Introducing The Seiko Prospex Black Series Limited Editions SLA035J1 And SPB125J1
Seiko’s new SLA035J1 and SPB125J1 are stealthy black restricted release renditions of classic Prospex jumpers. These new “Black Series” references have a bit of shading on their dials – a red seconds hand on the SLA035, a watch that channels the top of the line Marinemaster 300, and an orange moment hand on the SPB125J1, which is a restricted release adaptation of the consistently popular and affordable Sumo. On account of the SLA035J1, there are just 600 examples, while SPB125J1 is being offered in a restricted version of 7,000. Both continue in the strides of the Seiko Black Series “Turtle” ref. SRPC49, a blacked-out rendition of a larger than average classic that came out in 2018. One thing is without a doubt, these new references are aimed directly at the fanatic Seiko jumper fanbase.
First up, we have the watch presented above and below, the SLA035J1. Like the SLA021J1 and SLA019 that went before it, SLA035J1 features a large 44.3mm x 15.4 case and a ceramic bezel. The case is done with Zaratsu cleaning, a top of the line feature all the more commonly applied to Grand Seiko watches, and the development inside is Seiko’s great 8L35, which is essentially a less profoundly decorated form of Grand Seiko’s cal. 9S55. Whereas past executions of this 300 meter jumper, for example, the aforementioned SLA021J1 and the green SLA019, have would in general come on stainless steel bracelets, SLA035J1 comes on a black silicone strap that really ties the all-black look together. This watch will be available in April of this current year and will cost $2,900.
Just before reviewing these two presentations, I checked in with a companion who had been considering having his Marinemaster 300 PVD-coated, so naturally, his advantage was aroused by this restricted version with its hard-black coating. In the event that his reaction is any barometer, I feel that this a watch that individuals will cherish, and come to consider it, both of these new references can be seen as Seiko acknowledging the mod community that has grown up around its plunge watches.
The other new Seiko Prospex jumper is the SPB125J1 above, which offers an all-black take on the popular Sumo, with cream shaded markers and an orange moment hand giving a flash of shading to this present watch’s in any case stealth look. Propelled by the popular Sumo jumper, SPB125J1 is water resistant to 200 meters and features Seiko’s 6R35 automatic development with time, date, and stop seconds. Like the SLA035J1, it also comes on a black silicone strap. According to a Seiko representative, the SPB125J1 will be available in March of 2020 and will cost $850.
There is also a solar chronograph, the ref. SSC761J1, but Seiko educated me that this third reference won’t be made available in the United States.
The Seiko Prospex Black Series Limited Edition SLA035J1: Hard black coated, Zaratsu-cleaned stainless steel case with sapphire crystal, 43mm x 15.4mm, 300 meters water resistance. Development: Automatic Seiko cal. 8L35 running at 28,800 vph in 26 gems rated to +15 to – 10 seconds out of each day, 50 hours power hold. Silicone strap.
The Seiko Prospex Black Series Limited Edition SPB125J1: Hard black coated stainless steel case measuring 45mm x 12.9mm, sapphire crystal, 200 meters water resistance. Development: Automatic Seiko cal. 6R35 running at 21,600 vph in 24 gems rated to +25 to – 15 seconds out of every day, 70 hours power save. Silicone strap.
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