Seiko Prospex 1970 Diver’s Re-Creation Limited Edition: It’s Turtle Time Again!
Seiko has an annual tradition of revisiting the great classics from the past and creating re-editions that stay true to their roots that are also updated with the brand’s latest technology. The fact that these are chiefly limited editions increases desire among Seiko’s ever-growing community of fans and collectors.
For 2019 Seiko has plunged once again into its rich history, this time resurfacing with a cool timekeeper drawing inspiration from the aptly named “1970s diver’s watch.”
The reason for the minimalist name might be that back in those days true diver’s watches that could actually be taken hundreds of meters below the surface were indeed rare birds (or turtles) – a fact that might be surprising considering today’s plethora of diver’s watches.
But it was true that, aside from industry giants like Rolex, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Blancpain, and a handful of specialists like Doxa and of course Seiko, few brands could claim to being makers of professional diver’s watches. Seiko introduced its first diver’s watch in 1968.
The brand’s 1970s diver’s watch blazed the trail for successive timepieces that collectors today affectionately call “the Turtle.” The bold, wide, cushion-shaped case with rounded edges, purely designed this way to protect the crown positioned at 4 o’clock and enabling water resistance of 150 meters, looked like the highly effective shell that Mother Nature gifted the turtle more than 150 million years ago.
The Seiko Prospex Diver’s Re-Creation of the 1970s diver’s watch pays tribute to the uniqueness of its original design, offering the bold outgoing charisma of the decade. The new watch is slightly larger, but it preserves all of the original design codes.
The new Prospex features many of Seiko’s contemporary achievements, including a super-hard coating for the stainless steel case, now water-resistant to 200 meters, and the brand’s own Zaratsu polishing for the bezel. Executed by masters of the technique in Seiko’s Shizukuishi Watch Studio in northern Japan, the polishing technique offers the signature interplay of light and shadow that Seiko fans appreciate.
The turtle lives!
For more information, please visit www.seiko.com.
Quick Facts Seiko Prospex 1970 Diver’s Re-Creation Limited Edition (Ref. SLA033)
Case: 45 x 13 mm, stainless steel, water resistance to 200 meters
Movement: automatic Caliber 8L35, 4Hz/28,800 vph frequency, power reserve 50 hours, magnetic resistance to 4,800 A/m
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; date
Limitation: 2,500 pieces
Availability: as of July 2019
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