Hands-On – Seiko Prospex Diver SLA017 – Recreation of the 1965 Seiko 62Mas ref. 6217

that is it; the big name of display – or at least the watch that received maximum comments and that reached the 1st region in our “maximum read articles of Baselworld 2017“. And believe us, surpassing Rolex in numbers in the course of the Basel Watch fair is properly incredible… All of that, simply to tell you how expected this watch turned into and the way well acquired it has been. Its name: the Seiko Prospex Diver SLA017. Its characteristic: being a devoted activity of the 1965 Seiko 62Mas ref. 6217, meaning the first expert dive watch of the japanese manufacture. Its fulfillment: already being a collector. evaluate of an upcoming achievement story.

Our first introducing article become entitled “The Eagerly Awaited Seiko 62Mas Reedition SLA017“. And if so, eagerly awaited became a sarcasm. Seiko’s collectors were waiting for years to look the comeback of a legend, the 62Mas, the watch that commenced all of it, an eye fixed this is so crucial for the emblem that it still affects most in their dive watches – and additionally the enterprise, in a positive way (suppose ISO norms…) accordingly, whilst Seiko introduced in the course of Baselworld the activity of the 62Mas, the gathering network at once reacted: “devoted”, “high-quality”, “greatly reissued” however also… uncommon! sure, there gained’t be enough for each collectors. however let’s first have a look at the ancestor.

The undertaking of Seiko’s First Dive Watch, the 1965 ref. 6217 a.ok.a 62Mas

Seiko entered the race for dive watches a lot after the Swiss did. for instance, Blancpain added the Fifty Fathoms in 1953, speedy observed with the aid of Rolex and the Submariner (in 1953 too), each taken into consideration as the first cause-built dive watches (with screw-in crown and rotating elapsed-time bezel), Tudor got here with their Submariner in 1954 and Omega got here with the Seamaster three hundred in 1957. Seiko waited until 1965 to come with their personal imaginative and prescient of a dive watch, however this lengthy wait ended up inside the creation of one of the most iconic watches of the brand. This 62Mas is the mother of all upcoming aquatic watches of the logo (fonts, dial shade, bezel fashion, case fashion…) and even today, Seiko’s professional dive watches – dubbed Prospex – are greatly inspired by way of the ref. 6217. but not in a antique manner.

the japanese might have been slower than the Swiss to come back on the market, Seiko’s reputation in terms of dive watches is unquestionable. The emblem blessings from an remarkable aura and admire among collectors first, however mainly amongst professional divers, who realize approximately the performance and reliability of those watches. And this popularity is no twist of fate of destiny. it is the result of over 50 years of innovation, based at the 62Mas, a duration for the duration of which Seiko validated its superiority, being liable for creating many of the capabilities which are now extensively accepted as the industry norms. certainly, The ISO 6425 standards have been partly based totally on components of Seiko’s diver’s watches. Seiko inventions just like the accordion-fashion strap, using titanium as a case material and the greater huge arms have helped to outline the world’s expectancies of what a diver’s watch should be.

The Seiko 6217-8000/1, nicknamed the “62Mas”, had robust arguments: an automatic movement (calibre 6217A), a 150m water resistance, a huge (at that point) 37mm case with a mono-bloc shape (alternatively massive integrated lugs, which assure the solidity of the case) for maximum safety and a darkish grey dial with large indexes and arms, of route all luminous. The bezel become already presenting a wonderfully readable 60-minute insert, with all the required markings, but changed into still bi-directional. And nowadays, this icon is lower back, in a very devoted reedition, the Seiko Prospex Diver SLA017.

The Seiko Prospex Diver SLA017

essentially, what we’ve got right here is an exceedingly trustworthy recreation (and Seiko does mention this and not a reedition, and while really look at these two watches, the old one and the brand new one, you recognize why undertaking…). the entirety has been recreated in the same manner: identical case form, identical bezel, same bezel insert, with the equal scale, the equal font and the same dots, the same dial, with same indexes, arms, inscriptions, the equal date window, the same (form of) caseback. Even the strap, with diamond sample has been recreated. before everything sight, it’s like having a new antique stock model of the 62Mas (if you have one, send me an email, please…). Is that every one? properly, now not actually, as the brand new Seiko SLA017 does a few concessions to modernity although.

the primary aspect to notice is the resemblance of the case between the Seiko Prospex Diver SLA017 and the 62Mas. They proportion the exact same form, with a mono-bloc layout, that means incorporated and instead bulky lugs, sharp angles all round, a quite unadorned, utilitarian layout (don’t look for polished angles or clean elements right here, this watch is meant to be difficult and is cause-built). The oversized and fluted crown of the 62Mas is again (and actually quite outstanding), so are the holes within the lugs to fast change the strap. In phrases of execution of the surfaces, the SLA017 sticks to the circular brushing on the pinnacle of the case, again harking back to the 62Mas. So what have been up to date? essentially, as regularly in such recreations: the watch is now larger. From a 37mm diameter on the original, the case of the SLA017 has grown to 39.9mm – that’s admittedly quite reasonable, particularly in comparison to the same old 44mm / 46mm cases of Seiko’s dive watches. The watch is now water immune to 200m in place of 150m at the 62Mas.

The equal faithfulness can be observed inside the bezel. The insert stays equal to the unique 62Mas, with a 60-minute scale and graduations for (almost) each minute. even supposing instead unpractical, Seiko chose to preserve the dots absent across the numerals, meaning that some mins are not marked. A luminous dot is placed at 12. another concession to modernity: the bezel is now unidirectional, a mandatory feature of modern dive watches (for security motives, if you accidentally flip the bezel, the closing time on the size can simplest be shorter). Even the notched profile of the bezel is close to what may be discovered inside the 62Mas. every other concession to modernity is the apparition of a sapphire crystal, changing the vintage Plexiglas (however nevertheless the sapphire has a particularly domed profile).

As for the dial, the partition is similar to the rest, with this Seiko Prospex Diver SLA017: trustworthy. we find again the equal polished and raised square indexes, with huge dimensions and lots of luminous paint for night time readability. The date window at three is equally rotated with a sophisticated ring. The dial itself suggests the standard dark gray coloration of Seiko dive watches, with a solar-ray brushing. The dial’s inscriptions evolve barely as compared to the 62Mas, with a printed logo in place of an implemented one. but, overall, the dial stays near the 62Mas (even though we will note that the minute markers at the moment are longer). The hand-set is also trustworthy to the unique.

at the wrist, the Seiko Prospex Diver SLA017 is extraordinarily quality, with an affordable size and that device style that made the vintage edition so appropriate and green. It has a few clear vintage flair however feels contemporary in phrases of wearability, presence and specifically great of production. It feels strong and flawlessly adjusted – possibly a notch above the MM300 for instance. the entirety is company and precisely adjusted. The silicon strap is supple and comfy, even as its look befits the style of the watch. A chrome steel bracelet is likewise blanketed inside the field.

The Seiko Prospex Diver SLA017 is ready with a excessive-cease Seiko movement, calibre 8L35, which changed into particularly designed for dive watches and is made by using Seiko’s skilled craftsmen and ladies inside the Shizuku-ishi Watch Studio in Morioka within the north of Japan – we’re not talking approximately an access-degree motion here, by no means. This movement is based totally at the architecture of the Grand Seiko 9S55, is completed in a completely satisfactory manner, boasts 50h of energy reserve, beats faster than wellknown Seiko actions (28,800 vibrations in keeping with hour vs 21,600vph in most entry-stage Seiko divers) and is hand-assembled and hand-adjusted (rated to -10/+15 sec/day).

Now comes the terrible information. This Seiko Prospex Diver SLA017 is restrained to handiest 2,000 portions (which might already be bought out or extremely difficult to discover) and it is not an access-level watch, like the Turtle or the Samurai can be. it’ll require EUR 3,800. Don’t get us incorrect, this price is justified (no matter some feedback) by means of:

  • The exclusivity of the piece (2,000 pieces handiest) so no economies of scale feasible due to large production numbers
  • The movement inner – the calibre 8L35 is a notable motion
  • the general satisfactory of the watch – that may without difficulty compete with some of the principal Swiss manufacturers and their EUR five,000 watches
  • The presence of a metal bracelet and a silicon strap within the field

overall, Seiko has created an exceedingly ideal watch with this Prospex Diver SLA017, as being first a rather qualitative provide (if there has been any doubts to have approximately Seiko) and specially a amazing-trustworthy reedition, with simplest few concessions to modernity. As said, an already collectible watch, even though it’ll be best to be had from July 2017. extra details on Seiko’s legitimate website – www.seikowatches.com.

specs of the Seiko Prospex Diver SLA017

  • Case: 39.9mm diameter x 14.1mm thickness – stainless-steel with round brushing – unidirectional diving bezel – domed sapphire crystal at the dial side, steel lower back – 200m water resistance
  • movement: calibre 8L35, in-residence – adjusted to -10/+15 sec/day – computerized with crucial rotor – 4Hz frequency – 50h energy reserve – hours, minutes, seconds, date
  • Strap: black silicon strap AND metal bracelet with folding clasp
  • Reference: SLA017
  • Availability: 2,000 portions – in shops in July 2017
  • charge: EUR three,800