Seiko dives into the blue.
IT REQUIRES A LONG GAME to be the go-to watch for divers everywhere. Seiko created its first diver’s watch in 1965 when timepieces with high water resistance were hard to come by. Designed for maximum reliability and legibility, it used an automatic mechanical calibre with 150m water resistance, and accompanied the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition between 1966 and 1969.
In fact, many of the features from Seiko’s initial diver’s watches are now industry norms like the accordion-style strap, the use of a titanium casing and extra-wide hands for easier visualisation. Seiko’s Prospex re-creation of the 1965 classic retains its original design (save for an increased case diameter of 1.9mm) but with up-to-date tech, such as enhanced functionality, 200m water resistance and scratchproof coat- ing; and housed within is the beating heart that is a calibre 8L35.
In addition, Seiko releases two more contemporary re-interpretations of the 1965 diver’s watch. Apart from wider hands and long-lasting LumiBrite, they also have an increased depth of 200m and a Zaratsu ( blade) polish for a refined look. Both are driven by the calibre 6R15.
Above Seiko’s Prospex Re-Creation