Seiko Diver's Watch 200m Recreation 1970's model SBDX031
           Seiko Diver’s Watch Recreation

Since Seiko launched Japan’s first diver’s watch in 1965, the brand has been continually innovating. Over the years, Seiko has been the watch brand of choice for divers and adventurers around the world. Now with over 50 years’ experience behind then, the time is right to re-create a milestone watch from their back catalogue. The Seiko Prospex 1970 Diver is a re-creation of the diver’s watch first launched in 1970. Created as a Limited Edition of 2,500 pieces, the watch shares many of the design features of the original.

Why was the 1970 Diver chosen for a re-make?

The 1970 Diver Watch gained popularity because of it’s unique design. The crown, which for safety reasons was moved to the 4 o’clock position, was protected by the case. The shape of the case was extended so that it surrounded the crown. What was intended as a practical consideration became a memorable design feature.

What was so special about the 1970 Diver?

Seiko original Diver's Watch 200m 1970's model
       Seiko original 1970’s Diver’s watch

Apart from it’s unique design, the 1970 Diver was supremely functional. Water resistant to 150 metres, it was exceptionally strong. With a case made from stainless steel, it had a dual curved hardlex crystal and a PVC strap. The watch was famously worn by the Japanese adventurer Naomi Uemura on his solo dog-sled run from Greenland to Alaska. A journey of 12,000 km, it took him eighteen months.

How has the Seiko Prospex 1970 Diver been upgraded from the original?

Although aesthetically the re-created Seiko Prospex 1970 Diver is faithful to the original design, the main difference is the movement. The original had a 6105B calibre movement whereas the re-creation has an 8L35 calibre. Created by Seiko especially for use in diver’s watches, it has a 50 hour power reserve. Another main difference is the size of the case. Now with a 45mm diameter, the watch is larger to suit modern tastes. Both watches are in stainless steel but the re-creation has a super-hard coating.  Additionally, the level of water resistance has increased from 150m to 200m. A further upgrade is evident in the crystal. Now with a dual-curved sapphire crystal, an anti-reflective coating increases the legibility of the dial. Finally the upper surface of the bezel rim is Zaratsu polished to a perfect mirror finish.

How to own the Seiko Prospex 1970 Diver Limited Edition?

The Seiko Prospex 1970 Diver Limited Edition is available to buy while stocks last. Click here for further details and your chance to own this unique diver’s watch.