In 1964, Seiko announced itself on the world stage of sports timing technology with a whole new generation of timepieces. From pioneering the world’s first titanium diver’s watch to the wide arrow-shaped hands for extra legibility, we have long taken Seiko Prospex Divers watches and the emotional security and robustness of Seiko dive watch two-piece case construction for granted. They have been unapologetic about their raison d’etre as tool watches and for 2018 Seiko Prospex Black Series Limited Edition Divers signal the Japanese manufacture’s intent to have their dive instruments evolve into fashionable daily beaters.
The trio of new Seiko Prospex Black Series Divers watches are a limited edition series with all the hallmarks of stylishly chic aesthetics which watch modders like Bamford and forward thinking Swiss watchmakers like Tudor and Audemars Piguet have long discovered to be market winners – the allure of the all black diving watch. Featuring black-on-black aesthetics with cream, almost vintage looking Superluminova and an eye-catching orange accent minute hand, the new Seiko Prospex Black Series Divers Limited Editions is sure to sell out by mid 2018.
As the name Prospex implies, it has a professional specification, with 200m water resistance, but it also has a design flair that makes it unique, as is clear from the window in the side of the outer case through which you can see the inner case. But, the new 2018 Seiko Prospex Black series is a limited run (and scarily, without an announced quantity), which means you should probably try to get one when they launch in stores by March.
Prospex Black Series Diver Automatic “Turtle” ref. SRPC49 is available in 45mm with the same specs as other Seiko series production Turtles, namely 200m water resistance and an automatic 4R36 calibre with 41 hours power reserve and 60 gauss magnetic resistance
Prospex Solar Chronograph Black Series Diver ref. SSC673 is is 43.5mm with 200m water resistance. In terms of functionality, it’s a 60-minute chronograph with a 24 hour indicator driven by a Seiko V175 Solar caliber with an accuracy of ±15 seconds per month and an operating time of approximately 6 months from fully charged
Prospex Black Series Solar Diver ref. SNE493 is 43.5mm with 200m water resistance. It is driven by a Solar-powered Seiko cal. V157 movement that will run 10 months fully charged
2018 Seiko Prospex Black Series Limited Edition Divers Price and Availability
- Seiko Prospex Diver Automatic Black Series “Turtle” ref. SRPC49 price €490
- Seiko Prospex Solar Chronograph Black Series Diver ref. SSC673 price €410
- Seiko Prospex Solar Black Series Diver ref. SNE493 price €380
- Remember to claim 19% VAT if you’re purchasing from outside of the EU
- Seiko Prospex Black Series Limited Edition will be available online and in-stores in March 2018