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Pre Baselworld 2016: Seiko X PADI Prospex Divers Watches

by Robin Lim on March 13, 2016

Since 1965, the Seiko Diver’s Watch has graced the wrist of many divers around the world. Over the years, Seiko’s reputation has soared in tandem with its various innovations. There were many firsts for Seiko when it comes to Divers’ Watch: first Titanium Diver’s Watch, first Diver’s Watch with a ceramic outer case, as well as the first Nitrox Dive Computer Watch. 

Around the same time, Professional Association of Diving Instructors (or PADI, for short) was formed. The organization currently boasts 6,300 Dive Centers and 136,000 qualified instructors. It was conceived as an organization to raise the training standards for diving, and to date they have issued over 24 million certifications and introduced a great amount people into the world of diving.

 

The new Seiko X PADI Diver's Watch.

The new Seiko X PADI Diver’s Watch.

 

With the two entities being the forerunners in the diving industry, it is not surprising that both Seiko and PADI have come forth together to collaborate. In the spirit of their partnership, as well as to support PADI’s “Project Aware”, Seiko has produced two Special Edition pieces for the Prospex collection: the Kinetic GMT’s Diver (SUN065) and Automatic Diver’s (SRPA21).

These two watches are based on the regular pieces that are currently still in production, but they contain some subtle differences to differentiate themselves from the regular production pieces. For instance, the watch dials from the two watches bears the PADI logo on it. In addition, these two watches bear the same blue and red theme that is synonymous with the organization.

 

One of the two Seiko X PADI Diver's Watch: the SUN065P1.

One of the two Seiko X PADI Diver’s Watch: the SUN065P1.

 

The SUN065 comes with a 47.5mm steel case that features a two-layer construction that is similar to the model that was produced in 1975, but with a more modern interpretation. It is also fitted with the Caliber 5M85, a Kinetic movement that features a GMT function and a date indicator. For those who do not know, the Kinetic movement transforms kinetic energy into electrical energy to power the timepiece.

 

The Seiko SPRA21K1, based on the "Turtle" Diver.

The Seiko SPRA21K1, based on the “Turtle” Diver.

 

As for the SRPA21, or more commonly known as the “Turtle Reissue”, it is fitted with the automatic Caliber 4R36 that boasts a power reserve of around 41 hours. Again, this watch features a 45mm stainless steel case that is inspired by the original “Turtle” Diver’s Watch that were produced in the 60s to the 80s.

The SUN065 will be priced at 630 Euros, while the SRPA21 will retail at around 430 Euros.

 

Product Specifications:

Kinetic GMT Diver’s: SUN065
Caliber 5M85
Powered by the movement of human body
Power reserve: Approximately 6 months
Power reserve indication at the press of a button
GMT hand with easy hour hand adjustment function
Instant-start function
Accuracy: +/-15 seconds per month (at temperatures between 5°C and 35°C)
Specifications:
Stainless steel case
Screw case back
Screw-down crown
Water resistance: 200m
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 47.5mm,Thickness: 14.1mm
Silicone strap
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 630

Automatic Diver’s: SRPA21
Caliber 4R36
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
Power reserve: approximately 41 hours
Jewels: 24 jewels
Specifications:
Stainless steel case
Screw case back
Screw-down crown
Hardlex crystal
Diameter: 45.00mm, Thickness: 13.4mm
Water resistance: 200m
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Stainless steel bracelet with three-fold clasp with secure lock, push button release with extender
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 430 Euro

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