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Seiko introduced the Alpinist wristwatch in 1961 with the intention of it becoming a reliable timepiece for Japanese mountain climbers and other sports enthusiasts alike. The production of this watch was vital because it was the first real attempt at making a sports watch by Seiko. Seiko Alpinist watches started being produced in 1961 and inspired by Yama-Otoko, which is Japanese for mountain men. Mountains cover much of the Japanese landscape, and the mountain men that worked or spent time in the mountains during their free time were supposedly the inspiration of this line of Seiko watches. These men required excellent gear that could handle the rugged terrain and that they could depend on for accuracy.
|Seiko Prospex Alpinist GMT White - Ltd Ed 3000pcs Ref. SBEJ017
|Original Alpinist hour markers and hands set
|Beautiful case with internal rotating bezel|
Now, the Alpinist gets a much durable domed sapphire crystal without any magnifying Cyclops. Like the SARB017, it bears a unique egg white dial with applied indexes and matchy blue hands. The beautiful dial is one of the most striking features of this watch, which has an easily recognizable and well-defined utiltarial look gives outshine depending on the light condition — different angle different tonality. The beauty, you got to admire in person.
Since the new generation of professional tool watches in the Prospex line gets the “X” emblem on the dial side, along the new “GMT, AUTOMATIC 3DAYS ” wording to match with its new package. The Alpinist kept all the applied hour markers and handset, keeping the original look of the coveted SARB017.
The main traits of what this the “Japanese Explorer” has to be its internal rotating bezel, which doubles up as a compass for the mountain climbers which the watch was intended for and is operated by rotating the second crown at 4 o’clock.
|Seiko luminous glows brightly in the dark|
The Alpinist GMT comes paired with the 20mm metal bracelet that brings some versatility to the sports model. The bracelet gives a complete tool watch look and feel for its wearer, and is secured with a deployment clasp.
Summing things up, the 3000 limited all-new Seiko Alpinist GMT is a first for Seiko but its spirit came a long way since 1961, springing up from the ever modest beginning as an entry-level sporty explorer watch to become a concurring horological marvel in continuation with the livery today. It’s not difficult to know where Seiko took the inspiration from, mountaineering of Japan, in line with the Alpinist concept with the much-needed upgrades that all of us in agreement terms of its value proposition.