Seiko's Ultra-Tough Pilot's Watch Looks Sleeker Than Ever in This Exotic Blue

The SNR049 is the latest in Seiko's Prospex LX line, with a titanium case and a striking new dial.

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Seiko's Prospex line is famously tough, but the LX sub-collection takes the concept to another level as the brand's vision of a sport watch without any concessions or compromises. The result is a seriously overbuilt tool watch with all the premium bells and whistles — and, of course, a price to match.

The newest version offers a space-inspired black-and-blue take on the collection's aviation-themed GMT model. "Premium" in this case means materials like sapphire crystal over the dial, a sapphire crystal bezel insert, a titanium case and bracelet with the brand's "super hard coating" and an automatic Spring Drive movement.

Aside from the unique features and extreme accuracy of Spring Drive, the caliber 5R66 offers a GMT function and an indicator on the dial for its 72-hour power reserve.

The Prospex LX series watches are beasts, and this one is no different. It boasts a 14.7mm-thick, 44.8mm-wide case that's extremely chunky (even in titanium) and water-resistant to 100m. The 24-hour bezel rotates bidirectionally to track another time zone — a feature often associated with pilot's watches.

Though aesthetically similar to existing models, the dial is gradated from black at the top to blue at the bottom — which the brand says is inspired by the view of the earth from space as astronaut Richard Garriott (who tested their Spring Drive movement) would have seen it.

The new Seiko Prospex LX SNR049 is available as a limited edition of 400 numbered examples, at a price of $5,500.

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