In expansion to the three vintage-inspired recreations we presented yesterday , Seiko presents a fourth dive watch to praise the 55th commemoration of its first diver. While the “trilogy” of reissues is rare, selective and very good quality, this one plays in the more available field, which Seiko has advocated for certain years now. Proportional, very much planned and exceptional, here’s the new Seiko Prospex Automatic Diver 200m SPB149, a modern watch inspired by the acclaimed 62MAS of 1965.
What you’re looking at above is one of Seiko’s most significant watches, the watch that laid the foundation for various super-performant dive watches to come, to be specific the notorious Seiko reference 6217, or “62MAS”. Seiko entered the race for dive watches long after the Swiss did. For example, Blancpain presented the Fifty Fathoms in 1953, immediately followed by Rolex and the Submariner (in 1953 as well), both considered as the first reason assembled dive watches (with screw-in crown and turning passed time bezel). Seiko held up until 1965 to create its own vision of a dive watch… however what a significant watch it end up being, for Seiko as well as for the dive watch industry. The ISO 6425 principles were incompletely founded on parts of Seiko’s initial dive watches. You can read more insights concerning the 62MAS in this top to bottom article here .
The modern 62MAS-inspired Prospex SPB149
It isn’t the first occasion when that Seiko presents a modern “reinterpretation” of its well known 62MAS. Close by the loyal re-release SLA017 presented at Baselworld 2017 , the brand additionally presented two contemporary models, the Prospex SPB051 and SPB053 – both are as yet accessible and are models in the lasting collection.
What Seiko is presenting today with the Prospex SPB149 isn’t simply one more dial dependent on the 2017 models… It is an entirely new watch, restricted underway, with new extents, new materials and a refreshed movement.
First of all, this new Seiko Prospex SPB149 is more dedicated to the first model as far as case measurements. While the SPB051 and SPB053 were on the huge side, with a 42.6mm width, the new model is a lot more modest estimating simply 40.5mm – and on the off chance that you know about the normal size of a Seiko dive watch, it really is more modest. The instance of the SPB149, made of treated steel with a super-hard covering, retains the exemplary state of the 62MAS, with straight casebands, crown traditionally situated at 3 o’clock and precise carries. The case measures 13.5mm in tallness and, as per Seiko, has “a lowered focal point of gravity that makes it comfortable to wear on even a more modest wrist“. The screw-down crown and the screwed caseback consider 200m water-resistance.
Also new to this 62MAS-inspired Prospex SPB149 is the bezel with a brushed artistic hour long addition. It is secured by a domed sapphire gem. The dial introduces another (and very charming) blue-dim tone and its markers and hands are nearer to the first 1965 watch. All are loaded up with Lumebrite and the seconds hand is colored in yellow, adding some energy to the dial.
Inside the watch is the modern type 6R35, a development found, for example, in the new Sumo watches . While it retains the exemplary Seiko 6Rxx architecture, it has been improved with a more extended force reserve of 70 hours and still beats at 3Hz.
The Seiko Prospex Automatic Diver 200m SPB149 is delivered on a 3-interface hardened steel arm band with a super-hard covering, a three-crease catch with press button release, secure lock and extender. A silicone lash is likewise remembered for the box.
Price and availability
This new reference, part of the Seiko diver’s 55th-commemoration assortment, is a restricted release of 5,500 pieces, accessible worldwide at shops and retailers, as of June 2020. It will be valued at EUR 1,350. More subtleties at www.seikowatches.com .