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In honor of 55 years since the debut of the brand’s first dive watch, Seiko has released a trio of new divers within the Prospex line that commemorate the 1965 62MAS 150m, the 1968 Hi-beat Diver’s 300m and the 1975 Professional Diver’s 600m. Limited runs of 1,100 pieces each, each features handsome vintage looks, serious specs, and upgraded materials, including a special formulation of stainless steel.
Aesthetically similar to the original editions but featuring thoroughly modern technology, the new 1965 and 1968 watches utilize Seiko’s “Ever-Brilliant Steel,” a special metal more corrosion-resistant than the average steel used in most modern watches, according to the brand. (Seiko notes that “This stainless steel has a Pitting Resistance Equivalent Number value 1.7 times higher than that of the grade of steel used in most high-end watches. PREN is a widely accepted standard used to measure corrosion resistance.”) The recreation of the Professional Diver’s 600M from 1975 uses a titanium case with an anti-magnetic resistance of 40,000 a/m, and a bezel machined from Ever-Brilliant Steel.
While the 1965 and 1968 watches utilize the high-beat 8L55 movement, the 1975 recreation features the Caliber 8L35 — both movements were developed exclusively for diver’s watches. Each of the three watches features a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, a blue-grey dial and straps that reflect the originals’ — a rubber version with a fabric-like texture on the 62MAS (the 1965 recreation) is produced now in silicone, while the strap on the 1968 re-edition is also produced in silicone and features a pyramid-like pattern. The 1975 re-edition ships on a modern recreation of the original’s accordion-like strap.
The new 1965, 1968, and 1975 re-editions will be available in limited editions of 1,100 pieces each, released June, July and August 2020 at prices of ~$7,271, ~$7,830 and ~$5,034.
Also debuting is a modern interpretation of the 62MAS, an all-stainless steel version of Seiko’s first diver’s watch on a steel bracelet (though it also ships on a silicone strap). Featuring a slim profile, the same special 55th anniversary blue-grey dial as the limited edition watches above, and a caliber 6R35 movement with 70 hours of power reserve, the watch will be available as a limited edition of 5,500 pieces beginning in June 2020 for ~$1,510.
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