 traveled the globe together – making great music and keeping a great time.
The “Red Special” guitar
Brian and his father made the guitar entirely by hand, using solely hand tools. The neck was carved from the wood of an old fireplace, already 100 years old at the time. The body was produced from blockboard 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 bike valve springs. To complete the job, the tremolo arm was improvised from a part of a bicycle saddlebag holder, capped with a piece of his mom’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.
Dial & Case
As with the primary collaboration model, the dial recreates the fine details of the legendary guitar with a pressed pattern reminiscent of the texture of the wooden, its glossy finish, and gradated coloring.
This case is a special gold-color version, requested by Brian himself, impressed by the newly released ‘Gold Series’ reissues of his solo albums.
The nylon strap is decorated with vertical stripes designed to resemble guitar strings.
The watch is offered as a limited edition with Brian’s signature on the case back alongside “Limited Edition” and the serial number 00001/12500 – 12500/12500.
The presentation box which accompanies the piece is reminiscent of a guitar case and comes with a replica of the ‘lucky sixpence’ coin which Brian uses instead of a guitar pick. Both highlight this timepiece as a special watch to be worn and loved in addition to a really perfect collector’s piece.
Limited to 12,500 pieces, this collector’s piece is available in a special presentation box that appears like a guitar case, complete with a lucky sixpence coin. Price € 620.
Seiko 5 Sport x Brian May Limited Edition Features
- Water Resistance: 10 bar
- Thickness: 13.4 ㎜
- Diameter: 42.5 ㎜
- Length: 46 ㎜
- Weight: 94.0 g
Seiko 5 Sport x Brian May Limited Edition Other Specs
- Limited Edition on the case back
- Screw case back
- See-through case back
- Serial number engraved on the case back
- Unidirectional rotating bezel