Seiko the best sports watch
IT WINS AT THE 2018 GRAND PRIX D’HORLOGERIE DE GENÈVE
Besides rolling out the special edition Prospex featured above, Seiko also made waves at the recently concluded 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) with yet another special iteration of its famed diving watch.
Regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the luxury timepiece industry, this year’s edition of the annual award was held on Nov 9 at the Théatre du Léman in Geneva, Switzerland. From a short list of six in the Sport category, the jury of 29 watch and luxury experts selected the Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver’s Re-creation as the best sports watch of the year.
This is the fourth occasion on which Seiko won an award at the GPHG but it is only the second time that one of our mechanical watches has been recognised and the first time that a Seiko Diver’s watch has won an award. Present to receive the award in Geneva was Atsushi Kaneko, director of Seiko Watch Corporation.
“We are very proud of our long tradition in diver’s watches and in hi-beat watchmaking. It is a great honor to see our achievements recognised on this most prestigious stage,” said Chairman & CEO of Seiko Watch Corporation, Shinji Hattori.
The winning timepiece has all the characteristics of the 1968 original it pays homage to, namely its distinct accordion-style strap and titanium case – the latter being a world first back then. The recreation was however updated with a caliber 8L55 movement specially designed for diver’s use and is made by hand by Seiko’s craftsmen and women in the Shizukuishi Watch Studio in Morioka, Japan.