Seiko’s notoriety as far as professional plunge watches is unshakable and traces all the way back to 1965 with the production of the Seiko Diving Department, and later the Prospex classification. For our colossal delight, the brand has been delving into its rich history to offer us the absolute best vintage re-releases we’ve seen of late. A year ago was about Seiko’s first-historically speaking plunge watch . This year, the brand takes a gander at one more symbol, with the entertainment of the 1968 Automatic Diver 300m Reference 6159-7001. Meet the brand new Seiko Prospex Diver 300m Hi-Beat SLA025.
In 2017, Seiko captured everyone’s attention with its “cooler than ice cream” vintage re-release of its first plunge watch, the 62Mas or Seiko 6217-8000/1. Energetically anticipated, applauded by many, denounced by some as excessively costly, decided by most as a super steadfast and amazingly executed piece, the Seiko 62Mas Re-release SLA017 was a hot subject of discussion. Expect a similar response this year with the new Seiko Prospex Diver 300m Hi-Beat SLA025. The formula is indistinguishable: take quite possibly the most notable plunge watches of the brand, modernize it (a tad), take some motivation (a ton) and here you go… A fruitful talking piece.
In 1968, three years after the making of the 62Mas, Seiko conveyed another great and inventive professional plunge watch, the Automatic Diver 300m Reference 6159-7001. This watch was not simply an update of its archetype. In only three years, Seiko had multiplied the water-obstruction, improved the usefulness and intelligibility of the watch and acquired definitely in accuracy. The Automatic Diver 300m was the principal hi-beat diver’s watch available. Its huge size, its unique plan, its famous plated complements; the entirety of that made the legend behind the watch that is a hot thing on collector’s lists.
The Seiko Prospex Diver 300m Hi-Beat SLA025
For Baselworld 2018, this watch is back in a (slightly) modernised package, yet with a plan dedicated to the first 1968 piece, under the name Seiko Prospex Diver 300m Hi-Beat reference SLA025. All in all a mouthful!
With this new reference SLA025, Seiko is straightforwardly targetting the most in-your-face authorities, the individuals who understand what the first 1968 is and what it addresses – both as far as mechanical significance and collectible worth. Much the same as the amusement of the 62Mas a year ago, the Baselworld 2018 piece will again be a genuine collector’s piece that won’t be gathering dust in presentation windows – and for awesome reasons.
Seiko has chosen to play the historical card and has delivered a case that is indistinguishable from the 1968 model. The size and shape, as often with Seiko Prospex watches, are very gigantic – 44.8mm measurement x 15.7mm stature – and all the subtleties have been executed effectively with a similar round brushing, a similar scored bezel, and a similar situation of the crown. The elastic tie is even consistent with the first one. Extravagance and magnificence aren’t failed to remember however, and Zaratsu polishing gives the haul sharpness and beauty.
The dial and the bezel of the Seiko Prospex Diver 300m Hi-Beat SLA025 are additionally completely consistent with the 1968 model, with similar textual styles, the unmistakable state of the lists and hands or the gold shading included broadly. Different subtleties have been modernized, obviously, however the advancement stays unpretentious and the outcome very desirable.
Inside the case, much the same as the 1968 model, ticks a hi-beat development – that is, a development with 5Hz or 36,000vph recurrence. It joins Caliber 8L55, which was uncommonly intended to be utilized by divers and is made by Seiko’s gifted specialists and ladies in the Shizukuishi Watch Studio in Morioka, in the north of Japan. This development is a restrained form of the Grand Seiko 9S type, with less enrichment. It flaunts a comfortable 55h force save and highlights programmed winding.
The Seiko Prospex Diver 300m Hi-Beat SLA025 – or 1968 Automatic Diver’s Re-creation Limited Edition – will be delivered in a restricted run of 1,500 pieces around the world. It will be valued at EUR 5,500. Plainly, not a modest watch, but rather the outcome is really charming. More subtleties on www.seiko-prospex.com .