Seiko has announced another affordable re-interpretation of the Ref. 6105 diver’s watch.
A more literal recreation of the “Captain Willard” diver’s watch debuted in 2019 and cost close to four thousand dollars (Ref. SLA033). Then earlier this year, two less literal and much more affordable versions with green or black dials and color-matched bezel inserts were introduced (Ref. SPB151 and SPB153).
Now a limited edition, with a blue dial and bezel insert has been announced by Seiko, referred to as a 1970 Diver’s Watch Reinterpretation Limited Edition (Ref. SPB183).
Like the two references mentioned earlier, the SPB183 comes in a stainless steel case measuring 42.7 mm x 13.15 mm. Fitted with a steel bracelet and with a 47.6 mm lug-to-lug length, it’s the same as the prior two models from earlier this year. The steel case and bracelet feature a super-hard coating to resist scratches and gouging.
Seiko’s upgraded 3Hz automatic caliber 6R35 with 24 jewels and 70-hours of power reserve, manual winding, and stop-seconds drive the hours, minutes, seconds, and date.
A thick sapphire crystal protrudes above the plane of the rotating dive bezel. A solid caseback, screw-down crown with built-in crown guards, and multiple gaskets protect the watch from water down to a rated 200 meters. This is watch adheres to the ISO6425 standards and can be used for scuba diving. (Ref. SPB183)
Available beginning November 2020 in a limited edition of 5,500. Retail is $1,400.
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