Seiko the best sports watch

IT WINS AT THE 2018 GRAND PRIX D’HORLOGERIE DE GENÈVE

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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.

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