As a huge fan of Seiko (and Grand Seiko at that), it’s always exciting to see the Japanese watchmaker create special limited editions for countries around the world, even if it causes a bit of jealousy that they are only available in these countries. lucky regions. This week it’s Australia’s turn with the launch of two new Australian-themed limited edition dive watches in the Seiko SRPJ53K and SPB347J.
Boss Hunt James Want’s own was on the ground in Noosa for the announcement of the limited-edition Aussie pair of watches, which was the perfect place to launch both watches. The launch also included the announcement of Seiko’s continued commitment to ocean conservation in the “Save The Ocean” collection, where a portion of the proceeds from each watch is donated to the protection of endangered species and habitats under -sailors. Now let’s take a closer look at the Seiko SRPJ53K and SPB347J.
Seiko “Eucalyptus” SRPJ53K Limited Edition
First up we have an Australian version of the iconic Seiko “Turtle” that has been dubbed “Eucalyptus” for its charming gum green dial and bezel. While the 45mm diameter stainless steel case may seem large, the shape of the case means it’s smaller than expected, with the matching steel bracelet draping nicely around the wrist.
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The dial is framed by a darker olive green diver’s bezel, but the dial itself is a much lighter shade of green reminiscent of gum tree leaves and has been finished with an attractive sunbrushed effect. As with all of Seiko’s “Turtle” watches, the dial features large luminous indexes and hands with the date and day indicated at 3 o’clock, while the gold-tone seconds hand is a nice Aussie touch.
As a rugged and reliable diver’s watch, the SRPJ53K has guaranteed water resistance to 200m and is powered by the workhorse 4R36 which offers approximately 41 hours of power reserve. This watch is a limited edition of 1,000 pieces and in addition to the stainless steel bracelet, it also comes with an additional green rubber strap to make it a perfect summer watch.
Seiko “Noosa” SPB347J Limited Edition
Also announced was the Seiko “Noosa” SPB347J Limited Edition, executed in a gradient of shades of blue on the dial reminiscent of the gently shimmering waters of the Sunshine Coast. Despite the slightly more elongated shape of the case, it also measures 45mm in diameter and features case sides that have been expertly polished to an almost mirror finish.
The black and blue diver’s bezel matches the faded blue of the dial well, changing from a very dark blue at 12 o’clock to a much lighter blue at the bottom of the dial. The indexes and hands have also been filled with luminous paint, and the hands are more of a straight sword shape with yellow highlights.
The watch is powered by the top specification 6R35 movement which offers 72 hours or three days of power reserve, with the caliber protected by the solid caseback which guarantees 200m water resistance. The SPB347J is also a limited edition of 1,000 pieces and is exclusively available in Australia and New Zealand.