A few days ago, at the opening of Baselworld 2017, we’ve been introducing to you the star of the show for Seiko collectors, the super-vintage, super-faithful and super-cool reedition of the Seiko Diver 62Mas, under the reference SLA017. This watch is superb, but it has two issues: a rather hefty price and a limited production. So, for those with a smaller budget or those who won’t be able to get the limited edition, Seiko will also have a more accessible and more modern interpretation of the iconic 62Mas, the Seiko Prospex Diver SPB051 and SPB053.
As such, these two Seiko Prospex Diver SPB051 and SPB053 will certainly create a bit less emotions than the SLA017. There’s no doubt about it. This edition is a talking piece, a faithful vintage reedition of what certainly is the most iconic watch of the Japanese brand. Yet, it will be hard to find and the budget is rather consequent. Still, don’t get me wrong here, the Seiko SPB051 and SPB053 are not poor’s man options. They have strong arguments to becomes heartbreakers for collectors. We’re talking about Prospex dive watches from Seiko anyway.
These new Seiko Prospex Diver SPB051 and SPB053 also echo the design of the 1965 original 62Mas (ref. 6217), but are thoroughly up-to-date in their functions and meet Seiko’s stringent standards for modern dive watches. You have to see in these watches an evocation of the past, not a copy-past of a vintage model. This is why for instance, while sharing some elements of the 62Mas in terms of design (integrated lugs, straight casebands, non-protected crown or circular brushing on flat surfaces), the case has been updated to be larger, stronger and more efficient. Still crafted in stainless steel, it now measures 42.6mm in diameter and 13.8mm in height, respectable dimensions for sure, but not overly massive as many dive watches from Seiko (it’s not unusual to 44mm or 45mm cases at Seiko, especially in the Prospex line).
The overall shape feels more modern, less squarish than the 62Mas. Yet, these Seiko Prospex Diver SPB051 and SPB053 still uses some known elements: the same kind of bezel insert, with dots and numerals, some large embossed indexes, featuring a lot of luminous paint and circled by metallic rings, just like the date window at 3. Yet, evolutions are visible. For instance, these indexes are now trapezoidal (not rectangular anymore) and the hands are different: a sword hand for the minutes and a large arrow for the hours, a design more in line with modern creations of the brand. The water resistance has been increased to 200 meters and the crystal is sapphire for greater strength and durability and has an anti-reflection coating.
Inside the case is a known, reliable automatic movement, the Calibre 6R15, which powers many of the middle-range Seiko watches. This movement beats at 3Hz and boasts 50h of power reserve. it is a modern calibre, introduced in 2006, which already proved its precision (regulated to -15 / +25 seconds/day).
Two versions of this new Seiko Prospex Diver will be available:
- the SPB051, with black dial and black bezel, complemented by a stainless steel bracelet with three-fold clasp, push button release, secure lock and extender – Price: EUR 1,100 – Available in November 2017.
- the SPB053, with blue dial and blue bezel, attached to an accordion-style silicone strap (invented by Seiko in 1975) – Price: EUR 900 – Available in November 2017.