At Baselworld 2019, the new Seiko SLA033 1970 Diver appeared: an advanced, yet dependable reevaluation of the collectible 6105-8110/9.

We live in good occasions where Seiko presents to us a wide scope of new models every single year at Baselworld.  They’ve additionally now set a precedent of reissuing modernized, yet obvious re-versions of jumpers from their back catalog.  Two years prior, it was the SLA017 in celebration of the legendary “62MAS” and a year ago we saw the SLA025 as the hey beat 6159-7000.  This year, we’re blessed to see a watch in the shape of the 6105-8110/9 (also called the “Captain Willard” from its put on the arm of entertainer Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now) called the Seiko SLA033 1970 Diver.

Inspired by the 1970 6105-8110 Diver

Now, the 6105-8110 (a “9” toward the end essentially assigns that the watch was sold in different districts of the world) was my entrance into vintage Seiko (seen above) and it will consistently hold an extraordinary spot in my heart.  Mine came from the Philippines I actually review the almost multi month stand by until German traditions educated me that it had arrived.  I was fidgety, however the watch was the value the stand by with its extraordinarily molded lump at 4:00 that made ready for later jumpers such 6306/9 “Turtle” jumpers and their current reincarnations.  The 6105-8110 was presented in 1970 and was made until generally 1977.  At 44mm, it’s not a little watch, but rather with a carry to haul of 47mm, it’s a shockingly simple watch to wear.  Combined with a clear dial and bezel plan and simply a bit of fly with its “traffic light” clear seconds hand, it’s a dazzling jumper that really contrasted from the plethora of watches that resembled Subs or skin jumpers at the time.  Adding a vintage 19mm dark straightforward “waffle strap” to the watch completes the look.  And in this way, indeed, I was eager to find out about the new Seiko SLA033 1970 Diver.

Upgraded Features on the Seiko SLA033 1970 Diver

With the Seiko SLA033 1970 Diver, the brand gives a cutting edge, and more upscale reevaluation of the 6105.  The brand has given a valiant effort to keep things dimensionally reliable with just a little polar upsizing of 1mm to 45mm.  I’d accept that the length additionally develops to 48mm, so it’s still very reasonable.  What I truly like is that the thickness remains profoundly normal at 13mm.  As the watch is implicit similar workshops of Grand Seiko’s (the Shizukuishi Watch Studio) added its commended Zaratsu cleaning to the top side of the case.  Curiously, the brand has added drilled through drag holes – the 6105 didn’t have them – to encourage changes in lieu of utilizing the provided waffle silicone lash (that appreciates collecting dust unfortunately).  Then once more, the freshest Turtles likewise contain this supportive feature.

Bezel-wise, the Seiko SLA033 1970 Diver moves up to uni-directional and adds a hard-wearing painted lustrous bezel embed (Seiko never genuinely mentions to us what this is, however I’ve asked at the boutiques).  Of genuine note, and fortunately, the screw-down crown shows us that it should be turned clockwise for locking.  It’s a similar engraving as on the first 6105, yet that model included a troublesome push-in and curve crown that wasn’t precisely known for its drawn out water resistance.

With the conventional screw-down crown, a sapphire precious stone, and screw-down case back (with “horseshoe” etching right for the previous models), water obstruction is 200M compared to the original’s 150M.  Inside the watch, we have the 8L35 that additionally discovered its way into the SLA017 “62MAS” re-edition.  It’s basically a less brightened Grand Seiko development that hacks, beats at 28,800 bph, and can be hand wound (not at all like the first 6105 caliber).  The date, obviously, is quickset, and the development hacks.

Pricing and Thoughts

The Seiko SLA033 1970 Diver will be made in a restricted release of 2,500 pieces.  Figure on a July appearance date in boutiques.  Pricing, in Europe, will be 4,350 Euros.

Seeing the Seiko SLA033 1970 Diver face to face, it’s hard not to like what feels like an old friend.  The whole feel is natural, yet you can likewise in a flash tell that different attributes have been overhauled and made more solid.  While completing was consistently phenomenal in my book on vintage Seiko’s, this new piece is clearly on another level.  And to be perfectly honest, at 4,350 Euros, ti would do well to be.  I can comprehend that with the determinations Seiko has added (and including where it will be fabricated), they’re showcasing this as a premium watch.  On the other hand, when a jewel mint – some may say the feared “NOS” word – 6105-8110/9 can be sourced for generally $3,000, this presents some competition at any rate in my vintage mind.  And, as a nitpicker, I urgently miss the more “Water 150M Resist” with the notable “Suwa” image beneath it on the dial.  This new model essentially states “Diver’s 200m” and I think things look a touch empty.  Honestly, I comprehend why Seiko may not wish to utilize the Suwa image since it meant the creation area, however I figure keeping a similar book as the first and changing 150 to 200 would have look recently a smidgen better.  Plus, an applied logo on the dial with regards to the first would have been nice.  As I said, I’m demanding, yet in the event that you’re going to go to all the trouble of reproducing a watch, why not take that additional little step?

When Seiko its yearly custom of reissuing a vintage jumper, I was trusting that the 6105-8110 would make it at some point.  With the Seiko SLA033 1970 Diver, my desires have been answered.  Yes, it’s costly, however by the day’s end, you’re as yet getting quite possibly the most unmistakable diver’s case shapes with an incredibly top notch in-house development alongside completing and innovation that effectively equals whatever the Swiss are bringing at or maybe double the price.  I imagine that some fail to remember that regardless of a retro case shape and stylish, this watch can without much of a stretch compete with watch from Tudor, Omega, and more.   Needless to say, we’re glad that Seiko put forth the attempt to bring back a particularly legendary design.

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