Seiko has introduced a new Prospex diver PADI Special Edition of a timepiece it launched as a modern interpretation of the legendary 62MAS, the Japanese brand’s first diver’s watch made in 1965.
It may be recalled at Baselworld 2017; Seiko introduced the SLA017, a vintage reissue of the 62MAS that also happens to be Japan’s first diver’s watch. However, Seiko didn’t just stop with this re-issue, it also dropped two modern reinterpretations of the 1965 original. These new watches (SPB051 and SPB053) drew inspiration from the 62MAS but were updated to meet Seiko’s Prospex standards.
Both watches used a 42.6 mm case that was 13.8 mm thick. The case sides featured a Zaratsu-polished line. Zaratsu is a tin polishing method that removes all distortion and is seen mostly on Grand Seiko cases. The water resistance was increased to 200 meters and in a departure from its regular Prospex models that used Hardlex mineral glass, Seiko used a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflection coating atop the case.
And now, Seiko has added a PADI Special Edition to this mix. The SPB071 is the fifth PADI diver’s watch in the Seiko Prospex collection.
The familiar blue and red theme of the PADI diver’s watches is seen on this new timepiece as well. The SPB071 features a unidirectional blue anodized aluminum bezel with a black insert. The dial has a wave pattern and its color goes from a bright blue at the top to deep black at the bottom. The minutes hand is in red and like all of Seiko’s divers, the dial sees generous use of Seiko’s Lumibrite luminescence.
The watch is powered by the in-house Caliber 6R15 which is seen in Seiko’s Presage models. With a power reserve of 50 hours and a 3 Hz movement, this is a quality movement and features a hacking seconds option for a more accurate setting of time. The watch is going to be available from February this year and will be priced at €910 ($1,100 or AED4,085).