I handled the Seiko Prospex SBEX011 recently. This is another commemorative diver released to commemorate the 55th Anniversary of Seiko dive watches. It is powered by the 8L55 Hi-beat movement and is limited to 1100 pieces.
I believe this specimen is from the second shipment that the authorized distributor received. However, I’m not sure why this time it is the SBEX011, instead of the SLA039J1. I thought SBEX is for Japan while SLA is for anywhere outside Japan. The watch comes with the Japanese price tag, the local price tag with “SBEX011J” printed, as well as “SBEX011” printed on the sleeve of the presentation box. This goes to show that the difference between the SBEX and the SLA or for that matter the SBDC/SARX and their SPB equivalents is just the hang tags and stickers.
Below are some of my thoughts on the SBEX011.
This time round I handled the Seiko Prospex SBEX009, a 62MAS reissue that commemorates the 55th Anniversary of Seiko dive watches. Seiko actually released two of these 62MAS reissue models this year using their 8L35 and 8L55 movements respectively. I posted the 8L35 model (SLA043J1) on this blog a few weeks ago. (Link provided at the end of this post)
The model featured in this post is powered by the 8L55 movement which is a high-beat (36000bph) movement. By comparing the specifications of the two watches on Seiko’s website, I notice that the 8L55 movement has a power reserve of 55 hours which is 5 hours more than the 8L35 movement. The SBEX009 is also 0.6mm thicker than the SLA043J1.
You can tell the two watches apart by looking at their second hands. The SLA043J1 has a blue second hand while the high-beat SBEX009 has a silver coloured one. The SBEX009 has the word “Hi-Beat” printed on its dial right under the Seiko logo. In addition, the SLA043J1 comes with a waffle style silicone strap while the SBEX009 comes with a Tropic silicone strap.
Below are some pictures of the SBEX009.
This time round I handled yet another new Seiko diver and that is the Seiko Prospex Shogun, SPB189J1 and SPB191J1. I believe 2020 is the year that Seiko released the most number of divers in their entire watchmaking history. From entirely new models to new variants of existing models, I have lost count of how many models they have churned out this year.
The new Seiko Shogun appears to be an update to the previous model, the SBDC029 which replaced the SBDC007. It is powered by the 6R35 movement which has 70 hours of power reserve. There are also some changes in the dial, hands and bezel as compared to the previous model.
Below are some thoughts on the SPB189J1 and SPB191J1.
This time round I handled the new Seiko Prospex model, SPB185 and SPB187. This model has been nicknamed “MM200” by the watch community because it has a case design that is similar to the Marinemaster 300. It has a diameter of 42mm and a thickness of 12.5mm. Lug width is 20mm and lug to lug distance is 49mm.
Below are my views on this watch.
I handled this Seiko 5 Sports briefly recently. The case design is similar to the 5KX sports model except it has a smooth and non-rotating bezel. The diameter of this watch is 40mm while that of the 5KX is 42.5mm.
Below are some pictures.
Had the opportunity to check out the latest Seiko Monster, the SRPF35K1. This watch has a black PVD body and a striking yellow dial with black minute chapter ring. It is a Special Edition that comes on an olive green silicon strap and has the words “Special Edition” engraved on its caseback.
Below are some pictures.
This time round I checked out the Seiko Prospex SLA043J1, one out of a series of dive watches released to commemorate the 55th Anniversary of Seiko divers. This model is inspired by Seiko’s first diver, the 62MAS released in 1965. It is powered by the 8L35 movement and is limited to 1700 pieces.
Below are my opinions.
This time round I had the opportunity to handle the new Seiko Alpinist from the Seiko Prospex Land sub-brand. Unlike the previous models, this model has been reduced to 38mm diameter and does not have the inner compass bezel and crown. It is powered by the 6R35 movement that has 70 hours of power reserve.
Below are my opinions on this watch.
This time round I had the opportunity to handle a “not so new” Seiko Prospex model, the SRPB61K1. This is a 2019 model released under the Prospex Sky sub-brand. It is a pilot style watch that is powered by the 4R35 automatic movement and has a bi-directional rotating slide rule bezel for performing mathematical calculation/conversion during flight. It has a diameter of 44.7mm and uses a curved Hardlex crystal.
If you are into Swiss watches, Hamilton has recently released a similar watch known as the Khaki Aviation Converter Auto at 42mm diameter. In addition, they have also released a GMT model and a Chronograph model. Both are automatic and have a 44mm diameter.
Below are some pictures of the Seiko SRPB61K1.