Brian May and Seiko team up to create a watch inspired by Red Special

Brian May has teamed up with Japanese watchmaker Seiko to create a new watch inspired by his Red Special electric guitar.

Limited to just 12,500 pieces worldwide, the watch is Seiko’s second collaboration with guitarist Queen. At May’s request, it features a gold finish, in reference to recent “Gold Series” reissues of her solo albums.

The watch’s pressed pattern is designed to resemble the texture, finish, and color of the Red Special, and its nylon strap features vertical stripes designed to resemble guitar strings.

“The two definitely work together – the watch echoes the guitar,” May explained in an interview with Seiko, which you can watch below.

The back of the watch bears May’s signature and a unique serial number that will run from 00001/12500 to 12500/12500.

The watch also comes in a special presentation box that is inspired by a guitar case and features a replica of the “lucky sixpence” coin that May uses instead of a pick.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the watch will be donated to The Mercury Phoenix Trust, which funds HIV/AIDS initiatives around the world, and was founded by the surviving members of Queen’s after the death of the band’s frontman, Freddie Mercury, of AIDS. -related causes in 1991.

For more information on the watch, which goes on sale March 1, visit Seiko.

Floyd N. Morlan