Along with the three vintage-inspired recreations we presented yesterday, Seiko presents a fourth dive watch to have a good time the 55th anniversary of its first diver. Whereas the “trilogy” of reissues is uncommon, unique and high-end, this one performs within the extra accessible discipline, which Seiko has championed for some years now. Nicely proportioned, nicely designed and nicely geared up, right here’s the brand new Seiko Prospex Computerized Diver 200m SPB149, a contemporary watch impressed by the well-known 62MAS of 1965.
What you’re above is one in every of Seiko’s most essential watches, the watch that laid the groundwork for quite a few super-performant dive watches to come back, particularly the long-lasting Seiko reference 6217, or “62MAS”. Seiko entered the race for dive watches lengthy after the Swiss did. As an example, Blancpain launched the Fifty Fathoms in 1953, rapidly adopted by Rolex and the Submariner (in 1953 too), each thought-about as the primary purpose-built dive watches (with screw-in crown and rotating elapsed-time bezel). Seiko waited till 1965 to supply its personal imaginative and prescient of a dive watch… however what an essential watch it proved to be, not just for Seiko however for the dive watch business. The ISO 6425 standards have been partially based mostly on elements of Seiko’s early dive watches. You possibly can learn extra particulars in regards to the 62MAS in this in-depth article here.
The trendy 62MAS-inspired Prospex SPB149
It isn’t the primary time that Seiko introduces a contemporary “reinterpretation” of its well-known 62MAS. Alongside the trustworthy re-edition SLA017 presented at Baselworld 2017, the model additionally offered two up to date fashions, the Prospex SPB051 and SPB053 – each are nonetheless accessible and are fashions within the everlasting assortment.
What Seiko is introducing at present with the Prospex SPB149 isn’t just one other dial based mostly on the 2017 fashions… It’s a completely new watch, restricted in manufacturing, with new proportions, new supplies and an up to date motion.
To begin with, this new Seiko Prospex SPB149 is extra trustworthy to the unique mannequin by way of case dimensions. Whereas the SPB051 and SPB053 have been on the massive aspect, with a 42.6mm diameter, the brand new mannequin is way smaller measuring simply 40.5mm – and in case you are acquainted with the typical dimension of a Seiko dive watch, it truly is smaller. The case of the SPB149, made from chrome steel with a super-hard coating, retains the traditional form of the 62MAS, with straight casebands, crown classically positioned at Three o’clock and angular lugs. The case measures 13.5mm in peak and, in response to Seiko, has “a lowered centre of gravity that makes it comfy to put on on even a smaller wrist“. The screw-down crown and the screwed caseback permit for 200m water-resistance.
Additionally new to this 62MAS-inspired Prospex SPB149 is the bezel with a brushed ceramic 60-minute insert. It’s protected by a domed sapphire crystal. The dial inaugurates a brand new (and fairly nice) blue-grey color and its markers and arms are nearer to the unique 1965 watch. All are crammed with Lumebrite and the seconds hand is colored in yellow, including some vitality to the dial.
Contained in the watch is the trendy calibre 6R35, a motion discovered, for example, in the new Sumo watches. Whereas it retains the traditional Seiko 6Rxx structure, it has been improved with an extended energy reserve of 70 hours and nonetheless beats at 3Hz.
The Seiko Prospex Computerized Diver 200m SPB149 is delivered on a Three-link chrome steel bracelet with a super-hard coating, a three-fold clasp with push-button launch, safe lock and extender. A silicone strap can be included within the field.
Value and availability
This new reference, a part of the Seiko diver’s 55th-anniversary assortment, is a restricted version of 5,500 items, accessible worldwide at boutiques and retailers, as of June 2020. Will probably be priced at EUR 1,350. Extra particulars at www.seikowatches.com.