Seiko is producing six Prospex diver’s watches this year to mark 50 years since it created Japan’s first hi-beat watch and 40 years since the world’s first saturation diver’s watch was made.
The key model of this year is a limited edition recreation of the Automatic Diver’s watch first made in 1968.
It was just three years after Seiko’s first diver’s watch that Seiko engineers raised the bar with a hi-beat diver’s watch with 300 meter water resistance that became a platform on which Seiko’s future diver’s watch development was based.
It had a 10-beat high precision automatic caliber, a one-piece structure, screw-down protection crown and unidirectional rotating bezel.
The modern recreation, with a production run of just 1968 units, is specified for saturation diving to 300m. It comes in a 44 steel case housing a SPB077 movement with power reserve of 50 hours.
It will sell in Europe for approximately €3200 ($3200).