The history of Seiko began in 1881 when Kintaro Hattori opened a shop in Ginza to repair and sell timepieces. In 1913, his company produced Japan’s first wristwatch, and many innovations that have advanced the art of watchmaking followed, including the first quartz wristwatch in 1969 and the groundbreaking technology that is Spring Drive in 1999.
In 2023, Seiko will celebrate the 110th anniversary of its first wristwatch with the release of a series of commemorative timepieces including a new Prospex diver’s watch which, like all the timepieces in the series, draws its inspiration from Seiko’s rich technological and design heritage.
Seiko Prospex challenges every limit, with a collection of timepieces for sports lovers and adventure seekers whether in the water, in the sky or on land. Since launching Japan’s first diver’s watch in 1965, Seiko’s innovative technology has changed global standards. Seiko is constantly striving to bring ever greater reliability and safety to both professional and recreational divers.
The new creation’s intricately textured dial captures the power of the polar glaciers that shape the landscapes and seascapes of the Arctic and Antarctic, where Seiko’s reputation for reliable and durable watches was forged in the 1960s and ‘70s when adventurers and researchers wore them on expeditions to the North and South Poles.
The watch’s case is based on the Seiko 6105-8000 diver’s watch from 1968, whose characteristically curved silhouette and crown positioned at the four o’clock position inspired the designs of many iconic diver’s watches that followed.
The watch joins the Save the Ocean series, which expresses the Seiko Prospex mission to preserve the world’s oceans for future generations. Seiko Prospex delivers financial and other support to chosen marine charities. To learn more about the various ocean-focused projects supported by Seiko Prospex, click here.
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Seiko Prospex 110th Anniversary Save the Ocean LE: Product Details
• automatic caliber 6R35 with manual winding capacity
• 24 jewels
• 70 hour power reserve (approximate)
• date function
• stop second hand
• unidirectional rotating bezel
• curved sapphire crystal
• Lumibrite on hands and hour markers
• stainless steel case and caseback (super hard coating)
• stainless steel five-link bracelet
• additional polyester strap included
• water resistant to 200 metres
• diameter: 41.0 mm height: 12.3 mm