It was in 1959 that Seiko’s first Alpinist watch was introduced to meet the needs of mountain climbers and recreational field sports enthusiasts. From the start, it was well received and, over the ensuing decades, its reputation spread far beyond the Japanese market for which it was first intended. Remarkably, it was the first Seiko watch ever produced with sports in mind and it blazed a trail that led to the development of many landmark timepieces and timing devices for sports, from stopwatches to diver’s watches, in the decades that followed. While its core character has remained unchanged, its design has evolved over time. Today, the first Alpinist watch from 1959 is re-born in a re-creation that has the high functionality that characterizes the Prospex collection, whose very existence owes so much to the first 1959 Alpinist.
These are inspired by the original watch’s distinctive design but are modern in their execution and, of course, up to date in technology, form and function. Lumibrite is applied to all three hands and the indexes that rest on silver bases to create a multi-dimensional effect.
The cases are polished to creating a modern look, especially when combined with the gently rounded contour of the dial and case. The glass is a curved sapphire crystal that is resistant to scratches and the watches are all water resistant to 20 bar.
From the first diver’s watch released in 1965, Seiko has been exceeding expectations for divers with its innovative technology. A timepiece that guides you through the challenges in the deep blue.
Here is an interesting history of the Alpinist written by The Spring Bar
• automatic caliber 6R35 with manual winding capacity
• 24 jewels
• 70 hour power reserve (approximate)
• date function
• stop second hand
• stainless steel case
• screw case back
• screw-down crown
• see-through case back
• curved sapphire crystal
• charcoal dial with LumiBrite on cathedral hands
• stainless steel bracelet
• water resistant to 200 metres
• diameter: 38 mm height: 12.9 mm