Seiko’s Dolce & Exceline was meant to be a luxury dress watch featuring high quality and dignity (i.e. Graceful & Excellent). Therefore an orthodox design was chosen - even though sometimes so very Japanese - that could be used for a long time. High quality cases were the norm, such as 18-karat gold, carbide, thick gold-plated, platinum-plated and/or a combination of it all. The movement included GS like high precision calibers measuring yearly differences.
A high quality band is used for both metal and leather, sapphire glass as a matter of course. The product line was targeted at men and women with a focus on mature adults with purchasing power.
However, Seiko seems to have decided that the 8F caliber was just too competitive with caliber 8J inside their Grand Seikos, so these were phased out. It is a sobering thought that as even Grand Seiko did not have the calendar programmed into the movement.. which one is the better value?
Indeed, there are many worthy 8F watches to compete with GS, the Red Alpinist for which you pay the same as a vintage Grand Seiko, the Prospex, the Landtrek or the Perpetual calendar. All of these are made of titanium and finished to a very high standard and usability. So, this is not merely a Seiko Titanium quartz…