Chosen by adventurers and seekers on expeditions to the North and South Poles, Seiko’s reputation for reliable and durable diver’s watches was forged in the 1960s and 1970s. With this heritage in mind, the brand has released modern reinterpretations of three legendary Seiko Prospex divers from this period dedicated to preserving our oceans. Drawing inspiration from the design of the glaciers these pioneers saw during their sojourns in the Arctic and Antarctica, the new Seiko Prospex Save the Ocean Special Edition diver’s watches feature icy textured dials in the Ocean SPB297 Special Edition Collection , SPB299 and SPB301.
In all variants, high-luminosity applied indexes and faceted hands with LumiBrite inserts, bequeathing Save the Ocean Special Edition dive watches with maximum functionality and readability, even in the most demanding and difficult conditions. Presented on steel bracelets with secure clasps and extenders and accompanied by an ultra-hard coated stainless steel case that balances the elements of ruggedness with an elegant brushed and polished finish, the unidirectional rotating bezel with matte black insert and scale 60-minute dive, tough sapphire crystal, The solid caseback and screw-down crown that allow for 200m water resistance make the latest collection a stylish and durable everyday companion.
Based on the very first Japanese mechanical diver’s watch from 1965 which proved its reliability when used by members of the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE) from 1966 to 1969, the SPB297 is directly modeled on the legendary 62MAS. Scuba diving refers to a mix of snorkeling and freediving with more time at the surface looking at the scenery below while breathing through a snorkel, so at 40.5mm × 13.2mm , the Seiko Prospex SPB297 has skin diver proportions. The sumptuousness of the dial cannot be overstated, shades of darker blue rendered in streaks across the dial of the timepiece are reminiscent of ice in shadow, much like what the JARE explorers encountered on their expeditions. Combined with a radially brushed black bezel and a brushed center case and lugs, all of the physical elements of the Seiko Prospex SPB297 allow the dial to really shine.
1968 revisited, in two tones of ice blue: Seiko Prospex SPB299
Slightly taller than the SPB297 at 42mm, the 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation SPB299 is nonetheless balanced with a flatter profile at 12.5mm thick. A light aqua blue dial and darker blue bezel similar to the 140th anniversary model adorn this new reinterpretation of the iconic 1968 6159-7001 diver’s watch that was Seiko’s first timepiece with 300m water resistance and a 10-beat automatic. movement. On the new model, the intensity of the color contrasts with a greater display of brushed finish detailing and polished beveling on the top edges create a significantly more angular case.
A new interpretation of Naomi Uemura’s 1970s Seiko
Sharing the case shape of the watch worn by Japanese explorer and adventurer Naomi Uemura from 1974 to 1976 on her famous 12,000 km dog sled journey from Greenland to Alaska. This 1970 diver’s watch had a flowing case design with an asymmetrical extension that protected the crown at the four o’clock position. With its solid construction, 150 meter water resistance, luminous hands and indexes, it was perfect for those looking for a watch of exceptional resistance and visibility. For the Seiko Prospex Save the Ocean Special Edition, it finds a lighter blue bezel surrounding a new detailed white dial encased in the brand’s distinctive “Willard” case shape. At 42.7mm x 13.2mm, it is the largest in the Save the Ocean 2022 collection.
Seiko Prospex Save the Ocean Editions for Everyday and Occasions
All three watches are powered by the proven caliber 6R35 which offers a power reserve of 70 hours. These three watches join the Seiko Prospex Save the Ocean series, a program that offers financial and other support to marine charities chosen by Seiko. All three watches are available at Seiko boutiques and select retail stores around the world.