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  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
  • Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049
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The birth of the first Seiko diver’s watch (unofficially) had begun in 1959 with their 21 jewel, manual winding, Seiko Cronos Sea Horse, that was equipped with a screw down case back, good to a 50m depth. Moving on to the 1960s, Seiko released the 6217 diver (known as 62MAS) as their official automatic dive watch, that was further reissued in 2017 as the SLA017 Limited Edition.

A little more on it's history, Seiko continued their development for a more robust diver’s watch, and in 1968 they announced the highly regarded ref. 6159-7001. This watch was a significant upgrade; with a massive mono block case that gives it a 300m water resistant, and also a Hi-beat Seiko caliber that allows it to be the first in the market back then. This is the exact same watch that the new black dial and bezel the new MM300 Black is based on.
 

Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” - Ltd Ed 1300pcs Ref. SBDX049 / SLA055

The Seiko Marine Master Pro. Diver Ref. SLA021 / SBDX023 is the successor of the highly acclaimed MM300 SBDX017 which was discontinued last year but not without some much needed upgrades to keep it current. And today, Seiko incorporates a more casual version that punches above the SBDC12X “Baby MM200” series, while avoiding being too serious all at the same time. The brand further injects the “Save The Ocean” elements into this high-end dive watch that will support marine conservation initiatives.

Seiko’s “Save The Ocean'' initiation set a stage for a family of timepieces incorporating beautiful ocean-inspired design motifs with capable ISO-certified diving prowess. Having a core emphasis on protecting the ocean, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each watch from this collection goes to The Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Centre (FCOLC), a non-profit organisation committed to marine research projects and preserving our planet’s precious waters. Joining the collection, Seiko dropped their latest “Save The Ocean” special edition that showcases premium materials and an alluring design portraying elements of the ocean. 

 

Zaratsu finishing on monoblock case

Overall, the new Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” Limited Edition  Ref. SBDX049 / SLA055 gets a much wearable case as compared the previous massive mono block case, thanks to the modern three-piece case construction. It now measures at 42.6mm, lug to lug of 49mm with a height of 13mm - syncing a well-balance wearing experience on the wrist. Like all the other higher tier “SLA” divers, it retains the familiar refined angular lugs that is polished and satin brushed throughout.

The whole case is all made of Seiko’s Ever-Brilliant Steel, a new grade of steel that is more corrosion resistant than those commonly used in watches today The finishing is done using Seiko's traditional Zaratsu polishing method that is seen mainly on the Grand Seiko line, which creates a distortion-free mirror finish. The 200m water resistant case is guaranteed by its screw-down case-back and crown.
 

Undecorated Grand Seiko movement, 8L35

The SBDX049 features a high grade Seiko 26-jewel automatic, caliber 8L35, which is an undecorated and unadjusted version of the Grand Seiko movement, caliber 9S55. The 8L35 beats at 28,800 bph and has handwinding and hacking features. The movement has a 50 hours of power reserve with an expected accuracy tolerance of -10/+15 seconds per day.

The color theme of the new “Save The Ocean” SBDX049 is two-tone. The whole dial is covered in oceanic blue with icy texture, only to be contrasted with a bezel  in a deep black color tone. Unlike the predecessors, the unidirectional bezel is made up of zirconia ceramic insert for the first time. Even better, the 12 o’clock triangleis filled with Seiko’s proprietary Lumibrite luminescence that glows green. The bezel is raised with a new coin-edge profile for easy operation.
 

Ceramic bezel and sapphire crystal upgrades

Although the Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” Limited Edition  Ref. SBDX049 / SLA055 is another “modern reissue”, it  has kept the original aesthetic of its dial, markers and handset found on the 6159. Paying close attention, we can see the SBDX049 has multi-facets and finishings found on both the hour and minute hand.

Another new upgrade to the diver is the use of a dual-curved sapphire crystal with AR coating. This is probably the most requested feature since the SBDX001 and finally answered by Seiko. It not only gives the watch the much needed scratch resistance but also improved clarity as compared to the hardlex used in the older models.
 

Seiko's LumiBrite Luminous

The Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” Limited Edition  Ref. SBDX049 / SLA055 comes delivered with two straps. First is a rubber strap in black with a sporty texture that pays homage to the 1968 classic, yet now is made of silicone for greater reliablity and comfort. The second strap is a blue fabric strap that incorporates a traditional braiding technique from Japan called Seichu. 

Limited to 1300 pieces, the Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “Save the Ocean” Limited Edition  Ref. SBDX049 / SLA055 will certainly be one of Seiko's most iconic model following the success of the SBDX001 and SBDX017, that has the finishing and movement of the Grand Seiko inside out. It is destined to be a collector's item like its predecessors. Furthermore, the SBDCX049 is ultra sexy as it stays faithful to Seiko’s first Hi-beat dive watch in terms of design and know-how, with an alluding color theme that is still based on the Japanese watchmaker partnership with Save The Ocean. Seiko nailed this right out of the ball park, a true collector’s dive watch with a strong pedigree in its heritage and overall built.

Specifications

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Maker
Seiko Japan
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Movement
Caliber 8L35. Seiko 26-Jewel Automatic.
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Accuracy range
+15/-10 sec per day
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Dial
Blue
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Luminous
Lumibrite
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Calender
4 O'clock
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Case
Stainless steel
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Crown type
Screwdown
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Lug width
20mm
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Crystal material
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
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Strap
Silicon strap.
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Water resistance
200m
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Dimensions
42.6mm in diameter, 49.3mm lug to lug, 13.1mm thick