Un­der­wa­ter trea­sure

Seiko dives into the blue.

Esquire Malaysia Watch Guide - - Brand Story - Words by Wayne Cheong

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

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