Seiko Diver 55th Anniversary – SLA041J1

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.
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Seiko Diver 55th Anniversary – SBEX011 (SLA039J1) Hi-Beat

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.
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Seiko Diver 55th Anniversary – SBEX009 (SLA037J1) Hi-Beat

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.
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Seiko Prospex Shogun – SPB189J1 and SPB191J1

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.
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Seiko Prospex MM200 – SPB185J1 and SPB187J1

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.
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Seiko 5 Sports – SRPE65K1

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.
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Special Edition Seiko Monster – SRPF35K1

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.
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Seiko Diver 55th Anniversary – SLA043J1

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.
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Milanese Mesh Strap by strapsco.com

This time round I tried out a Milanese Mesh Strap that I received from strapsco.com. I don’t usually wear my watches on metal bracelet but the mesh strap is quite interesting to wear as it has a different look and feel compared to the standard Jubilee or Oyster style bracelets that are made up of links that are joined together.

Let’s take a look.
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