After our first conversation at Baselworld 2019 with Head of Seiko Germany Frank Deckert, we also seized the moment by talking about Seiko’s latest releases this year. Suffice it to say: The brand once again lives up to its reputation by offering incredible value for money.
Seiko is well experienced in the world of dive watches since 1965. Only five years later, in 1970, the Japanese brand launched a now iconic watch, which is today known to many watch and diving fans as the “Turtle”. The original Turtle model from 1970 was re-issued at this year's Baselworld and goes by the name SLA033 as part of the Prospex collection. The watch is equipped with latest Seiko technologies, such as the new 8L35 automatic caliber, which was specially designed for diving watches. In the spirit of "form follows function", every aspect of this diver's watch is subordinated to its corresponding function, making this a real high-performance dive watch.
Furthermore, with the SPB103J1, Deckert presents for the first time a watch for the German market with the affectionate nickname "Sumo”, also part of the Prospex collection. Especially the deep green dial together with the caliber 6R35 (with a 70h power reserve), and the whole package for well below 1000€, is certainly a crowd-pleaser.
Seiko Prosepex SLA033: A 1970s re-issue