Managed to pick up this special edition Seiko SRP653K, a commemorative watch for the 50th Anniversary of Seiko divers. The first Seiko diver, the 6217-8000 was released in 1965 and since then, Seiko has released many iconic divers based on the latest watchmaking technologies that were available through the years. Many of these divers are “world first” so to speak.
This special edition diver pays tribute to the shrouded divers, a design that is unique to Seiko. Here is a quick photo review.
Seiko released a number of shrouded Prospex watches recently (Kinetic diver, chronograph and 4R36 diver). Here is a one that I did not post pictures here when it was released several months ago. I remember three variants were released of which two were limited editions. This is the regular edition which is still in production.
It is powered by the V175 solar chronograph movement. This is the same movement found in the popular solar chronograph diver (SSC017).
Here are some quick pictures of the watch:
This one was released a while ago but I only saw it in the metal today. The unique thing about it is the thickened section on the bezel from 0 to 20 seconds. This watch has the wide, “tuna style” hour and minute hands, and is powered by the 4R36 movement.
Here are some quick cellphone shots.
Here are some proper pictures of the new Seiko Prospex 200m diver, SRP637K. This is definitely a nicer looking and wearable 7S or 4R based 200m diver that Seiko made in recent years. I mean the Baby Tuna is nice but the plastic shroud won’t last long. The Stargate is nice too but the lume pip tend to fall off. The Monster with fangs is nice but it’s too small for today’s standard. Let’s hope there’s no problem with this one.
Here are the pictures.
Saw the new Seiko 200m shrouded divers at K2. They are similar to the Baby Tuna (or Sardine as they call it) model that was discontinued a while ago. The main difference besides the hands is the metal shroud which I think is much better than the plastic one.
I saw three variants and here are some quick and dirty cellphone pictures of two of them – SRP639K and SRP641K. The third model, SRP637K will be in my next post.
Had the opportunity the check out the Seiko Prospex Kinetic GMT divers at K2 recently. The three models I handled are SUN019P, SUN021P and SUN023P. They are big, thick and heavy, and will dwarf almost any Seiko diver you put next to them except the big tunas (SD and Emperor). They are powered by the 5M85 Kinetic movement and the GMT hand can be set independently.
I do not know the diameter but I do know that the lug width is 24mmm. Here are the pictures I took.
Here’s another Prospex model that was released recently. This one is powered by the 4R35 movement (date only) and comes with a compass bezel (non-click). It is not exactly a new model as it was released earlier under the Superior line with a different dial design (See link at the bottom of this post).
For the Prospex model, the date window shows five continuous dates instead of one. The hour markers are represented by minute numerals (05,10…etc) instead of the usual 1,2,3 or straight bars. The case design looks very much like the Monster in my previous post but it is actually a bigger watch with a 44mm diameter.
Here are some pictures of the SRP577K.