Here’s another commemorative Seiko Prospex model for the 55th Anniversary of Seiko dive watches. This watch is powered by the 8L35 movement and is limited to 1100 pieces. It is modelled after the 1975 Seiko 600m shrouded diver which is the world’s first dive watch with a titanium case. This re-issue model has an increased anti-magnetism rating of 40,000a/m.
Below are my views on this watch.
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 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 limited edition Seiko Prospex, SPB183J1. This model is limited to 5500 pieces and is released to commemorate the 55th Anniversary of Seiko Divers.
I have a posted quick review of the black dial version SPB151J1 here.
Below are some pictures.
It has been a while. This time round, I had the opportunity to handle the limited edition Seiko Prospex SPB149J1. This watch is limited to 5500 pieces worldwide. Let me tell you what I think of it.