This time round, I had the opportunity to handle the 6R15 version of the 62MAS reissue. This is a local specimen and hence the model number is SPB051J. The model number in Japan is SBDC051. It was released along with the SBDX019 in 2017.
The SBDX019 is closer to the 1965 62MAS in terms of look and feel while the SOB051J is more like a modern interpretation of the vintage diver. It has the size of a modern dive watch and the dial deviates pretty far from the original 62MAS.
- Hours markers are not the same rectangular shape as the 62MAS.
- X logo on the dial is something Seiko started using in recent years.
- Hands are not the same, especially the hour hand.
Below is a pictorial review with some comments and feature highlights.
In the dial shot above:
1. The tip of the hour and minute hands are squarish instead of sharp.
1. Circular brush pattern on the lugs.
In the next few pictures below:
1. Curved Sapphire crystal
2. Coin edge bezel
3. Screw in crown
In pictures below:
1. Drilled through lugs
2. No “S” or “X” signature on the crown.
3. Nice downward sloping lugs.
In the pictures below:
1. Screw on case back.
2. Tsumani logo
Diameter: 42.6mm excluding crown
Lug Width: 20mm
This watch is distributed in Singapore by the authorized distributor, Thong Sia Co. Pte Ltd.
Price shown is for reference only. I am not a watch seller so please do not ask me for quotation.
Although the SPB051J is not a very close or exact re-edition of Seiko’s first diver from 1965, it is a nice watch in its own right. I prefer this watch to the Sumo because of the following:
- Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.
- Diashield coating.
- Bezel insert with standard design. The numbers on the Sumo are too large.
- Nice coin edge bezel.
Seiko SPB05J featured in this post is provided by K2 Watch Co.