In 1970, Seiko introduced a diver's watch that was strongly characterized by the unusual shape of the case extended around the crown positioned at 4 o'clock. The watch was worn by the Japanese adventurer, Naomi Uemura, when he did a solo dog-sled run from Greenland to Alaska, a 12,000-kilometer journey that took 18 months.
The original diver's watch launched by Seiko in 1970
In 2019, Seiko brings back the memorable design with the new Prospex 1970 Diver’s Re-creation Limited Edition whose reference number is SLA033J1 (or SBDX031 in Japan).
With a diameter of 45 mm, the stainless steel case of the new edition is slightly larger than the original but faithful in every other respect to its design.
The case has a super-hard coating and a dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. The upper surface of the bezel rim is polished using the Zaratsu technique which produces distortion-free mirror-like surfaces.
Water resistant to 200 metres / 660 feet (the original was rated for 150 metres / 500 feet), this new model is powered by the self-winding calibre 8L35 beating at a frequency of 4 Hz with a power reserve of 50 hours.
The case back has been given the same horseshoe shaped marking as the original model.
Only 2,500 pieces of the Seiko Prospex 1970 Diver’s Re-creation Limited Edition will be produced. Completed by a silicon strap, it has a price of Euro 4,350 / US$ 4,250. seikowatches.com