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Seiko - Prospex Diver Ref. SLA017

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Seiko’s and Japan’s first ever diver’s watch was made in 1965. It incorporated an automatic mechanical caliber delivering a water resistance of 150 metres / 500 feet. Designed for maximum legibility in any condition, the watch was used by the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition from 1966 to 1969.


The original diver's watch - 1965


The Prospex re-creation of this 1965 classic is faithful to the original design, but thoroughly up-to-date in its technology. It incorporates Caliber 8L35 which was specially designed for diver’s use and is made by Seiko’s watchmakers in the Shizuku-ishi Watch Studio in Morioka in the north of Japan. Beating at 4 Hz (28,800 vph), it offers 50 hours of power reserve.

The 39.9 mm x 14.1 mm stainless steel case is virtually identical to the original, but its diameter has been increased by 1.9 mm and water resistance improved to 200 metres / 660 feet. A super-hard coating improves resistance to scratches.



Like the 1965 watch, the new Prospex features 3D embossed hour markers, a narrow bezel with a luminous dot at twelve o’clock and the dolphin emblem on the case back.


Enhancements include a box-shaped sapphire crystal and a silicone strap for improved wearability both outside a wetsuit and on the wrist. A stainless steel bracelet is also included.

Hand assembled and adjusted, the Seiko Prospex Diver Reference SLA017 will be available in a limited edition of 2,000 pieces from July 2017. Suggested retail price is Euro 3,800. seikowatches.com



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