55 years ago, Seiko released their - and Japan's - first ever diver's watch, the 62MAS. With an automatic movement and water resistance to 150m, it proved its reliability when it was used by Japanese Antarctic Research Expeditions in the 1960s. In the years that followed, Seiko created many other diver's watches that found favour with professional divers and adventurers alike, thanks to their high quality and reliability.
In celebration of the 55th Anniversary of the Seiko diver's watch, Seiko presents the Limited Edition Prospex SLA043.
Its dark and desaturated "marine blue" dial and strap colour is intended to signify unforgiving, freezing seas surrounding Antarctica, whilst the hairline finish on the front and sides of the case are designed to represent a glacier's angular looks. This deep, muted tone is complemented by a vibrant ice blue seconds hand. The case back features an engraving of Seiko’s old school dolphin emblem alongside a limited edition serial number.
This beautiful 1965 Diver's Re-creation uses Seiko's "Ever-brilliant Steel" which gives the case its unique hue and makes it more corrosion resistant than the steel used in most high-end watches today. Brighter in appearance when compared to standard stainless steel, this material is used extensively in the surfaces, linings, bolts and other components of marine structures and vessels so as to avoid corrosion in a chloride rich environment such as sea water.
While faithful to the 1965 62MAS design, this new Prospex diver's watch has greatly enhanced functionality. It is powered by 8L35 movement, has a box-shaped sapphire crystal and 200m water resistance for greater reliability.
Limited to 1,700 pieces worldwide, and presented in a collector's box, the SLA043J is available now from H&S Jewellers! Shop here: https://www.hsjewellers.com.au/collections/seiko-prospex-divers-watches/ or visit us in store to try on this incredible piece.