Prospex: Six new Prospex Diver's including 1968 Automatic Diver's Revival

Mar 03, 2018,06:33 AM
 


Seiko’s expertise in diver’s watches is celebrated
in the new Prospex collection


A Seiko classic is revived in Prospex


Six new Prospex creations honor two landmark Seiko Diver’s watches.
Since 1965, Seiko has continuously pushed back the boundaries in diver’s watch technology. Today, two landmarks in this illustrious history are honored in new Prospex creations. In 1968, Seiko announced Japan’s first hi-beat diver’s and, ten years later, the world’s first quartz saturation diver’s watch was created. Now, these two important watches are remembered in commemorative creations that bring the latest in Seiko’s high technology watchmaking to those who work in and enjoy the underwater world.

The 1968 Automatic Diver’s Re-creation Limited Edition
In 1968, just three years after Seiko’s first diver’s watch was made, Seiko’s engineers raised the bar with a hi-beat diver’s watch with 300 meter water resistance that was one of the foundation stones on which Seiko’s future diver’s watch development was based. It had a 10-beat high precision automatic caliber, a one-piece structure, screw-down protection crown and unidirectional rotating bezel.


the 1968 original

The 1968 original was for air diving while this new re-creation is specified for saturation diving. Like the original, it features a one piece case construction and a flat case back. It incorporates Caliber 8L55 which was specially designed for diver’s use and is made by Seiko’s skilled craftsmen and women in the Shizukuishi Watch Studio in Morioka in the north of Japan. Every detail is of the highest quality; Zaratsu polishing gives the
lug sharpness and beauty, a dual curved sapphire crystal ensures high legibility and the strap is made of the latest high strength silicone. The markers have polished edges and those at 12, 6 and 9 are also different in design to ensure that time is read without error even 300 meters down.



The diving paradise of Yakushima inspires a second commemorative version

A limited edition of 1,968 pays its respects to its forerunner


The same professional specifications are also to be found in a second new creation that commemorates the 1968 diver’s watch. Its signature feature is the deep green color of the dial and bezel. This rich shade of green reflects the lush tones of the ancient cedar trees on the island of Yakushima at the southern end of the Japanese archipelago. As well as being a World Natural Heritage Site because of its forests, Yakushima is a much loved destination for the diving community, thanks to its crystal clear waters, coral reefs and abundant marine life. Durability and strength are the watchwords; the zirconia ceramic bezel is highly resistant to scratches
and shocks, the stainless steel case has a super-hard coating and the sapphire crystal has an anti-reflective coating both inside and out. The 5, 10, 15 and 20 minute markers on the bezel are painted with a specially powerful Lumibrite to increase the legibility of the rotating bezel and, thereby, the diver’s safety. In addition to the steel bracelet, a high strength silicone strap also accompanies the watch.



A modern re-interpretation of the 1968 automatic diver’s
SPB077

 
SPB079


Two other new Prospex watches commemorate the 1968 original. They echo its design but are executed in a modern style, with a thinner bezel and more contemporary hands. One is all stainless steel while the other features a silicone strap. Both are 200 meter water resistant and incorporate the 6R15 caliber which gives the case a slim profile.



A re-creation of the world’s first quartz saturation diver’s watch, 1978

1,000 meter water resistance and every professional diving specification


the 1978 original

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Seiko’s invention of the world’s first professional quartz diver’s watch, this landmark timepiece is faithfully re-created in design but re-invented with Seiko’s latest technology and materials. The case construction and dial layout are loyal to the original, as are the unique hour markers and the crown, while the water resistance has been increased to 1,000m. The outer case material is zirconia ceramic which is seven times harder than steel protecting the case from shock. It features all the innovations that Seiko brought to diver’s watches in the 1970’s, including the double layer construction with one piece inner case, the L-shaped gasket for helium resistance and the accordion-style strap. This new commemorative version is offered with a high-strength silicone strap for enhanced wearability both outside a wetsuit and directly on the wrist.



Cermet. The perfect material for a professional diver’s watch


The same high specifications are all available in this commemorative edition of the 1978 original. It differs only in the use of Cermet for the outer case. This material is eight times harder than steel so offers an even higher level of shock protection but also allows the creation of a unique metallic finish. It is presented in a violet gold tone, inspired by the magical light that plays over the ocean at sunset.

*A Cermet is a composite material composed of ceramic and metal materials. It has all the hardness, abrasion
resistance and heat resistance of ceramics as well as the toughness typically associated with metal.



The 1968 Automatic Diver’s Re-creation Limited Edition: SLA025
Caliber 8L55
Driving system: Automatic
Vibrations: 36,000 vibrations per hour (10 beats per second)
Power reserve: 55 hours
Number of jewels: 37

Specifications
Stainless steel case with super-hard coating
Dual curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw-down crown
Water resistance: 300m saturation diver’s
Magnetic resistance: 16,000 A/m
Diameter: 44.8 mm, Thickness: 15.7 mm
Silicone strap
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 5,500 Euro
Limited Edition of 1,500




The 1968 Automatic Diver’s Commemorative Limited Edition: SLA019
Caliber 8L35
Driving system: Automatic
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Power reserve: 50 hours
Number of jewels: 26

Specifications
Stainless steel case and bracelet with super-hard coating
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Zirconia ceramic bezel
Screw-down crown
Water resistance: 300m saturation diver’s
Magnetic resistance: 16,000 A/m
Diameter: 44.3 mm, Thickness: 15.4 mm
Stainless steel bracelet with three-fold clasp with push button release,
secure lock and slide adjuster
A silicone strap is attached.
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 3,200 Euro
Limited Edition of 1,968



The 1968 Automatic Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation: SPB077, 079
Caliber 6R15
Driving system: Automatic
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
Power reserve: 50 hours
Number of jewels: 23

Specifications
Stainless steel case with super-hard coating
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw case back. Screw-down crown
Diameter: 44.0 mm, Thickness: 13.1 mm
Water resistance: 200m diver’s
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Stainless steel bracelet with super-hard coating
with three-fold clasp with push button release,
secure lock and extender (SPB077)
Silicone strap (SPB079)
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe:
1,100 Euro (SPB077) / 900 Euro (SPB079)




The 1978 Quartz Saturation Diver’s Re-creation Limited Edition: S23626
The 1978 Quartz Saturation Diver’s Commemorative Limited Edition: S23627
Caliber 7C46
Accuracy: +/- 15 seconds per month (between 5°C and 35°C)

Specifications
Titanium inner case with gold color coating (S23626)
Zirconia ceramic outer protector (S23626)
Titanium inner case with black hard-coating (S23627)
Cermet outer protector (S23627)
Sapphire crystal
Screw-down crown
Diameter: 49.4 mm, Thickness: 15.3 mm
Water resistance: 1,000m saturation diver’s
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Silicone strap
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe:
2,400 Euro (S23626) / 3,000 Euro (S23627)
Limited Edition of 1,978 (S23626) / 800 (S23627)






Live Pics

The first three were 2017 models (sold out), just to give you some reference. 







From here on, 2018 models.












Classic look, yet, still very attractive face.




One piece structure case.




Zaratsu polishing (this is still a prototype) for this wide area.








Great size!










Love this green!!!  This one comes also with the silicon strap.  Love it!










Quartz "Tuna".






















"Modern Re-interpretation"






Blue bezel is a nice accent.
















Looks good, doesn't it?








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Another incredible blue enamel dial from Seiko with a wonderful pattern. If I had to choose one, I would opt for the no power reserve one. Seiko will sell them like hot cakes for sure

 
 By: Alkiro1 : March 22nd, 2018-02:24
Best wishes Alkiro
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Got to go get one as I missed the first train - it was not available in Japan :-( [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 22nd, 2018-02:35
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I’m really tempted

 
 By: Alkiro1 : March 22nd, 2018-04:08
Best wishes Alkiro
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Me too!

 
 By: g_schroder : March 22nd, 2018-07:53
I must admit that the wave design doesn't speak to me as much as the prior simple dark-blue enamel did, but I'm tempted to buy one and try it out (re-sell if it isn't for me). Great watch for the price!
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Indeed! Another stunner from Seiko

 
 By: Alkiro1 : March 22nd, 2018-07:56
Best wishes Alkiro
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That picture don't do justice.

 
 By: jomni1 : March 28th, 2018-05:36
The wave is subtle and not obvious which makes it more intriguing. www.youtube.com
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The light does all the trick and that's another beauty of this model :-) [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 28th, 2018-05:46
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Luckily i need to visit my AD today 😉

 
 By: Watchonthewrist : March 22nd, 2018-03:39
Will ask him to order one . Would love to have the one without the power reserve
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At that pace my friend, you’ll become a Seiko AD very soon 😁

 
 By: Alkiro1 : March 22nd, 2018-04:07
Best wishes Alkiro
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😂 .

 
 By: Watchonthewrist : March 22nd, 2018-04:51
👍🏻
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😁😉

 
 By: Alkiro1 : March 22nd, 2018-05:00
Best wishes Alkiro
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Great! Let us take a look! [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 22nd, 2018-05:53
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Great report!

 
 By: jml_watches : March 22nd, 2018-03:40
Really like the new blue enamel dials, especially the simpler one. Good to have the opportunity to have a second bite at the blue enamel cherry. The new movement looks interesting - especially how it helps reduce bulk of watch. Look forward to hearing mor... 
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Good idea :-)) You'd better hurry! [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 22nd, 2018-05:53
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Seiko Presage Shippo Enamel dial supercedes previous blue dial models

 
 By: MTF : March 22nd, 2018-07:59
Ken, Thanks for the Live photos, which look the same as the press release images. That gives confidence that the artistic effect is real. The new shippo enamel blue dial really superceded the 2017 blue dial Presage model; no question about that! Plus it i... 
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Global offering is the beauty of it. For those who missed the last bus, let's not miss this one! [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 22nd, 2018-08:21
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I've just checked with NY and Presage release dates are shown as "September 2018"

 
 By: cazalea : March 22nd, 2018-09:34
But it never hurts to be on the list in advance because the press info implies NOW Cazalea
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Yup, the earlier, the better, I say :-)) [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 22nd, 2018-15:10
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Thanks for the report. This is awesome! [nt]

 
 By: mj23 : March 22nd, 2018-08:46
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My pleasure, thanks! [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 22nd, 2018-15:09
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Very very nice selection!

 
 By: halkcb : March 22nd, 2018-19:40
Just when you thought your wallet was safe---BANG!! Great pieces at the price love the blue wave enamel pattern. thanks for showing best henry
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Looks fantastic

 
 By: benlee338 : March 23rd, 2018-20:04
I am certain up for the PR version. However, have to say the dial looks strangely similar to my UN Classico Blue Enamel... Coincidence? ...  
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The Japanese Hulk is great.

 
 By: zabreg1 Mr White : March 22nd, 2018-02:46
Thank you for all this info, very interesting.
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I think so, too! [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 22nd, 2018-05:53
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I am seriously thinking about ordering the green one ...

 
 By: Marcus Hanke : March 22nd, 2018-05:05
Thank you for the great coverage! Pics are great, too! Marcus
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That is a very serious contender in my mind, too..... Yup! [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 22nd, 2018-05:52
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I just placed the order - they will be delivered in June [nt]

 
 By: Marcus Hanke : March 27th, 2018-03:11
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That's great! You just pushed me into the contemplating period.... Ahghghghgh! [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 27th, 2018-03:54
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Awesome report Ken 🙏

 
 By: piccolochimico (aka dsgalaxy1) : March 22nd, 2018-07:20
Eichi's dial is so flawless and essential that you might look at it for hours, just wandering with peaceful mind. Blue dials are becoming their trademark. I appreciate the thickness reduction, it seems they are reading us 😜
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Exactly. They are evolving with our hearts :-) [nt]

 
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Superb coverage!!!

 
 By: sham1 : March 22nd, 2018-02:28
The Eichi II in rose gold looks nice but I am not sure it is preferable to the platinum version. A warmer watch nevertheless.
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That would be a choice of a lifetime :-)) Eichi II Platinum or Eichi II Rose Gold... [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 22nd, 2018-02:35
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Arguably

 
 By: sham1 : March 22nd, 2018-02:43
the best finished and most accurate 3 handed watch in the market! One day, one day........
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Yeah

 
 By: tom2517 : March 22nd, 2018-03:44
I wish Seiko maybe should have given it a different dial like what they did for GS 8 days RG.
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Very attractive watches

 
 By: Watchlover78 : March 22nd, 2018-05:17
Best regards, Baxter
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I concur! [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 22nd, 2018-15:08
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Phenomenal post! [nt]

 
 By: Miranda : March 22nd, 2018-13:24
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Thanks, yours, too! [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 22nd, 2018-15:09
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Ken, thanks for thr Quick and extensive report! (nt)

 
 By: Ronald Held : March 22nd, 2018-13:38
NT
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No problem, my friend! [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 22nd, 2018-15:09
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Thank you Ken for this great report, as usual [nt]

 
 By: Gnkt : March 22nd, 2018-16:03
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Anything that got your attention? :-) [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 24th, 2018-04:10
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Many interesting models here.

 
 By: Gnkt : March 25th, 2018-12:46
I must confess I'm more interested in what I see here, than on Grand Seiko side. The rose gold Eichi II seems to be gorgeous. It looks warmer than the Platinium Eichi II. SJE073 is also very interesting with the new slim caliber. This is the way GS should... 
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Super coverage, thank you. As for the watches, some tasty pieces there. The divers definitely caught my eye! [nt]

 
 By: Jay (Eire) : March 22nd, 2018-17:53
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Thanks, Jay! [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 24th, 2018-04:10
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I would love to ask the upper echelons if they will complete production of the blue enamel SPB069 before having the first one of these new Presage enamel models be shipped from the factory.

 
 By: remarque : March 22nd, 2018-18:37
I am still waiting for my SPB069 from a Seiko boutique, and the employees at that boutique tell me they know nothing about when their guaranteed allotted pieces will be delivered to the store, which of course means they can give me no timeline for deliver... 
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Just my guess (no insider information)..

 
 By: KIH : March 24th, 2018-04:12
Since the new Shippo Enamel will be launched in September, until then, the current production will continue, so you still have some time. When they say they will deliver, they will (at least that is my experience - this is not a Patek!).
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Thank you, KIH. I'll let you know when I get it. Marc. I'm curious to hear first hand observations about the SPB069 vs 075. Dial wave aside, I prefer the hands and minute track of the 069 [nt]

 
 By: remarque : March 24th, 2018-14:36
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Abundance stock of SPB069 within SEA region

 
 By: Andru Ekaputra : March 25th, 2018-08:56
Actually there’s lots of them, and with lower price tags compared to US and EU. And i agree with you, the hands and simpler minute track without arabic numerals on SPB069. Simply oozes more mature aura than overall design of 075. If only... there’s no cha... 
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Eichi II calls out to me.(nt)

 
 By: Ronald Held : March 24th, 2018-12:23
NT
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Some really impressive stuff!

 
 By: KMII : March 25th, 2018-02:54
Not much needs to be said about the delectable Eichi II. As for the new Presage lines, they are really impressive indeed. Especially like the new thinner movement - once it spreads across the lines it will help with more elegant case shapes, to match the ... 
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Credor Eichi II is now warmer and more rounded.... great contrast with the cold looking porcelain dial.. oh and the strap for it is to die for.....

 
 By: KIH : March 25th, 2018-05:22
... Yes, although it is to be launched in September, I have already contacted my AD and placed a pre-order! The simple one is my favorite. I will take a closer look at the new thinner movement once I get it. Thanks for your comment, KMII! Ken
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I wish I could order one.... (nt)

 
 By: Ronald Held : March 25th, 2018-13:13
NT
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OMG another fancy and creative blue dial from Seiko.

 
 By: jomni1 : March 28th, 2018-05:31
Seiko is really putting out some really great dial designs that set them apart from the big names. And to think it's the more affordable Presage line.
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Hehehe. Yeah, those who may have prejudice are missing a great treasure :-)) [nt]

 
 By: KIH : March 28th, 2018-05:43
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Absolutely [nt]

 
 By: Arie - Mr Orange : March 28th, 2018-15:14
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