Japanese brand Seiko has entered into an intriguing partnership: Resident Evil: Death Island. The new series consists of two limited edition Seiko Astron watches are made in collaboration with characters that appear in the film, wearing the new watches. The feature-length, fully computer-animated film is set in the world of the Japanese survival horror game, Resident Evil. This new version is the sequel to Resident Evil: Vendetta.
The collaborations are with the two main characters who travel to Alcatraz where horrors await them: Leon S. Kennedy for the Ref. SSH131; and Chris Redfield for the SSH129. Both watches are being made in a limited run of 600 pieces. Both are powered by the Caliber 5X53 solar powered GPS movement that is precise to +/- 15 seconds per month and with a power reserve that will operate for about six months when fully charged, and in power save mode for about two years.
The black titanium watches measure 42.7mm in diameter and boast Lumibrite hands and markers. Both watches feature a sapphire crystal and are water resistant to 10 bar. The many functions of the world’s first GPS Solar watch, the Seiko Astron GPS that was introduced in 2012, include a perpetual calendar to the year 2100, world time function for all 39 zones, dual-time function, GPS signal reception and time-transfer function for stitching between the main dial and the subsidiary dial, day display, Daylight Saving Time indication and more. The watches even provide precision information on altitude, longitude, latitude and more. The serial number of the watch is engraved on the case back, as is the title of the film: Resident Evil: Death Island.
The dials of each watch are different – as they represent the character they are made for. The Leon S. Kennedy version is in all black titanium with a gray-themed dial to match his denim and leather jackets and a black calf leather strap – all to reflect his resilience and his role as one of the most formidable bioterrorism agents.
The Chris Redfield version reflects the character’s strength, compassion and decisiveness, as well as his toughness. It is crafted in titanium with a metal bracelet and an angular bezel. The dial is gray green to match the uniform he wears in the film and has an asphalt-textured dial.