First Seiko Diver Prospex SLA017 ‘Re-Creation’ & SPB051/53 ‘Re-Interpretation’ Watches Hands-On

First Seiko Diver Prospex SLA017 ‘Re-Creation’ & SPB051/53 ‘Re-Interpretation’ Watches Hands-On

First Seiko Diver Prospex SLA017 'Re-Creation' & SPB051/53 'Re-Interpretation' Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Seiko dipped into their rich heritage this year with a collection inspired by their very first diver’s watch from 1965, the 6217, often called the 62MAS. The new collection consists of three watches, a "re-creation" of their first diver and two modern reinterpretations. First is the limited edition that is a re-release of the brand's first diver, the Seiko Prospex Diver SLA017. Next are two models that are said to be the modern reinterpretation of the 1965 model, the black-dialed Seiko Prospex Diver SPB051 and blue-dialed Seiko Prospex Diver SPB053. As Grand Seiko also just re-released their first watch plus a redone modern version, I'm sure dive watch enthusiasts out there are glad that Seiko went the same route with their divers.

First Seiko Diver Prospex SLA017 'Re-Creation' & SPB051/53 'Re-Interpretation' Watches Hands-On Hands-On
All images by Ariel Adams & James Stacey

Starting with the higher-end “re-creation” model, the Seiko Prospex Diver SLA017 is Seiko’s near exact replication of their first ever diver’s watch all the way down to the stylized dolphin on the case back. This watch is virtually the same size as its predecessor at a very reasonable 39.9mm in width. The new version benefits from a “super-hard” coating on its stainless steel case, a box-shaped anti-reflective sapphire crystal, 200m of water resistance (up from the 6217’s 150m), and 4,800 A/m of magnetic resistance.

First Seiko Diver Prospex SLA017 'Re-Creation' & SPB051/53 'Re-Interpretation' Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The Seiko Prospex Diver SLA017 will also feature the 8L35 movement, a less highly-finished version of a Grand Seiko caliber. The 8L35 is a 26 jewel, 28,800bph, self-winding mechanism with approximately 50 hours of power reserve. This movement was specifically designed for diver’s watches and is produced alongside Grand Seiko movements in Seiko’s Shizuku-ishi Watch Studio in Morioka in northern Japan. The Seiko Prospex Diver SLA017 will come on a stainless steel bracelet with an included vintage inspired silicone strap.

First Seiko Diver Prospex SLA017 'Re-Creation' & SPB051/53 'Re-Interpretation' Watches Hands-On Hands-On

In terms of execution, Seiko clearly knows what they are doing and what will make modern watch buyers salivate. That being said, this recreation will cost $3,400 which puts it at a price point that is beyond most anything Seiko buyers are used to seeing and falls in line more with Grand Seiko prices. Then again, at the time of this writing I can't find any original Seiko 6217 watches for sale online and the fact that there are only 2,000 being made (in addition to the higher quality than the standard Seiko watch, it's really more like a GS) I don't doubt these will be hard to come by.

First Seiko Diver Prospex SLA017 'Re-Creation' & SPB051/53 'Re-Interpretation' Watches Hands-On Hands-On

First Seiko Diver Prospex SLA017 'Re-Creation' & SPB051/53 'Re-Interpretation' Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Seiko’s “re-interpretations” of their 62MAS from 1965 are the more modernized and accessibly priced Seiko Prospex Diver SPB051 and the Seiko Prospex Diver SPB053. These are also totally new watches and will feature a “super hard” coated stainless steel case in a contemporary 42.6mm width with a domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The Seiko Prospex Diver SPB051 and SPB053 have the modern Prospex “X” on the dial at six o’clock and a handset which mimics other current Seiko Prospex divers. The new watches will run on Seiko’s highly capable 6R15, a 23-jewel, self-winding, 21,600bph, 50 hour power reserve movement. The Seiko Prospex Diver SPB051 will come on a solid stainless steel bracelet with a diver's extension and the Seiko Prospex Diver SPB053 will come on an accordion style silicone strap.

First Seiko Diver Prospex SLA017 'Re-Creation' & SPB051/53 'Re-Interpretation' Watches Hands-On Hands-On

First Seiko Diver Prospex SLA017 'Re-Creation' & SPB051/53 'Re-Interpretation' Watches Hands-On Hands-On

First Seiko Diver Prospex SLA017 'Re-Creation' & SPB051/53 'Re-Interpretation' Watches Hands-On Hands-On

As Seiko "explores its history and looks to the future," as they say, the interesting approach of a vintage re-release alongside a "modern interpretation" is a really clever way of showcasing the Seiko history and harnessing their already strong momentum with fans. This trio of Seiko Prospex Divers demonstrates Seiko’s heritage and modern upgrades like anti-reflective coated sapphire crystals (at times rare on Seiko divers) and new movements emphasize the modern quality they offer. There is no doubt that the Seiko Prospex Diver SLA017 and SPB051/53 will be popular, as was last year's hit Prospex SRP777 "Turtle," and we can only hope to similarly see more versions follow.

First Seiko Diver Prospex SLA017 'Re-Creation' & SPB051/53 'Re-Interpretation' Watches Hands-On Hands-On

First Seiko Diver Prospex SLA017 'Re-Creation' & SPB051/53 'Re-Interpretation' Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Side by side, these two cater to the contemporary buyer who loves a blue diver, but I'm glad to see Seiko also providing a more budget-conscious version of the limited edition SLA017 as the black dial version gets pretty close to pulling off a similar aesthetic. Of course, the newer hands, X on the dial, 12 o'clock hour marker, and some other touches (in addition to the movement and materials, obviously) are different. But at a fourth of the price, I'm sure buyers priced out of the SLA017 will be somewhat satiated.

First Seiko Diver Prospex SLA017 'Re-Creation' & SPB051/53 'Re-Interpretation' Watches Hands-On Hands-On

First Seiko Diver Prospex SLA017 'Re-Creation' & SPB051/53 'Re-Interpretation' Watches Hands-On Hands-On

First Seiko Diver Prospex SLA017 'Re-Creation' & SPB051/53 'Re-Interpretation' Watches Hands-On Hands-On

As far as a "re-creation" goes, Seiko did a fantastic job at sticking to the original 62MAS and for the Seiko collector (especially in Japan) I can't imagine not wanting to add this to the collection. For owners of an original 62MAS, this could actually be doubly true. The Seiko Prospex Diver SLA017 will be produced in a limited edition of only 2,000 pieces and will retail for $3,400 USD from July 2017. The Seiko Prospex Diver SPB051 and SPB053 will retail for $1,000 USD on the bracelet and $800 USD on the strap and will be available beginning November 2017. seikowatches.com

What do you think?
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  • Bozzor

    $3400 for a Seiko without the word “Grand” in front of it gives you pause, but really, the watch is superb and I can feel my credit card starting to freak out already!

  • Mikita

    SLA017 is simply awesome for so many reasons. Firstly, it represents the only valid way of making reissues: they upgraded all what they could without further “modernizations”. The size of the case is simply a sweet spot for a diver at 40 mm. The box-shape sapphire gives a lovely depth and vintage vibe to the dial without compromising its scratch resistance. I absolutely love that they kept the original caseback, it looks almost 1:1 with the vintage model! Hardened coating over a SS is also highly appreciated for a sport watch, no doubt. The strap is absolutely awesome – it finishes the look of the watch. And on top op that – a Grand Seiko movement inside.
    I’ve contacted the shop in Hong Kong – they have the watch at $3,000, but there is a waiting list… Anyway, I am really thinking of getting SLA017, when I’ll visit HK next time.

    • Steve Lanski

      Jump on it. I just received mine and it’s great!

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    Pure Seiko watch p*rn.

  • Ginojin

    I wish they did it in 40 mm instead of 42.6

    • The 017 is 39.9mm

      • Ginojin

        But unfortunately costs more

  • Word Merchant

    Dear Seiko, please bring back the ‘Pogue’ with exactly the original colour ways and clever day/date adjustment. But with sapphire glass this time. You are guaranteed at least one customer.

    • Mikita

      Two customers!

      • G Street

        Three at the very least!

  • A_watches

    SLA017 is very nice, but man that price is a little steep

  • Pete Pete

    the SLA017 is absoluetly fantastic. love it.
    but with the pedestrian movement and the finishing clearly below grand seiko level (just look at the close up shots of the indices), there’s no way this thing – no matter how beautiful it is – should have a grand seiko price tag on it.

    • Mikita

      But why the movement is “pedestrian”? Actually, 8L35 is very similar to the movements used in GS and very far from pedestrian calibers like 7S26, 4R36, 6R15, etc. There was a thread on WUS where some guy compared 8L35 to Rolex 3135 and it appeared that 8L35 was more accurate.

      • Pete Pete

        you’re right. it’s a good movement. but if I pay grand seiko money, I should get a “real” grand seiko movement, meaning with the same level of finishing (yes, I’m aware that you can’t see it without a display back).

  • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

    The more SEIKO does the better I like them.

    • IanE

      The more Seiko put up their prices, the less I like them!

      • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

        Well, inflation has hit the Nipponese also I guess.

    • Berndt Norten

      The more I see you.,,,

      • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

        Lol…digging deep for that one…;)

  • Marius

    Limited edition or not, I don’t quite understand what would warrant the $3,400 price tag on the Prospex SLA017.

    Granted, the watch has a decent design — you might even describe it as toolishly attractive. However, as Pete Pete argued, the dial fit & finish is nowhere near that of a Grand Seiko. Also, the 8L35 movement might be used in the Grand Seiko line, but the version in this watch is the unfinished model.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/18c9feaf02aae597261164dc6932b3d1f6d509ab38fb1a93c48c89764f1a638b.jpg
    Sure, if this timepiece cost $1,000, then I would understand. Nevertheless, at $3,400, I find the value proposition rather poor. The case finish; the movement; as well as the dial are not really at a Grand Seiko standard. What’s even more surprising is that at the Seiko boutique in Paris you can purchase a Grand Seiko SBGR053 with a highly-finished case, dial, bracelet and movement for €3,900.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d87d636f3cc7da3de03e569b642847bddc74fe275c28681ad20217304c2c5cce.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0450f4a8dd056a87b1b8c2f86621cb92f17cecc0e3c6cfb850922926b713cca5.jpg

    • TheChuphta

      Completely agree. This price is about 3x what it should be.

      I took a look at one in the NYC Seiko boutique. By all accounts a nice watch, but its indices were a bit flat and a bit peculiar in the flesh (green luminova was very very green). Mostly it suffered by its close proximity to the superb Grand Seikos that fill that shop.

    • gw01

      Though overpriced, it’s a limited edition from a company that has global sales and at least this piece has legit historic roots at some level, unlike Monta’s original $3,550 proposition (update: they fell on their rears and had to reduce prices to almost half in under a year).

    • Fan

      Don’t let the pictures online fool you. The finish is actually pretty decent. Photo credit yonsson. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eff28e41c223e95ae92309893d8ecb8e61b3cd8ae5def0e37e8461ada2ddfc5b.jpg

    • Steve Lanski

      The finish is very very nice. Just a little below Grand Seiko. Personally I think they should have finished it a bit more and charged another $500

  • Love the 017 ! It would also be a great chance for Seiko to introduce a high quality mesh bracelet (which would look killer on this watch).

    Also, I will take a good reliable movement over a pretty one, any day. So if this movement is GS-level good and reliable, I am sold.

  • WINKS

    Lume shot? Mandatory for a dive watch review.

  • Framlucasse

    I like the blue one, but why only on rubber band?

    • Chester Snapdragon McPhisticuf

      That’s just their deal. Same with SRP7xx.

  • Phil leavell

    If you put this Seiko up beside a Tudor black Bay the virtually the same cost fit and finish both watches just have the Swiss Watch snob price now now. But haven’t hit the high end luxury watch prices so there’s room for improvement I guess I’m sure it’s some point in time it will be just as overpriced as a Rolex

  • SuperStrapper

    The 017 is the nicest of the bunch, but 3400 is insane, even when the number is normalised to street costs.
    Dis I miss what the bezel inserts are on the other 2? If aluminium, meh.

    That’s right, meh. Pinnacle of eloquence. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/43b2b1d0134880b92e3e6ddf1503a93bfe26e45c0845a06904d487118acb0e49.gif

  • This is the most awkward fit of end links to a watch case — it would look more natural if I tried to fit a rolex oyster bracelet to a reverso case. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/280a0d5318b62cdf4baa8a8085410a461aa54a4cd2fa67b480c101b7e84ebaa6.jpg

  • Jeffrey Wong

    Would people feel different if it was called a Grand Seiko diver, with box that included both rubber and steel watch bands, maybe a leather NATO, spring at tool and loup, small photo book with history of Seiko divers? Maybe then for the price being asked. The links remind me of my Dad’s old Seiko…before some jerk thefted it.

    • Pete Pete

      sorry, but no matter what it’s called, no matter how many gimmicks are thrown into the box, that (super beautiful watch) is not a grand seiko. not even close. compared to gs standards the level of finishing is absolutely horrible.

      which would be no problem, if the price tag was accordingly.

  • dennis

    Both really nice divers, but i’m afraid Seiko is running away in their pricing structure.

    • Skip

      I think these are MSRP’s. My guess is that these will go for 70% of that.

      • Steve Lanski

        Not likely as most have sold out of their allocation

  • gw01

    42mm? I wonder what Seiko are thinking. The average Asian isn’t particularly tall… anything over 40mm looks like a punchbowl for the wrist on people under 6′, 200 pounds (unless worn in a cartoonish, ironic way… Hublot, Panerai, etc.)

    PS: How tall is the watch?

    • Phil leavell

      I think this watch is squarely aimed the Western Market/ European. Every watch I bought out of Japan I have to restrap. Most of the watches made for the Japanese Market I can’t wear because they’re way too small for my wrist at just over 7 inches which I find sad because they make some beautiful watches at a great price point compared to a lot of Swiss watches which I find overpriced.

      • Skip

        I have bought two Presages from Japan, and both required extra links (they did send them free though, go Seiya Japan!). I have an 8″ wrist (like 6’2″, 285 lbs). 42mm is a perfect sport watch for me, whereas 38-39 is best for dress.

        • Phil leavell

          I’ve had the same experience I just ordered a SARD011 and the strap is supposed to be seven and a half inches and they usually just fit in the last hole if it doesn’t I got a buddy with a Saddlery/ tack shop and he’ll make me a new strap

    • riposte

      42mm with 50mm lug to lug. I’m okay with SBDX012/017/001 size (44mm, 50mm lug to lug) and my wrist just 6″ with 51mm width

  • BNABOD

    plenty of folks have already received the 017 and frankly I am not impressed. it looks decent Yes, it is a nice re-issue but the end link fitting is shall I say poor the bracelet in usual Seiko fashion is not very good (yet utilitarian) and the price is nuts. Look, I like Seiko as much as the next guy and I did just plop some coins for the blue variant (available end of July) but I paid 615 bucks for it. Yes it has the 6r15 but frankly it works very well and can be very precise. Yes the 017 is limited blah blah but I had a SBGM027 which could be considered a Explorer II re-issue and I paid two years ago 3400 bucks for it and that was for a actual GS (granted not limited but still)…
    So here aside from the collector attachment I just don’t get it.

    • Chester Snapdragon McPhisticuf

      Perhaps the collector attachment is reason enough for it to exist.

      • BNABOD

        Not denying collectors just saying that to me it is way too much for what you get.

  • Yojimbo

    price has no connection with reality

    • Framlucasse

      Really, 800 to 1000$ are not connected to reality?

      • Yojimbo

        you know full well it was the limited ed I was talking about

    • Steve Lanski

      Sure it does. Seiko is way under priced compared to their Swiss counterparts

      • Yojimbo

        dude it is NOT a Grand Seiko it is a limited edition diver with little unique about it and the always ever-present prospex non-sapphire crystal, you’re deluded

        • Steve Lanski

          It has a boxed sapphire crystal and a fantastic dial, The movement has a bit better finishing than MM 300m (yes not grand seiko level). It’s a near perfect reproduction of their original and most iconic diver. A little over priced perhaps. Only 2000 people need to feel otherwise.

          • Yojimbo

            okay I missed that they were not using their stupid plastic hardlex with this, other than that, again great it’s a near perfect reproduction of a watch that is not worth that much!

  • Steven McTowelie

    Good review. Still I’m still thinking that the 300m Marinemaster would be a better upgrade for me from the blue Sumo I have now. It’s right in the middle of the pricing between the two watches mentioned here and has the same 8L35 movement of the more expensive watch.

  • Larry Holmack

    Yawn…..yet another Sub homage. Next…..

    • riposte

      Different hands, hour markers, font choices = homage? SMH

      • Larry Holmack

        That’s what a Homage is….it’s not an exact copy….but when you look at it…it looks like a Sub to the average person. I have 2 dive watches in my collection….and they barely get worn because I DO NOT like the looks of a dive watch. This one is boring as hell…..

        • riposte

          Hm… We have different understanding about homage watches. For me this watches 100% is not homage. If this watch is boring, well it matter of personal preference. BUT how could you can’t tell the difference between 62MAS reissue and Submariner while difference is very clear.

          • Larry Holmack

            Sorry…just my opinion. I know the differences between this watch and Sub…and I don’t like either one of them. But…I get your point. There are plenty of differences in the two watches…but neither one of them would ever get any time my wrist.
            Personally, I like watches that are bold and stand out in a crowd. I guess because I am a really big guy at 6’6″…and some say I have the personality to match my size.
            Oh…and yes…I have owned a Rolex Sub…and an Explorer II. It’s a long story, but I sold the Sub after several years, and the Explorer II spent more time being repaired than it ever did on my wrist. It was stolen after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 when our home was ransacked by looters. Little did they know that the movement in it was garbage and the watch did not work!! I gladly used the insurance money for other things!!

          • TheChuphta

            Neat perspective. You sound really cool and awesome. I’ve been waiting for someone super cool to finally chime in.

            Oh man! I want to invite you to my house but you are so big and strong you would not fit in my tiny house and I am worried you would steal my wife and I would die alone of heartbreak for her (and also you, because I’d admit on my deathbed that I was in love with you).

          • riposte

            I make misunderstanding about what you mean
            About the disaster and robbery, sorry to hear that, I’m not US citizen but still remember about it, one of horrible disaster I’ve ever seen for US

          • Mark1884

            Too bad you did not shoot the looters.

    • Chester Snapdragon McPhisticuf

      These are a reissue and two reinterpretations of Seiko’s first dive watch, the 62MAS diver, not the Submariner. The 62MAS and the Sub were designed completely independently and have totally independent lineage. The models in this article were not made with the intention of copying a Rolex design; they are not homages of the Submariner. The Sub and the 62MAS may have similar design elements, but so does the original Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. Is the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms an homage of the Sub just because it looks similar? I’ll remind you that the Blancpain came first of all.

      Similar aesthetics does not equal homage. Just because the average Joe (or Larry) might possibly confuse the two models in this article with a Submariner makes them naive and uninformed; it doesn’t make these models homages of the Sub. You’re logic is flawed and you’re just trying to use a popular sentiment (another Sub homage) to get some internet brownie points. In this case, you are wrong. These aren’t Sub homages, they’re a reissue and two reinterpretations (homages) of the Seiko 62MAS diver, which is an interesting and legitimate original design in itself.

      • Lincolnshire Poacher

        Is that you Chester! You’ve come back to us!

        Hey everybody, its Lord Count Prince Chester Grovsner. He’s back. (or not).

    • Steve Lanski

      Hardly! A near perfect reproduction of their classic 1965. Dial blows the ugly sub out of the water. Rolex is so overrated.

  • Mark1884

    This is a great $300 watch………..It cost how much…….forget it.
    It’s just a Seiko folks, I fail to see the fascination with them.

    • Chester Snapdragon McPhisticuf

      Wait till late winter or spring and you’ll pay maybe $550 for one of the reinterpretations. $300? That’s SRP7xx territory. This has a hardened coating, sapphire crystal, the 6R movement; all upgrades. It even has a few things up on the Sumo. And if you think it’s boring because it says Seiko on the dial, you’re obviously blind to their rich history and range of pieces up and down the quality spectrum which, given their prices, rival many from Switzerland.

      • Mark1884

        I don’t think I am blind to anything. I know what I like, and know what I don’t like.

        • Chester Snapdragon McPhisticuf

          Obviously not if you can’t get past the negative bias of a name.

          • Mark1884

            Ok Dr Freud…… you are correct and I am wrong.
            So sorry I dont think like you.
            I will now run out to the closest gas station and buy the best watch in the world.
            Bye the way….. bugger off!

          • Chester Snapdragon McPhisticuf

            Typical behavior of one who has run out of valid arguments.

          • Mark1884

            Are you retarded???
            What valid argument do I need????????
            I don’t like Seiko: that statement stands alone.
            That is my personal opinion. It needs no validation or argument from me.

            You Seiko people are just as bad as the Bremont cheering squad.
            Go away troll.
            PS: Did you bugger off yet?????

    • Mikita

      “Just a Seiko” – this phrase makes me confused 🙂 And is this “just a Seiko”?

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/15e93152a8cccd434f917c157ba25a2e10377a1595bcf4b7bba1409ed546c9ff.jpg

      It’s finishing is superior to any Rolex or Omega – so may we call it “Just a Seiko” as well? What I wanted to say – is that there are DIFFERENT Seikos – from Seiko 5 up to a Credor. Full range of watches meant for different markets and wallets, from simple 3-handers to pure artistry, haute horlogerie timepieces.

      Well, the SLA017 doesn’t fit into their normal gradation of watches. It is below the Grand Seiko level, but it is so far from what people call “Just a Seiko”!

      • Mark1884

        I do not care for Seiko’s. I don’t care if you put “GS” in front of it.
        It is still just a Seiko to me, and I would not bother with one of them.

        Like I have stated in the past – a watch for every wrist: wears yours in good health.

        • Phil

          Yeah, like a Bugatti is just a Volkswagen.
          I don’t care if you stick Bugatti on the hood, I would not bother with one of them.

        • Mikita

          It’s okay, I respect your choice to not like Seiko. But be sure to know what they are capable of. For instance: https://www.fratellowatches.com/seiko-factory-visit-trip-report-part-1/

          Seiko use one of the most complicated traditional ways of hand finishing, experiment with their own alloys and grow their own inhouse jewels. And these facts are just a drop in the sea. Actually, some of the master watchmakers at Grand Seiko are at the top pedestal of mastery, even the King of finishing – Philippe Dufour – told a couple of times that GS watchmakers are top of the top, and that there is few competition for them among Swiss, for instance: http://www.ablogtowatch.com/philippe-dufour-disappointed-todays-watchmakers/2/

          So, it’s okay to not like Seiko or even hate them, but they do deserve some respect; at least for keeping Swiss asses on fire.

        • Jay Lagrosas

          These people are not watch lovers, they are brand-and-image-conscious wearers. Like in art they only stick in one form. Totally under developed brain for different tastes.

    • Steve Lanski

      I own several high end pieces. You clearly don’t understand the workmanship and beauty of Seikos higher end pieces. I love to wear my Seiko and have people think as you do. It flies way under the radar.

      • Mark1884

        You clearly don’t understand that I don’t like Seiko.
        Why can’t you Seiko people just get it through your heads…… not everyone likes this brand.
        It must be a subconscious inferiority complex. You must defend and protect Seiko against real Swiss or German watches.

        Seiko will never be on the level of prestige as Swiss watches.
        That is the reality, I don’t care how much you drone on about the level of quality and finishing. I DONT CARE!!!!
        Seiko will always be just a Japanese watch, trying to escape the shadow of Rolex, AP,VC, etc..

        So to me….. it’s just a Seiko!!!!!

        • Steve Lanski

          I actually own a several top end Swiss and German watches. However, I will most likely never own a Rolex, just don’t understand the appeal. So I understand what you’re saying.

          • Mark1884

            Thank you!!!!
            I am not trying to be an ass here. In comparison, I am a big Rolex person. When many people complain about them, I don’t bother to argue with them. Not everyone likes every watch.
            Regards 🙂

        • Drazen B

          So to me…you’re delusional.

          • Mark1884

            Great!
            Now take your Seiko and shove it up your ass 🙂

  • HectorAsuipe

    If the bezel lines up and the clasp isn’t flimsy, then the SBP051 / -053 is a good piece that will surely stand strong against the Longines Legend Diver, the Oris 65, or any other of the ilk.

    The 62MAS reissue is gorgeous. Not $3400 gorgeous, but if I had stupid money and some sense of restraint, I’d take it over a Blancpain FF any day.

    Seiko gets a lot of credit for offering a good quality ladder of dive watches: Turtle, Prospex options, Tunas, GS Quartz diver, 62MAS, and GS Spring Drive diver. Something for everybody.

    Fanboy out.

    • Mikita

      Absolutely agree. They cover all diver segments: Sea Urchin ($100) -> SKX007 ($150) -> Turtle ($250) -> Sumo ($400) -> Tunas ($$700-2k) -> MM300 ($2k) -> GS 9F ($2.7k) -> 62MAS ($3k) -> GS 9R ($5k+).

  • JF Schnell

    I won’t be getting any because are way to expensive but nonetheless great timepieces.

  • Cepillin1183

    Hmmm. I’m looking at the blue spb053 at ’12’ and it doesn’t quite line up with the chapter ’12’ market. Then I look at the sla017, at $3500, everything is perfectly fine UNTIL you look at the bezel marker, the circle, that is slightly off.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/778c147081fb064b9b582e8713ec08ee1e313e98507f7f9018681b2de605838b.jpg

  • Cepillin1183

    Hmmm. I’m looking at the blue spb053 at ’12’ and it doesn’t quite line up with the chapter ’12’ market. Then I look at the sla017, at $3500, everything is perfectly fine UNTIL you look at the bezel marker, the circle, that is slightly off.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/40aa5932c97ce87c284d9706d6e9738d7bbc955f6411c0a818f17c1f2a312a36.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/13527e90f56d1378459d006b0938fb9deefa8205a227d47410e4585bdef48333.jpg

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  • Ulysses31

    I love Seiko. However, this isn’t worth the asking price to anyone but a die-hard fan. For the same price you could choose a much better Seiko from a different range, or from another manufacturer with superior finish. I think they’re getting a little ambitious with the pricing of their low and mid-range products.

    • christosL

      “Another manufacturer with superior finish?” And which manufacturer might that be? You might argue about brand prestige but when it comes to finish, Seikos are at the top of the tree, easily out-doing the competition in the different price brackets, and you usually can compare a Seiko with watches costing several times more.

  • Omegaboy

    Man oh man oh man. If Seiko would just ditch the frame around the date window. They seem to be obsessed with putting them on. Have never liked them.

    • riposte

      Window frame function is to make it looks balance

  • Aditya

    I would have bought one in a heart beat. Then I saw the price tag and bought the MM300 instead. Knowing Seiko, there’s bound to be another 62 mas inspired watch with the 8L35 at a much more accessible price point. I love my MM300 but would have happily bought the re-issue if it was priced around 2500.

  • Steve Lanski

    Just received my SLA017. Fantastic watch worth every penny! I have several high end divers and this one is on par with the best of them. So glad I was able to snag one at the Florida boutique. I know many people are upset by the price but really worth it. Seiko has been producing world class watches at very reasonable prices for a long time. If they were in Switzerland and charged double nobody would have said a word. Well I have mine and it’s “only a Seiko” wink wink. Congratulation to all that were able to purchase.

    • Judah Rosenthal

      Mine arrived today as well. Compared to my Turtle, it’s not worth 15 times the price but compared to my Longines Legend no date, it’s worth twice the price. I’d say it’s up to my only modern Rolex, though a little tall at 14+mm. So everything is relative.

      I can’t figure out what to wear it on though. Nato is a little informal, leather strap doesn’t look right and bracelet isn’t authentic. I have a tropic en route. Hopefully that’ll work. A grey perlon will tide me over till then.

      Either way, it’s a well finished watch with a classic design.

      • Steve Lanski

        I’ve been wearing the rubber strap this week on the beach and it’s grown on me I’m liking it. I too have a tropical strap (in silicon) on the way, I may swap out.

      • Tan Jian Xun

        Agreed. I had a 116610LN and i sold it to get the SLA017 + Tudor Black Bay Black. No regrets.