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The Prospex collection: Celebrating diving

 Seiko’s and Japan’s first ever diver’s watch was made in 1965 at a time when watches with high levels of water resistance were not widely available. Since that time, Seiko’s expertise in diver’s watches and diver’s watch technology has been well-known. The Prospex watches from Seiko have always honoured this sporty legacy. The new Prospex watches pay a tribute to two landmark Seiko Diver’s watches that were released in 1968 and 1978 respectively.

The 1968 Automatic Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation: SPB077

One of the key innovations back in 1968, was a hi-beat diver’s watch with 300-meter water resistance. This watch also had a 10-beat high precision automatic caliber, a one-piece structure, screw-down protection crown and unidirectional rotating bezel. A new watch commemorates the 1968 original. The design is a nod to the original. However, this watch has been executed in a modern style. It has a thinner bezel and more contemporary hands. Dressed in stainless steel it looks sporty and elegant. This one has 200-meter water resistant and incorporates the 6R15 caliber which gives the case a slim profile.

The 1978 Quartz Saturation Diver’s Re-creation Limited Edition: S23626

This watch is an homage to a stellar creation of 1978. With the 1000-meter water resistance and every professional diving specification, one can be sure that it meets the needs of divers. While the look and design is faithful to the original, the technical features encompass all modern developments in the realm of diving watches.  Hence, a glance at the unique dial layout, the hour markers, the crown and the entire case construction will recall the original design of the 1978 watch.

However, the modern inputs can be seen in the functionality of the watch as well as the materials used. The water resistance has been increased to 1000 meters. The case is now made of zirconia ceramic. This material is seven times harder than steel, thus protecting the case from shock. This new commemorative version is offered with a high-strength silicone strap for enhanced wearability both outside a wetsuit and directly on the wrist.

It is important for any brand to look to its past and at the same time look at the future as well. Seiko has cemented its place as an innovator through its rich history. The release of these special editions celebrate the heritage of the brand, but also incorporate the latest technical feats. In that sense, they pave the way for the future!