Best Classic Design Dive Watches: Seiko Prospex
Best Classic Design Dive Watches: Seiko Prospex
Prospex is one of Japanese watchmaker Seiko’s flagship lines. This excellent collection focuses on diving clocks, sports chronographs, and tool watches for outdoor activities. To categorize the many types of models in this sports-watch collection, the legendary brand has formed five key divisions — Sea, Land, Speedtimer, LX Line, and Street Series.
Seiko Prospex Sea
The Seiko Prospex series dates back to 1965, when the company released its first diver’s watch. During the eighth Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition, this 150-meter water-resistant watch demonstrated its underwater capabilities. Since then, the company has produced a wide range of diver’s wristwatches, from scuba-diving versions to extreme specimens used by professional divers.
In addition, the company has introduced several significant advancements in the field of submersible watches. It was the first brand to create a titanium professional diving watch. The original dial design for best legibility in all conditions, L-shaped gasket for better water resistance, torque control bezel, outer case protection, and the accordion polyurethane strap are among the distinctive features developed by Seiko for diving clocks.
Diver’s watches from Seiko are incredibly popular all over the world since they are both reliable and inexpensive. Many models have nicknames due to their unusual appearances. Turtle, Tuna, Monster, Shogun, Sumo, Samurai, Sea Urchin, Arnie, Bottle Cap, Starfish, and Spork are among the most noteworthy.
SEIKO Prospex Solar PADI SNE575P1
At the moment, the brand offers a variety of diver watches with automatic, kinetic, quartz, solar, or spring drive mechanisms. The collection also includes Save the Ocean, Black Series, and PADI editions, as well as Seiko’s limited series modern reinterpretations of several historic diving models.
Prospex scuba divers have a water-resistance rating of 200m, whereas Professional models have a rating of 300m. These clocks have a screwed caseback and a screwed-down crown to ensure maximum waterproofness. The dial side is protected by either Hardlex glass or sapphire crystal, depending on the version. The bezel, hands, and indexes of these timepieces include LumiBrite coating to ensure legibility even in the darkest settings. The Marinemaster Automatic Professional 1000m is the Seiko divers watch model with the highest depth rating in the current catalog.
The quartz-powered Prospex Professional 1000m has a case diameter of 49.4mm. Seiko Prospex Solar models include the 42.8mm Solar Diver 200m, the 46.9mm “Arnie” Hybrid Diver 200m, and the 44.5mm PADI solar diving chronograph 200m.
The pricing range of diving watches from Seiko Prospex Singapore is S$450 to S$5,500.
Seiko Prospex Land
SEIKO Prospex Land Tortoise SRPH17K1
Outdoor tool watches such as the Alpinist and Fieldmaster are available in the Prospex Land line. These men’s automatic Seiko timepieces are water resistant to 200 meters.
The Seiko Prospex Alpinist timepiece comes in two sizes: 38mm and 39.5mm. The Alpinist is powered by the automatic caliber 6R35 and features a trademark dial design with cathedral-style or dauphine hands for the hour and minutes and an arrow-shaped centre seconds hand.
All models in this line are made of stainless steel and include sapphire crystal with a magnifying glass over the date window. They also show the date at 3 p.m. The 39.5mm model has an internal rotating bezel that can be spun bidirectionally using the crown at 4 o’clock. The Alpinist series comes with a leather, metal, or nylon strap.
The Seiko Prospex Fieldmaster has a stainless steel 42mm casing with an external compass bezel and sapphire crystal glass. The watch has an automatic calibre 4R35 and displays the date at 4.30H. It features a screwed-down crown at 4 o’clock, inspired by the design of classic Seiko divers.
The Seiko Prospex Land series is priced between S$650 and S$1150.
Seiko Prospex Speedtimer
The current Speedtimer series was introduced in 2021 as a tribute to the Japanese watchmaking company’s illustrious heritage as a leading manufacturer of precision timing systems for sporting events. This collection of automatic and solar-powered timepieces is inspired by the designs of the brand’s renowned chronograph from 1969.
Seiko prospex speedtimer automatic versions include the SRQ35, SRQ37, SRQ39, SRQ41, and SRQ43. SSC 813, SSC 815, SSC 817, and SSC 819 are the specimens having solar movements. All models in this line are water resistant to 100 meters and have a stainless steel case, two-counter dial design, curved sapphire crystal glass, screwed case-back, and tachymeter scale on the outer dial-ring. The automated version has a 42.5mm diameter case and is equipped with the 8R46 calibre. The Speedtimer solar chronograph is still housed in a 39mm casing.
The Prospex Speedtimer series is priced between S$950 and S$4,500 in Singapore.
Seiko Prospex LX
The LX series is the pinnacle of Seiko Prospex’s wide selection. It is made up of titanium spring drive watches. SNR025 and SNR037 (GMT 200m), SNR029 and SNR031 (diver 300m), and SNR033 and SNR035 are important references (GMT 100m).
The titanium case has a 44.8mm diameter and is treated with a super-hard coating to prevent the timepiece from corrosion and scratches. These clocks have sapphire crystal glass, a screwed-down crown, and a screwed-down case-back.
The Prospex LX series watch has a unidirectional or bidirectional (24h or compass) bezel, depending on the edition. The Caliber 5R66 is used to power the GMT models. The Caliber 5R65 is housed in the diver variant. Both spring drive types include a power reserve indicator as well as a date display. The LX series models come with either a titanium bracelet or an alligator leather strap. The collection’s seiko singapore selling price range is around S$ 5,500 to S$9,000.
Seiko Prospex Street series
SEIKO Prospex Street Series SRPF83K1
The Street series consists of diving watches with a water resistance of 200 meters. These clocks are available in a variety of case sizes and are inspired by the creative designs of best-selling Seiko diving models such as Tuna and Arnie. Automatic and solar-quartz types are included in the assortment.
The stainless steel case is protected by a metal or plastic outer cover. These low-cost Prospex seiko watch models have a unidirectional rotating bezel, a screwed case-back, a screwed-down crown, and Hardlex glass. The Prospex Street is likely to retail for between S$650 and S$850 in Singapore.