For 2021, Seiko has introduced two new Alpinist references. There also appear to be additional variations planned as well, which have not yet been confirmed.
Similar to the references launched in 2020, and based on the initial launch models from 2019, these two new versions come in the same stainless steel case that measures 39.5 mm x 13.2 mm (with a lug-to-lug of 46.4 mm and an interlug width of 20 mm).
The design is based on the Seiko 1959 Sports Watch Reinterpretation that debuted in 2019 and features the signature internal rotating compass bezel, controlled by the dedicated crown located on the caseband at 4 o’clock.
A vintage look is retained despite a modern case, dial, and automatic caliber 6R35 movement with a 70-hour power reserve. The new variations Ref. SPB210 and SPB209, feature gilt markers, hour hands, and printed font. The former has a gold-plated steel case with a green gradient dial and the latter has a brown gradient dial and a standard steel finish.
The Seiko Alpinist has dual locking crowns, a screwed exhibition caseback, a sapphire crystal on the dial side, automatic winding capability, a magnified date window, a tri-fold push button release clasp, and a water-resistance rating good for 200 meters.
The green dial and gold case comes with a brown two-stitch leather strap for $775 and the brown dial with a steel case comes with a black two-stitch leather strap for $725.