At Baselworld 2018, the focal point of the Seiko Prospex was on the amusement of the 1968 Diver 300m Reference 6159-7001, the main high-beat plunging instrument of the brand. This brought forth three watches: the unadulterated vintage and very good quality SLA025; the cool green SLA019; and to the available however nevertheless alluring SPB077 . This year, in view of this advanced reevaluation of the 1968 programmed diver’s, Seiko presents another special edition for Europe and US showcases, the Prospex “Twilight Blue” SPB097J1.
As often with Seiko, things start with a norm, non-restricted form in an exemplary dark or blue shading plan. This was normally the situation for the advanced and rather moderate Prospex Diver 200m, what began its life in dark (or with a blue bezel under the reference SPB079 ). Depending on the plan presented in 1968 by the collectable and alluring Reference 6159-7001, the principal high-beat programmed plunge watch made by Seiko, this watch added a portion of advancement with a more slender bezel, a somewhat less strong case, and a more straightforward programmed development. In any case, the general state of the case, the dial’s design, and different subtleties produced a connection with the 6159.
Today’s watch, the Seiko Prospex “Twilight Blue” SPB097J1 Special Edition, takes all the specialized ascribes of the SPB077 and SPB079 of Baselworld 2018 yet adds an exceptional shading plan to the bundle. Obviously, not the principle oddity of the year regarding development, yet one very attractive piece to be fair!
The primary advancement on this new reference SPB097J1 can be seen on the dial and the bezel, as both component a remarkable shading combination. Beat up adaptations previously existed in the assortment, just as a PADI edition with dark dial and Pepsi bezel (ref. SPB087). Presently, it’s another combination that is presented under the name “Twilight Blue”, a theme that, as per the brand, has been made to “reflect the ocean at dusk at Malta Island“.
The dial of the SPB097J1 is introduced in turquoise blue with a sunburst brushed example, making pleasant reflections and evolving colors. Contingent upon the surrounding light, the dial goes from greenish blue to a more obscure sea tone or to a metallic dim tone. The dial’s format stays indistinguishable from the past variants of this watch, with the common bolt hour hands, yet Seiko includes a few dashes of orange the 5-minute creators on the inward rib, on the profundity sign, and on the seconds hand.
Also new to this reference SPB097J1 is the bezel’s dark and orange addition with orange marking the initial 15 minutes of the diver’s scale. Altogether, the decision of shading is unique however stays tactful enough on a day by day basis.
For the rest, this Seiko Prospex “Twilight Blue” adheres to the details of last year’s reference SPB077 . The treated steel case, with super-hard covering, measures 44mm in breadth and 13.1mm in stature – think of it as a powerful jump watch – with the commonplace 1960s Seiko diver’s shape. Sharp points, wide cleaned incline as an afterthought, crown at 4 o’clock, raised bezel… Still, the watch wears comfortably on most wrists. On top is a sapphire gem and the caseback is plain steel. Water-obstruction is of 200 metres.
Providing the force underneath the screw-down caseback is Seiko Caliber 6R15, a programmed development that sways at 21,600 vibrations each hour and offers a sound force hold of 50 hours. It’s a solid development found in various other Seiko plunge watches just as a portion of the brand’s Presage models and is known for its accuracy. it’s anything but a very good quality development yet it will consummately do the work in this context.
The Seiko Prospex “Twilight Blue” SPB097J1 is offered on a 3-interface steel wristband with collapsing catch and plunging expansion. There is additionally a silicone tie with a pin lock remembered for the box.
This new form of the Prospex Diver 200m will be offered as a special edition, without a restricted creation, accessible for the Europe and US markets. The recommended retail cost is EUR 1,200. The Seiko Prospex “Twilight Blue” SPB097J1 is accessible starting today (May 30, 2019). More subtleties at www.seikowatches.com .