SEIKO DIVER'S WATCH 55th Anniversary Limited Editions
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Available November 2020 - Pre-Orders Open November 1st
55 years ago, Seiko introduced its, and Japan's, first ever diver's watch. With an automatic movement and water resistance to 150m, it proved its reliability when it was used by members for Antarctic survey in the 1960s. In the years that followed, Seiko created many other diver's watches that found favor with professional divers and adventurers alike, thanks to their high quality and reliability.
Special anniversary models suitable for the finale of 2020, which celebrated the 55th anniversary of the Seiko diver's watch will appear. Based on the historical models released in 1965 and 1970, which are the milestones of Seiko diver's watch history, this is a limited collections that is updated to the specifications and design suitable for the 55th anniversary.
The 1965 Diver's Original modelSeiko's and Japan's first ever diver's watch was made in 1965 at a time when watches with high levels of water resistance were not widely available. It incorporated an automatic mechanical caliber and delivered 150m water resistance. As leisure diving grew in popularity, the watch found favor with an ever wider public and set Seiko on a path of continuous development in durable, accurate and safe diver's watches that has continued to this day. The greatest feature is in the grade of stainless steel used in case. To be known as Seiko's "Ever-Brilliant Steel," thanks to the brilliant white hue that gives this watch its unique look, this grade of steel is more corrosion resistant than that which is used in most high-end watches today.
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. It presents many challenges in the manufacture of watch cases but, thanks to the experience and innovative techniques of the Seiko team, these challenges were overcome and Ever-Brilliant Steel is now set to bring a new level of durability to the diver's watch.
It is powered by the 8L35 movement, developed and assembled expressly for diver's watches at the Shizukuishi Watch Studio.
Case backWhile faithful to the 1965 design, this new Prospex diver's watch has greatly enhanced functionality. It has a box-shaped sapphire crystal and 200m water resistance for greater reliability.
The case back bears the same dolphin emblem as the 1965 original.
*In an actual product, the case back direction might be different from the photograph.