Introducing A Trilogy Of Seiko 55th Anniversary Dive Watches
Seiko’s relationship with the submerged world goes route back to 1965, when Seiko acquainted the primary plunge watch with Japan. Today, Seiko has delivered three models that follow the direction and advancement of Seiko’s plunge watch line. Each model tips the proverbial cap to a model that changed the game when it was delivered throughout the span of the most recent 55 years. The standing of Seiko today is similarly as it’s constantly been: The brand is known for esteem arranged watches that just take care of business. Nitty gritty. No shocking promoting efforts. Nothing excessively extravagant – simply jump watches that do what they need to do, each and every time.
But these watches do incorporate a visual thrive that characterizes their “55th Anniversary” personality. They all have a dark blue dial that is suggestive of the tremendous, profound nature of the sea. They opening perfectly into the Prospex line, and they’ll all be restricted to 1,100 pieces. The watches are basically diversions of famous models from 1965, 1968, and 1975.
Three of Seiko’s most notorious divers from 1968, 1965, and 1975, respectively.
The 62MAS/6217 was delivered in 1965, and it has in reality been re-given by Seiko since, in the form of the SLA017 restricted release. But this 55th commemoration version, dubbed the SLA037, is only somewhat unique. The SLA017 is an accurate re-creation, though the SLA037, delivered today, includes a blue-dim dial and another evaluation of tempered steel case that Seiko calls “Ever-Brilliant Steel,” (more on that later). The watch likewise uses the 8L55 howdy beat caliber. In addition, the iron dial expands the counter magnetic protection from 40,000 a/m. This may seem as though the SLA017 from 2017, but the specs have radically improved.
In 1968, we saw the presentation of the 6159-7001, an absolutely genuine jump watch that even highlighted top-stacking engineering for expanded water opposition. The 62MAS had kicked down the entryway in 1965, and afterward three years after the fact, we saw a genuine jump watch that even included a howdy beat caliber. Since watch is respected with the SLA039. Once more, it seems to be like a re-issue that Seiko put out in 2018, the “1968 Automatic Diver’s Re-Creation” or SLA025 , but like the 55th commemoration form of the 62MAS, there’s bounty undiscovered greatness under the surface the eye. What meets the eye is that dark blue-dim dial that outwardly integrates every one of the three 55th commemoration watches, but we likewise get the consideration of the 8L55 caliber and the new evaluation of treated steel case that is basically impervious to pitting and furthermore has a particular “white” shade to it.
Lastly, the Tuna returns in brilliant structure. Presented in 1975, the 6159-7010 was Seiko’s reaction to the problem of precious stones jumping out because of helium build-up in immersion plunging conditions. A particularly extraordinary problem required an exceptional methodology, and the subsequent watch was not normal for some other available – rather than utilizing a helium discharge valve, it had gaskets and seals that held helium back from getting in, in any case. It had an incredible 600 meters of water opposition, and 20 licenses were recorded in relationship with its turn of events. Presently we have the SLA041 to respect the principal Tuna, a watch that genuinely raised “the bar” – and by “bar,” I mean 58 bar (or 600 meters of water obstruction). The SLA041 doesn’t utilize the 8L55 different watches in the set of three use. All things considered, it utilizes the 8L35, which has been demonstrated in a number of contemporary Seiko divers. Its case is likewise titanium, similar to the original, but Ever-Brilliant Steel is utilized for the bezel.
All of the watches that this new set of three of watches offer appreciation to address designing concentrated horological developments from when jump watches were something beyond something to gaze at between composing messages. For each watch, there’s an army of divers that genuinely relied upon it. The Tuna, for example, was explicitly produced for seaward commercial divers. Some of the time, it seems like a portion of the Swiss brands send a lesser advertising partner into the documents and disclose to them not to come out until they’ve discovered an obscure model that could be transformed into a cutting edge “respect” piece. We end up with re-manifestations of watches that weren’t huge back in their time, and wind up coming up short in the cutting edge era.
When it comes to the Seiko divers, this isn’t exactly the situation. These are watches worth re-making. What’s more’s, fascinating that these models have been re-made in some cycle throughout the most recent couple of years. It may appear to be repetitive to deliver another re-production of a watch that has been re-made before but I’d contend that there’s sufficient worth added by the new calibers and utilization of another steel that it surely warrants another delivery. The 8L55 is basically equivalent to Grand Seiko’s praised 9S85, so two of these watches are kind of a “watch hack” approach to get a Grand Seiko development. The earlier re-manifestations were additionally restricted releases, and this is basically another opportunity at scoring one of the legacy re-manifestations in the event that you missed them the first run through, with the exception of now you get a watch that is technically superior.
When it comes to any of Seiko’s not kidding jump watches, I have an inclination that you’ll discover the #seikobois team unequivocally welcoming of any new model that encapsulates the models from the ’60s and ’70s. What those watches address is the reason we as a whole became hopelessly enamored with the brand in the first place.
Model: The 1965 Diver’s Re-creation, the 1968 Professional Diver’s 300m Re-creation, and the 1975 Professional Diver’s 600m Re-creation
Reference Number: SLA037, SLA039, SLA041
Diameter: 39.9mm(SLA037), 44.8mm(SLA039), 52.4mm (SLA041)
Thickness: 14.7mm(SLA037), 15.7mm(SLA039), 17.2mm (SLA041)
Case Material: Ever-Brilliant Steel (SLA037 and SLA039), Titanium w/Ever-Brilliant Steel bezel(SLA041)
Dial Color: Blue-grey
Water Resistance: 200m(SLA037), 300m(SLA039), 1000m(SLA041)
Strap/Bracelet: Rubber lash, suggestive of original designs
Caliber: 8L55 ((SLA037 and SLA039), 8L35 (SLA041)
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power Reserve: 55 Hours (8L55), 50 hours (8L35)
Frequency: 5 Hz (36,000 vph) on the 8L55, 4 Hz (28,800 vph) on the 8L35
Jewels: 37 (8L55), 26 (8L35)
Valuing & Availability
Price: $6,300 (SLA037), $6,800 (SLA039), $4,500 (SLA041)
Availability: The 1965, 1968, and 1975 re-manifestations will be presented in June, July, and August 2020 individually. They will be available at select Seiko approved sellers worldwide and the Seiko Boutique network.
Limited Edition: All three models are restricted to 1,100 models each.
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