In 2001, before we all realized that the animated Final Fantasy movie was going to be garbage, Seiko announced two watch designs based on the one worn by the movie’s heroine, Dr. Aki. Rather, they announced one watch, but showed a picture with a second view that looked quite a bit like a second design.
The face of the watch looks relatively pedestrian for a “futurey” watch these days, but at the time it was shockingly fresh, especially when imagined to be part of a hefty metal cuff with thick buttons. The watch that Seiko ended up releasing, including a limited run here in the U.S., looked basically the same as the design on the left.
If you look at the released watch, you can see that it has a pretty standard plastic band along the back. (Someone is selling one on eBay for $750, a $550 premium over its original cost here in the States. Their auction has lots of pictures, including one that shows the back.)
Anyone know if the second cuff was actually released in Japan? Or was it simply a mock-up which Seiko decided was too much trouble or too expensive to produce? I’ve asked Seiko about it, but I doubt answering questions about a seven-year-old limited-edition watch is going to be a top priority for them.