Just like each year, Seiko is one of our number one visits. They continually bring some incredible restricted version pieces while refreshing their typical creation line with competitive and alluring contributions. As usual, there’s a ton to see, so we’ll separate the pieces into a couple articles. Today, we’ll center around the Prospex watches and we’ll get back with additional on Grand Seiko, the Presage line and a couple of Astrons for great measure. Seiko Prospex at Baselworld 2018 was a major year for jumpers, particularly with a glance back at pieces 40 and 50 years prior – let’s take a look.
Seiko 1978 Quartz Saturation Diver’s Re-creation Limited Edition
We’ll avoid the significant piece of a name above and call this new piece from Prospex at Baselworld 2018 the Golden Tuna reedition (ref. S23626J1). Indeed, it’s been a long time since the 7549 Golden Tuna was first released and the brand decided to commemorate the event with a reissue. Presently, I need to concede, this is an extraordinary looking watch, however it is somewhat of an odd one. For what reason is that?
The unique Golden Tuna (above) contained a 7549 development and was water impervious to 600M. This new piece contains a 7C46 (that is fine and expected) however is impervious to 1000M. Basically, because of the water obstruction and development utilized, it really resembles the 2nd age Golden Tuna that was released during the 1980’s. Why Seiko didn’t put 600M on the dial is past us, yet the watch looks extraordinary nonetheless.
At simply a shade under 50mm in distance across, the piece contains a titanium inward case and a zirconia cover. The precious stone is sapphire and it has Seiko’s incredible new silicone band. This one isn’t modest at 2,400 Euros, however with just 1,978 being delivered, we expect it will sell rapidly. All things considered, who doesn’t cherish a Golden Tuna?
Seiko 1978 Quartz Saturation Diver’s Commemorative Limited Edition
We not just get a retro piece in celebration of 1978, however another restricted model (ref. S23627J1) to celebrate the date came from Seiko Prospex at Baselworld 2018. With this model, we get a violet gold-shaded “Cermet” fired cover and dark titanium case.
The size is equivalent to the Golden Tuna above and as should be obvious, the hands follow the plan of ongoing Prospex jumpers. Of note, the unidirectional bezel contains radiant on the initial 20 minutes of numbers and the precious stone is sapphire. Seiko will create 800 of these at a cost of 3,000 Euros.
Seiko 1978 Quartz Diver’s Modern Re-Interpretation
For me these, sun based fueled “Fish lites” hushed up hits from Seiko Prospex at Baselworld 2018. I’ve never been an immense enthusiast of Seiko’s lower-spec covered jumpers, yet these watches – particularly the Golden Tuna clone truly were on the mark.
At 46.7mm in width and just 11.5mm thick, they fit truly well. With a hard plastic cover and steel case, they feel tough as well. Hardlex is utilized for the precious stone and the water obstruction is a lower, yet at the same time respectable 200M. Three renditions of this watch are available.
The incredible brilliant rendition (ref. SNE498P1) retails for a more than reasonable 420 Euros, while the PADI Special Edition (SNE499P1) comes in at 400 Euros.
If a steel bracelet is your thing there’s a dark dialed rendition with stainless equipment that costs 400 Euros. Once more, this was an amazing top choice of mine and, indeed, shows how the brand performs at all cost ranges.
Seiko Prospex Save the Ocean
With Seiko Prospex at Baselworld 2018, the brand declared an association with Fabien Cousteau and three new pieces to help his Ocean Learning Center. Every one of the three watches are ordinary creation extraordinary version pieces with excellent blue “wave dials” that include an inclination from dim blue to lighter blue. The primary reference is a “Turtle” (ref. SRPC91K1) with another, bi-hued blue bezel, dark crown and the previously mentioned wave dial. It will retail for 450 Euros.
A Samurai jumper with 4R35 development (ref. SRPC93K1) likewise advances into the collection and will be estimated at 490 Euros.
Finally, a sun powered chronograph completes the set of three (ref. SSC675P1) and will sell for 430 Euros. I’m by and large not one for slope dials, but rather the blue takes on a stunning clear quality when seen at specific angles. I can envision that they’d be shocking throughout the Summer in the daylight or in any event, when diving.
Seiko 1968 Automatic Diver’s Commemorative Limited Edition
In somewhat of a shock and maybe as a unintended farewell to the evidently suspended MM300 SBDX017, Seiko Prospex at Baselworld 2018 acquainted us with a green restricted release variation of the model. The watch is genuinely indistinguishable from the MM300 however it’s finished with an exquisite green dial and bezel. Evidently, this represents the woodlands of the Japanese island, Yakushima, which turns out to be a mainstream plunge spot as well.
Of note, the compass seconds hand is gold just as the 300M composition on the dial. This was a gradual process for me, yet it wound up being one of my top choices – the remainder of the group concurred. Seiko will create 1,968 of ref. SLA019J1 and it will retail for 3200 Euros.
Seiko 1968 Automatic Diver’s Re-creation Limited Edition
If a year ago was the time of the 62MAS with the declaration of the SLA017 restricted release, at that point this is year of the 1968 Hi-Beat 6159 jumper for Seiko Prospex at Baselworld 2018. This is one of Seiko’s most notorious watches and alongside its momentarily created (and almost indistinguishable looking) archetype, the 6215, the 6159 were among Seiko’s first expert plunge watches. The 6159 is a sweetheart on the optional market with decent examples currently crossing the five figure mark. The 6159 was a front-stacking case jumper and highlighted a hey beat 36,000 bph programmed movement.
The reissue, the SLA025, highlights those equivalent qualities and incorporates the radiant 8L55. The 8L55 is a 37 gem show-stopper that is basically a Grand Seiko 9S85 with less wrapping up. The new watch is genuinely very much done face to face, and at 5500 Euros, it ought to be. Some have complained about the expense for this restricted release of 1500 pieces, however I discover it to be very compelling versus even the Rolex Submariner. You have all the beneficial things like a sapphire gem, screw-down crown, and a very hard covering working on this issue. It comes in at 44.8mm and highlights a 19mm silicone waffle lash. This is a shocker of a watch and notwithstanding its greater cost of section, Seiko shouldn’t have any issue in selling these.
Seiko 1968 Automatic Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation
Last year, Seiko brought us two current re-translation of the 62MAS close by the restricted release ( ref. SPB051 and SPB053 ). This year, Seiko Prospex at Baselworld 2018 follows after accordingly with a couple current re-translations of the 6159 Hi-Beat. Basically, you have a comparative case to the 6159, but a touch smaller at 44mm and with screw-down case back, with the fresher Prospex hand set. Also, the development utilized is the durable 6R15 and water opposition is 200M.
For some explanation, I discover these pieces undeniably more fit to a cutting edge re-translation versus the 62MAS and I truly enjoyed them. Seiko will offer a dark dial and bezel rendition (ref. SPB077J1) on bracelet for 1100 Euros and a form with a dim blue bezel on dark silicone tie for 900 Euros. These should be exceptionally fruitful, as they look definitely more costly than their costs would suggest.
As referenced, this was an extraordinary year for Seiko at Baselworld 2018. With releases dependent on the Tuna and the first Hi-beat jumper, the brand hit on a couple of my number one topics from their back index. Let us know underneath what you delighted in and stay tuned for more Seiko news from Baselworld.