Seiko's and Japan's, first diver's watch was born in 1965. With water-resistance to 150 metres and an automatic movement, it proved its high quality and reliability when worn by members of the 8th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition in 1966. Thanks to the positive reaction of the members of the expedition on their return, Seiko's diver's watches were chosen by the same research team between the years 1966 and 1969, during which time the landmark Seiko diver's watch with 300 m water-resistance and a 10-beat automatic movement was created, in 1968.

Today, Seiko introduces into the Prospex collection a new interpretation of the 1968 diver's watch. The watch will join the Save the Ocean series in support of several different marine conservation initiatives.

Seiko's and Japan's, first diver's watch was born in 1965. With water-resistance to 150 metres and an automatic movement, it proved its high quality and reliability when worn by members of the 8th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition in 1966. Thanks to the positive reaction of the members of the expedition on their return, Seiko's diver's watches were chosen by the same research team between the years 1966 and 1969, during which time the landmark Seiko diver's watch with 300 m water-resistance and a 10-beat automatic movement was created, in 1968.

Today, Seiko introduces into the Prospex collection a new interpretation of the 1968 diver's watch. The watch will join the Save the Ocean series in support of several different marine conservation initiatives.

1968

Original model


1968 Diver's Modern Re-interpretation Save the Ocean Limited Edition

1968

Original model

1968 Diver's Modern Re-interpretation Save the Ocean Limited Edition


A 1968 Seiko classic is re-born and returns to the Antarctic. The watch will be worn by members of the 63rd Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition's mission to Antarctica.

Dial design

The patterned dial captures the feeling of the Antarctic landscape while the subtle gradation of the blue from light to dark echoes the hauntingly beautiful colours of the polar ice. The bezel's numerals and markings capture exactly the frozen scenery of blue-ice. The dial is designed with the wish that the beautiful Antarctic landscape, that is suffering from the negative impact of global warming, lasts forever.

Dial design

The patterned dial captures the feeling of the Antarctic landscape while the subtle gradation of the blue from light to dark echoes the hauntingly beautiful colours of the polar ice. The bezel's numerals and markings capture exactly the frozen scenery of blue-ice. The dial is designed with the wish that the beautiful Antarctic landscape, that is suffering from the negative impact of global warming, lasts forever.

While the design reflects its heritage, every aspect of this new creation exemplifies the high levels of diver's watch technology for which the Prospex collection is known. The case, bezel and crown are all made of Seiko's Ever-Brilliant Steel, a grade of stainless steel which is more corrosion-resistant than that which is commonly used in watches today.* To further ensure the watch's durability, the crown is not screwed directly into the case but locked into a separate component that is built into the case and so can be more easily replaced.

*This material is used extensively in the surfaces of marine structures and vessels because of its extreme corrosion resistance in sea water. It has a PREN (Pitting Resistance Equivalent Number) value 1.7 times higher than that of the grade of steel used in most high-end watches. PREN is a widely accepted standard used to measure corrosion resistance.

Case & Bezel

While the design reflects its heritage, every aspect of this new creation exemplifies the high levels of diver's watch technology for which the Prospex collection is renowned. The case, bezel and crown are all made of Seiko's Ever-Brilliant Steel, a grade of stainless steel which is more corrosion resistant than that which is commonly used in watches today.* To further ensure the watch's durability, the crown is not screwed directly into the case but locked into a separate component that is built into the case and so can be more easily replaced.

*This material is used extensively in the surfaces of marine structures and vessels because of its extreme corrosion resistance in sea water. It has a PREN (Pitting Resistance Equivalent Number) value 1.7 times higher than that of the grade of steel used in most high-end watches. PREN is a widely accepted standard used to measure corrosion resistance.

Case & Bezel

While the design reflects its heritage, every aspect of this new creation exemplifies the high levels of diver's watch technology for which the Prospex collection is renowned. The case, bezel and crown are all made of Seiko's Ever-Brilliant Steel, a grade of stainless steel which is more corrosion resistant than that which is commonly used in watches today.* To further ensure the watch's durability, the crown is not screwed directly into the case but locked into a separate component that is built into the case and so can be more easily replaced.

*This material is used extensively in the surfaces of marine structures and vessels because of its extreme corrosion resistance in sea water. It has a PREN (Pitting Resistance Equivalent Number) value 1.7 times higher than that of the grade of steel used in most high-end watches. PREN is a widely accepted standard used to measure corrosion resistance.

While the design reflects its heritage, every aspect of this new creation exemplifies the high levels of diver's watch technology for which the Prospex is known. The case, bezel and crown are all made of Seiko's Ever-Brilliant Steel, a grade of stainless steel which is more corrosion-resistant than that which is commonly used in watches today.* To further ensure the watch's durability, the crown is not screwed directly into the case but locked into a separate component that is built into the case and so can be more easily replaced.

*This material is used extensively in the surfaces of marine structures and vessels because of its extreme corrosion resistance in sea water. It has a PREN (Pitting Resistance Equivalent Number) value 1.7 times higher than that of the grade of steel used in most high-end watches. PREN is a widely accepted standard used to measure corrosion resistance.

Fabric strap

The watch is also offered with a fabric strap which incorporates a traditional braiding technique from Japan called Seichu. Of course, the Seichu strap's strength and resistance to the degradation caused by exposure to sunlight meet the most demanding standards of Seiko Prospex diver's watches.

With a black case and bracelet acting as the night sky, the purple dial with its pink hue captures the beauty of Yozakura. This subtly coloured dial becomes darker towards the six o’clock position, adding a mysterious depth and enhancing the illusion that it is a gentle spring evening in Japan.

Fabric strap

The watch is also offered with a fabric strap which incorporates a traditional braiding technique from Japan called Seichu. Of course, this Seichu strap's strength and resistance to the degradation caused by exposure to sunlight meet the most demanding standards of Seiko Prospex diver's watches.

The watch is also offered with a fabric strap which incorporates a traditional braiding technique from Japan called Seichu. Of course, the Seichu strap's strength and resistance to the degradation caused by exposure to sunlight meet the most demanding standards of Seiko Prospex diver's watches.

Case back

The words "Limited Edition" and the individual serial number are inscribed on the screw case back.

*In an actual product, the case back direction might be different from the photograph.

The words "Limited Edition" and the individual serial number are inscribed on the screw case back.

*In an actual product, the case back direction might be different from the photograph.

Movement

The watch is powered by Caliber 8L35 which was developed especially for diver's watches and is hand-assembled by the craftsmen and at the Shizukuishi Watch Studio in northern Japan. The movement's rigidity and accuracy ensure the highest possible levels of performance in the most demanding environments, both on land and under water.

Movement

The watch is powered by Caliber 8L35 which was developed especially for diver's watches and is hand-assembled by the craftsmen and at the Shizukuishi Watch Studio in northern Japan. The movement's rigidity and accuracy ensure the highest possible levels of performance in the most demanding environments, both on land and under water.

Movement

The watch is powered by Caliber 8L35 which was developed especially for diver's watches and is hand-assembled by the craftsmen and at the Shizukuishi Watch Studio in northern Japan. The movement's rigidity and accuracy ensure the highest possible levels of performance in the most demanding environments, both on land and under water.

1968 Diver's Modern Re-interpretation
Save the Ocean Limited Edition

SLA055J1

SSH083J1 | ₹ 2,20,000

₹ 380,000

[ Caliber 8L35 ]

Limited edition of 1,300


Movement

The watch is powered by Caliber 8L35 which was developed especially for diver's watches and is hand-assembled by the craftsmen and at the Shizukuishi Watch Studio in northern Japan. The movement's rigidity and accuracy ensure the highest possible levels of performance in the most demanding environments, both on land and under water.

1968 Diver's Modern Re-interpretation
Save the Ocean Limited Edition

SLA055J1

SLA055J1

₹ 380,000

[ Caliber 8L35 ]

Limited edition of 1,300


1968 Diver's Modern Re-interpretation Limited Edition

A black dial version is faithful to the original in design and colour and is also introduced as a limited edition.

Fabric Strap

The case and bracelet are finished with a scratch-resistant hard coating that preserves its jet-black sheen.

This watch is also offered with a fabric strap which incorporates the traditional Seichu braiding technique. The strap's colour perfectly is in perfect harmony with the black dial and has a dignified presence on the wrist.

1968 Diver's Modern Re-interpretation
Limited Edition

SLA057J1

SSH083J1 | ₹ 2,20,000

₹ 380,000

[ Caliber 8L35 ]

Limited edition of 600


1968 Diver's Modern Re-interpretation Limited Edition

A black-dial version is faithful to the original in design and colour and is also introduced as a limited edition.

Fabric Strap

This watch is also offered with a fabric strap which incorporates the traditional Seichu braiding technique. The strap's colour perfectly is in perfect harmony with the black dial and has a dignified presence on the wrist.

This watch is also offered with a fabric strap which incorporates the traditional Seichu braiding technique. The strap's color perfectly is in perfect harmony with the black dial and has a dignified presence on the wrist.

1968 Diver's Modern Re-interpretation
Limited Edition

SLA057J1

SLA057J1

₹ 380,000

[ Caliber 8L35 ]

Limited edition of 600


Support the National Institution of Polar Research. Donation of the new watch to the 63rd Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition.

 

The Seiko Prospex Save the Ocean series is in support of several different marine conservation initiatives, one of which involves a contribution to the National Institution of Polar Research, which is based in Tokyo. As part of this program, Seiko recently donated the new watch to the 63rd Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition.

Akio Naito, President of Seiko Watch Corporation, presents the new Prospex to Takanobu Sawagaki, one of the leader of the 63rd JARE.

History

Between the years 1966 and 1969, Seiko provided various timepieces, including divers' watches, to the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition, which plays a crucial role in scientific research of polar regions in Japan. With the donation of the new watch to the 63rd Antarctic Research Expedition in 2021, a new association with the research team has been realized after almost half a century.

Upper left: A quartz clock installed on the Icebreaker "Fuji" in 1966
Upper right: A leader with members testing Seiko diver's watches in 1967
Bottom: Various timepieces were donated to the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition in 1967.

Support the National Institution of Polar Research. Donation of the new watch to the 63rd Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition.

The Seiko Prospex Save the Ocean series is in support of several different marine conservation initiatives, one of which involves a contribution to the National Institution of Polar Research, which is based in Tokyo. As part of this program, Seiko recently donated the new watch to the 63rd Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition.

Akio Naito, President of Seiko Watch Corporation, presents the new Prospex to Takanobu Sawagaki, one of the leaders of the 63rd JARE.

History

Between the years 1966 and 1969, Seiko provided various timepieces, including divers' watches, to the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition, which plays a crucial role in scientific research of polar regions in Japan. With the donation of the new watch to the 63rd Antarctic Research Expedition in 2021, a new association with the research team has been realised after almost half a century.

Upper left: A quartz clock installed on the Icebreaker "Fuji" in 1966.
Upper right: A leader with members testing Seiko diver's watches in 1967.
Bottom: Various timepieces were donated to the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition in 1967.