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Seiko is on a roll in 2022 as it has released numerous iconic watch collections such as the King Seiko collection and the Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Series Zero Halliburton Limited Edition. Its newest addition will be the Seiko Prospex Black Series Limited Edition, all set to become available in March 2022.
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This collection pays homage by re-interpreting the classic Seiko watches of the 60s and the 70s. Keep reading to find out which watches are the inspiration behind the new collection and what are their design and technical aspects. Let’s dive in!
|Reference||No of Watches||Watch Movement||Water Resistance||Case Material||Case Dimensions||Price|
|The Seiko Prospex Black Series Limited Edition|
|SPB253J1||5,500||Calibre 6R35||200m / 660ft diver’s||Stainless steel (hard coating)||Thickness: 13.2 mm|
Diameter: 40.5 mm
Length: 47.6 mm
|SPB255J1||5,500||Calibre 6R35||200m / 660ft diver’s||Stainless steel (hard coating)||Thickness: 12.5 mm|
Diameter: 42 mm
Length: 48.8 mm
|SPB257J1||5,500||Calibre 6R35||200m / 660ft diver’s||Stainless steel (hard coating)||Thickness: 13.2 mm|
Diameter: 42.7 mm
Length: 41.6 mm
|SLA061J1||1,000||Calibre 8L35||200m / 660ft diver’s||Stainless steel (hard coating)||Thickness: 13 mm|
Diameter: 44 mm
Length: 49.3 mm
Seiko Prospex Black Series SPB253J1
The Prospex SPB253J1 is the distant cousin of Seiko’s first-ever dive watch, the 62MAS, as it is modelled after the Prospex 1965, which is this historic watch’s re-interpretation. The grandfather of all Seiko watches, the 62 MAS had an immense influence for the next 55 years on almost all the Seiko watch models. Its reference is 6214-8000, but watch enthusiasts remember it as 62MAS, with MAS being an acronym for “autoMAtic Selfdater”.
The SPB253J1’s clean, squared-off skin diver-style lugs and broad, radially brushed bezel insert are a complete giveaway of where the design inspiration comes from. It has a chunky black stainless steel case with dimensions of 40.5 mm by 13.2 mm.
The colour pallet is an exuberant mix of beige, grey, and orange. It paints the perfect image of an ocean at night, with the dark colours showcasing the silence, peace, darkness, and tranquillity of the ocean, whereas, the pop of colour, orange, indicates the lights that illuminate it.
Even though the dial is a mix of beige grey and black, everything looks legible and prominent, even in the darkness, thanks to the generous amount of LumiBrite.
Seiko provides you with two strap options with this watch, a brown textile strap and black rubber. Don’t worry, you won’t have to pay extra for the second strap, it comes free of cost with the watch.
The Seiko Prospex SPB 253J1 is powered by the Seiko’s Calibre 6R35. It comes with 24 jewels and has a frequency of 21,600 vph.
Seiko Prospex SPB255J1
The Seiko Prosopex SPB255J1 pays tribute to the Seiko ref 6159-7001. This 1968 diver set the brand’s design codes; Seiko still uses them. It had the highest water resistance capability amongst all Seiko watches at that time, and was first the hi-beat diver’s watch on the market. It was the direct predecessor of the 62MAS but had double the water resistance capability with drastic improvement in precision. Such an upgrade in mere three years, impressive!
Similar to the 6159-7001, the new Seiko Prospex Black Series Limited Edition SBP255J1 features the crown at 4 o’clock and large, applied roundels for the hours. It has a black coated stainless steel case with dimensions of 42 mm by 12.5 mm.
The orange on the diving scale on the bezel and the hands provide an eye-catching pop of colour, which contrasts well with the other dark-toned aesthetics. Similar to the SBP253J1, the SBP255J1 also comes with two strap options, a brown textile strap and a black rubber one.
The Seiko Prospex SPB255J1 is powered with the same automatic movement, 6R35, as the other two.
Seiko Prospex Black Series SPB257J1 Limited Edition
The Seiko Prospex SPB257J1 is the direct descendent of another one of Seiko’s iconic dive watches, the Seiko 6105-8110. It holds a special place in history as US soldiers wore it during the Vietnam War. Another interesting fact about this watch is its presence in the legendary movie Apocalypse Now. People remember it as Captain Willard!
The SPB257J1 is a rather large watch with case dimensions of 42.7mm by 13.2mm. However, it doesn’t look too bulky as it has integrated short lugs. It’s almost identical to others in terms of aesthetic and technicalities, with the only difference being the crown protected by the extended caseband from 3 to 5 o’clock. This differentiating factor makes it a bit higher in cost as compared to the other two.
Seiko Prospex SLA061J1
The Seiko 6105 is the inspiration behind the Seiko Prospex SLA061J1. This iconic Seiko dive watch became famous because it was featured in the Apocalypse Now and was worn by the legendary Japanese adventurer Naomi Uemura.
It is quite different from the other three Seiko Prospex Black Series Limited Edition models in both appearance and technicalities. Unlike them, it doesn’t feature orange in its bezel. This vibrant colour is limited to the dial and the second hand in SLA061J1.
The SLA061J1 has a black stainless steel case with dimensions of 44mm by 13mm. Its case is solid, which means you won’t be able to see the internal machinery, and has a water resistance of up to 200 m.
The Calibre 8L35 powers the SLA061J1, which is a 4Hz automatic movement with a 50-hour power reserve. It is handcrafted for diver watches at the Shizukuishi Watch Studio in northern Japan.
This is our take on the new Seiko Prospex Black Series Limited Edition. Let us know which one amongst these three models is your favourite. Also, don’t forget to share which watches do you want us to write on in the next post!