Dive watches are an old-school design, dating back to the Omega Marine (which was first released in 1932). This type of watch is made for deep submersion – hence, the name. The better depth rating that a dive watch has, the more water pressure it can withstand before failing. Seiko recently announced three limited edition dive watches, each of which is rated waterproof to a depth of 200 meters. This is much deeper than you would likely ever dive, so this is a perfect watch for anyone who needs to check the time underwater.
The new Prospex ‘Black Series’ Limited Edition dive watches from Seiko are a set of modern updates of a classic design, with the aesthetically-appealing looks and reliable, durable construction that the Japanese watchmaker is known for. Read on to learn more about each of these new Seiko offerings.
Prospex Diver Automatic “Turtle”
For those of you who like the original “Turtle” design by Seiko, this is probably going to be your top choice. The watch has a large 45mm case, with the aforementioned 600ft+ water resistance depth rating. The watch is black, with silver numbers and tan hour markers. It has Lumibrite-coated hands to ensure easy viewing even in deep sea situations. This watch also includes a date indicator in the three o’clock position – including the name of the day and 24-hour count. The movement in this watch is the same as in the original “Turtle” – that is, a 4R36 movement with a 41-hour power reserve. The case is well constructed, and has a hard coating that ensures the watch could withstand a lot of damage. This part of the trio is definitely built for adventurers, and can be treated somewhat roughly without failing.
Prospex Solar Chrono Diver
This watch has a similar color scheme to the previous one, with a black dial, silver numbers, and tan hour markers. However, it has a few significant differences. First off, this watch is solar-powered (negating the need to wind it up or replace batteries). Another difference is that the watch takes up less space on one’s wrist. It only measures at about 43.5mm – smaller than the “Turtle”, but still on the large side for a watch. Of course, that only promotes easy readability. Such a feature is incredibly important in many situations.
The watch has a 60-second dial at the 9 o’clock position, a 60-minute dial at the 6 o’clock position, and a 24-hour dial at the 3 o’clock position. It works off of a V175 movement, and has a 6-month power reserve. This watch is also rated to extreme depths, leaving it very unlikely to fail in normal situations. It is a good choice for someone who may forget to wind their watch due to the solar-powered nature of this timepiece.
Prospex Solar Diver
This is the simplest new watch from Seiko, but it still has a classic design and good aesthetic appeal. Like the Solar Chrono Diver, this watch works off of solar power with a large reserve capacity at full charge. It has a similar color scheme to the other two in the series as well. This watch takes up about the same amount of wrist space as its Chrono cousin, but has a simpler movement (the V157) and a slightly different dial design. The Prospex Solar Diver only includes a 24-hour register in the 3 o’clock position. However, this leads to a less-busy dial that could facilitate easy readability.
This watch, which boasts an incredible 10 months of power at full charge, is fully depth-rated and ready for adventure. The durable and classic design will ensure that you will get an accurate reading every time you look at the watch.
Each of these watches from Seiko will come with a black rubber strap, and each is limited to an unknown number of devices produced. The Prospex Solar, Solar Chrono, and Diver Automatic will come in at about $460, $495, and $590 respectively (prices converted from Euros). Out of the choices, the most popular sale will probably be the Diver Automatic due to the popularity of the “Turtle” design. However, the Solar Chrono is a pretty neat timepiece that could allow you to get a precise time without much effort. And don’t discount the normal Solar – it is an uncluttered design that could be perfect for the right customer, and has a respectably-low price!
Whichever watch you may choose, any timepiece from Seiko is bound to be reliable and durable. The new Prospex ‘Black Series’ Limited Edition dive watches are a great update of an old design.