The Seiko Prospex “King Turtle” diver series has been the brand’s fan favorite since the series’ initial introduction. The ‘King Turtle’ offers enthusiasts a popular balance between price and quality features such as ceramic bezel inserts, while offering a classic Seiko design with a lineage going back to the 6309 diver’s watches of the 1970s. The nickname “Turtle” (referring to its ovoid turtle shell-shaped case) has followed this particular series and its predecessors in Seiko enthusiast circles for decades, the brand itself has always kept the name to distance. For its latest release, however, Seiko fully embraces the “Turtle” legacy of these divers with three special iterations made to celebrate the brand’s partnership with the ocean conservation group Oceanic Society and its continued mission to protect the seven species of sea turtles of the world. To that end, the new Seiko Prospex US Special Edition diver’s watch collection, including the Seiko Prospex SRPH55, Seiko Prospex SRPH57 and Seiko Prospex SRPH59, introduce intricately detailed turtle shell-inspired designs on the dials of these familiar divers. , packing in a striking standard of finish and materials work for the price.
The 45mm stainless steel cases of the Seiko Prospex US Special Edition series are almost identical to the standard “King Turtle” versions, with the same rounded cushion case design. While that diameter might look imposing on paper, Seiko’s unique knack for visually shrinking cases on the wrist should be fully exploited here, thanks to the curved bowl-shaped cut of the case sides and short lugs. The distinctive ‘King Turtle’ visual cues are all there, with radial brushing for the top surface of the case contrasted with full polishing for the sides of the case and a chunky square cut knurled edge for the large unidirectional bezel surrounding the flat sapphire crystal. . All three models in the series use high-tech ceramic inserts for these bezels, the SRPH55 and SRPH57 using classic utility black inserts while the SRPH59 opts for a rich navy tone. Where these three models really add their own flavor is with the solid caseback design, as each of the three sports a soft, stylized engraving of a sea turtle flanking the brand’s stamped tsunami emblem. All three models, like their regular production counterparts, are rated for 200-meter dive-ready water resistance.
Modern Seiko has a reputation for dial finishing that far exceeds its weight class, and the Prospex US Special Edition series dials appear to carry on that heritage. All three models start with the standard “King Turtle” layout, with applied syringe-tip diving indexes, an unframed day / date window at 3 o’clock, and the line’s signature sword and arrow combo. The dial surfaces of these three new models, however, are anything but standard. The texture of the base dial is a tiny random hatch pattern reminiscent of the 2017 Seiko Presage “Starlight” models, covered with a smoky effect and a scaly shadow pattern mimicking the shell plates of sea turtles. Beyond wrapping an impressive amount of visual detail, this intricate surface helps recontextualize other dial elements in the images. For example, the white day / date window at 3 o’clock arguably becomes less disruptive, as no date wheel could match the pattern and remain readable. Each of the three models interprets this complex visual texture in a different color. The Seiko Prospex SRPH59 offers the simplest look of the trio, with ocean blue tones that reinforce the marine inspiration of the images. The Prospex SRPH55 gives the design a more literal take, with a gradient of tortoiseshell brown sliding from honey brown in the center to mahogany to deep cocoa brown at the edge of the dial. Interestingly, this model interprets the network of hull plating lines as reflections rather than shadows in the images, making them translucent white. The Prospex SRPH57 is perhaps the most striking of the trio, however, with a turquoise and teal gradient that is reminiscent of tropical waters and shallow seas in pictures.
All three models in the Seiko Prospex US Special Edition series are powered by the in-house 4R36 automatic movement. While it may not be as refined as its 6R movement series counterparts, the 4R36 is an affordable, rugged and capable model with a 41-hour power reserve at a rate of 21,600 bph. Seiko pairs the Prospex US Special Edition models with both the brand’s version of the classic oyster-style three-link stainless steel bracelet, as well as ‘accordion’ silicone dive bracelets in blue, teal or brown. matched to the dial.
By adding striking dials and complex finishes to the already powerful and elegant “King Turtle” line, the three models of the Seiko Prospex US Special Edition series finally formalize the turtle associations of this historic line and help raise awareness of protection efforts. in progress surrounding the graceful sea turtles of the world. All three models in the Seiko Prospex US Special Edition series, including the Seiko Prospex SRPH55, Seiko Prospex SRPH57 and Seiko Prospex SRPH59, will be available in October 2021 exclusively from selected authorized dealers in the United States and on seikousa.com, but the production numbers are not strictly limited. Each of the three models carries an MSRP of $ 750. For more details, please visit the brand’s website.