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US-exclusive Prospex dive watches hit Seiko Luxe stores

Seiko Prospex Ice Diver

Seiko Watch of America has unveiled special edition Prospex dive watches that are on sale exclusively the United States.

They join a long line of Prospex watches that have proved themselves in the harshest environments. For example, they become essential equipment for the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE) within a year of their 1965 introduction.

They were also the choice of generations of polar explorers and mountaineers, such as Japan’s Naomi Uemura, the first person to complete a solo dog-sled run to the North Pole, and Yuichiro Miura, the oldest man to scale Mt. Everest.

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The Prospex U.S. Special Editions, which go on sale this month, combine the indestructibility of previous Prospex watches with a design inspired by the awe and majesty of glacial ice and its ever-changing colors as the sea and skies shift around it.

Three patterned dials come in gray (SPB175), green (SPB177) and light blue (SPB179), each tone inspired by the colors cast from natural light reflecting off the ice.

All other design and architectural decisions are driven by the tool watches’ utility.

The polished and brushed stainless steel case and unidirectional elapsed timing bezel are made for strength and legibility.

It is waterproof to 200 meters, in part because of its screw in crown at 4 o’clock, and is resistant to scratches thanks to its sapphire crystal glass.

Inside, Seiko has installed the automatic caliber 6R35 with a power reserve of approximately 70 hours.

It is on sale now at Seiko Luxe retailers for $900.

For a limited time, it comes with a special edition presentation box with a Prospex flashlight as a gift.

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