Seiko Prospex Fieldmaster Lowercase Watches

Seiko Prospex Fieldmaster Lowercase Watches

Seiko Prospex Fieldmaster Lowercase Watches Watch Releases

Unless you are Japanese or into Japanese culture and fashion, the name Lowercase might not mean anything significant to you. Lowercase is, in fact, a Japanese design and creative consulting firm that has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world like Nike, Disney, and Lego, to create campaigns in Japan. Now, they have teamed up with Seiko to produce a series of limited edition Seiko Prospex Fieldmaster Lowercase watches.

Seiko Prospex Fieldmaster Lowercase Watches Watch Releases

Seiko’s Prospex watches are essentially tool watches developed specially for professional use, hence the name being a portmanteau of professional + specifications. The entire collection is subdivided into Sea, Land, Sky, and Run. The watches that readers are probably most familiar with are the dive watches from the Sea collection. However, the Land collection has some pretty interesting models also. The Seiko Fieldmaster SBDC011, or “Field Tuna” as Seiko fans like to call it, is a hot favorite. It is an automatic watch that features a compass bezel and a brushed shroud similar to that on the Seiko dive watches that are also nicknamed "Tuna." The new Prospex Fieldmaster Lowercase watches, however, are markedly different.

Seiko Prospex Fieldmaster Lowercase Watches Watch Releases

There are eight new Fieldmaster watches, and for a start, they are all quartz watches. Solar quartz watches, to be exact, because they can be powered by light. The overall styling of these eight watches is mostly similar, with the main differences being in the dial, case finishing, and strap that they come with.

Seiko Prospex Fieldmaster Lowercase Watches Watch Releases

All eight models will come in 44mm black stainless steel cases with plastic protective shrouds. Water resistance for all models is 200m and all models are also powered by the Caliber V157, a solar-powered quartz movement. Seiko says the movement is accurate to +/- 15 seconds a month and battery life is around 10 months when fully charged.

Seiko Prospex Fieldmaster Lowercase Watches Watch Releases

As befits the name Fieldmaster, these eight watches have a style that is appropriate for a field watch. Large cathedral hands and large hour markers ensure legibility, while a rotatable “countdown” bezel means wearers can use their Seiko Prospex Fieldmaster watches to time events of up to an hour. Some models even have 24-hour markers on the dial, making it easy for their owners to tell military time. All eight Seiko Prospex Fieldmaster Lowercase watches will come with rugged NATO-style fabric straps, except for two - the SBDJ031 and SBDJ032 - which will come with leather NATO-style straps.

Seiko Prospex Fieldmaster Lowercase Watches Watch Releases

Seiko Prospex Fieldmaster Lowercase Watches Watch Releases

Five of the eight models are limited-editions, some limited to 300 pieces and some to 700. And each of the limited editions is specifically for a Japanese retailer, with models for BEAMS (SBDJ031), the hip and fashionable Freemans Sporting Club (SBDJ023, 300 pieces; and SBDJ025, 700 pieces), United Arrows (SBDJ032, 300 pieces), and Journal Standard (SBDJ033, 700 pieces).

Seiko Prospex Fieldmaster Lowercase Watches Watch Releases

Seiko Prospex Fieldmaster Lowercase Watches Watch Releases

The SBDJ027, SBDJ028, and SBDJ029 are not exclusive to any retailer and are not limited by production number. Rather, they are limited in the sense that they will only be produced for a limited time. Seiko doesn’t say for how long they will be available.

Seiko Prospex Fieldmaster Lowercase Watches Watch Releases

Seeing that five out of eight models are exclusive to Japanese retailers, it shouldn’t surprise you to hear that these models will be exclusive to Japan. One can only hope that this is only temporary and Seiko will offer some of the models overseas - at least the ones that aren’t exclusive to Japanese retailers. Still, it shouldn’t be hard for readers to source them from their favorite overseas sellers. The Freemans Sporting Club model will go on sale in September with the rest following in October 2017. Prices of the new Seiko Prospex Fieldmaster Lowercase watches will range between ¥37,000 and ¥45,000 (that's about $340-$410 in USD at time of writing). seikowatches.com

What do you think?
  • I want it! (72)
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  • I bet they look even better once you pry off that hideous plastic bezel shroud that has become a Seiko trend for some reason. I think I would do the 031 or 032 myself.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      The reason was, to protect the bezel and the crystal of the tuna. A highly professional diver. I don’t know if it makes a lot of sense on this.

      • You need all the protection you can get when fiercely bidding on the prized bluefish tuna at Tokyo fish market!

    • Sheez Gagoo
  • Raymond Wilkie

    In proper money that’s £4,340.40 – £5,278,88.

    Why are these limited ? there is nothing special about them at all. Maybe that’s all they think will sell. If that’s the case i think they’re being a bit to optimistic.
    The lugs look a little deformed, just don’t look right at all.
    And just to finish off i really hate a nato strap.
    To sum up,……………………………………No

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Decent watches. Don’t like all of them, but compared to the recent Tissot sponsored(!) post I would take the Seikos. They have a much better movement compared to the horrible, 4 jewels, plastic crap quartz chrono from Tissot, that breaks out all the time, crowns falling of with the whole stem and needs almost annual battery replacement (Tissot had better quartz movements before, but now they are in Longines and Tissot gets the jewelles plastic crap). So well done, Seiko. Tissot should learn from you.

  • Ulysses31

    Cheap, cheerful and interesting designs but they seem a little bit all over the place. The hands really don’t suit the rest of the watch. As has already been mentioned, plastic for any external component of a watch is undesirable, even though high-end manufacturers seem happy enough to use plastic and rubber in watches costing ten times as much – it is a practice that should be shunned.

  • Yan Fin

    Plastic? No natural rubber strap? Pass

  • Moonraker

    I’d actually be interested in an in-depth article about different kinds of quartz watches (solar, kinetic, very high frequency, mecha-quartz, Spring Drive, etc), how they work, and compare the accuracy between themselves, and between what they promise vs. real world. Battery life or power reserve length. Show some examples of each and prices. I don’t know how well that kind of article would go over in the comments, but I’d like to see an article like that. I’m not anti-quartz, I’m anti-these crappers: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5fae1aa88bc3f7488ffd5692e5179b61367ad27ed8314ef9c4686976a55077d4.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c61492f9206777b97f7d6fd256b66b688ebe98828a8817be648e8211a15c8656.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e0a1306193c1490a76729f1faf1f9ddbb46b7da6a3f0c5f1ba09faf31374cbdc.jpg

  • Yanko

    Decent, joyful watches with beautiful hands. Price not too crazy.

  • SuperStrapper

    “…Five of the eight models are limited-editions, some limited to 300 pieces and some to 700. And each of the limited editions is specifically for a Japanese retailer, with models for BEAMS (SBDJ031), the hip and fashionable Freemans Sporting Club (SBDJ023, 300 pieces; and SBDJ025, 700 pieces), United Arrows (SBDJ032, 300 pieces), and Journal Standard (SBDJ033, 700 pieces)…”

    God bless whoever manages the Seiko catalogue. Unless it’s a robot. In that case God damn you, robotic job stealer.

    Is the Freeman Sporting Club for Freeman on the land? I’m always hoping they get hit by a bus, I hope they arent organising sport events now.

    But as to the watch. No thanks. The nu-cathedral handset is the most interesting bit, But it belongs on a different watch.

  • egznyc

    This solar technology is a great idea. Not loving the design – that shroud could go and we’d have a much more svelte watch – but if you’re going to go quartz this would be the way to go (or kinetic).

    Now maybe Apple should try this in their smart watches.

  • Buy and Sold

    crystal is?

  • DanW94

    That extra plastic ring or whatever is surrounding the bezel has to go. It makes me think of the football helmets (in the 80’s and 90’s) with the additional plastic pad on top. I think they referred to them as the Great Gazoo helmets.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8d3dc3ae4fc10739e359be8a4a595d01a1be8878f8ab6d28062c9ddde1e340af.jpg

    • Raymond Wilkie

      What’s with all the padding ?, scared of getting a wee bruise ?
      Same shape of ball we call rugby. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6d11cf05ce891632bd0d22b11b5408137610636d63dfcb9a4a3bef661ff97341.jpg

      • DanW94

        Give him 15 years, he’ll be drooling all over himself while trying to remember his name and what country he’s in from too many shots to the noggin’…..

        • Moonraker

          In other words, he’ll be where you are now, Raymond. You=Raymond. That’s right. You like to make clunk sound. Oh, you have to go potty again? Remember to take your mittens off before you wash your hands this time. 🙂

      • Berndt Norten

        As someone who has played both rugby and American football, I can assure you Raymond, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Sorry, mate, but that ain’t where it’s at. It’s precisely because of the lack of padding that rugby is safer. I have friends who could and did play national-level rugby into their forties. Apart from Tom Brady, how many NFL players last that long? Average career in NFL has historically been 4 years. The pads and helmets lead to a false sense of security…and to more injuries.

        • Bozzor

          Well, most of the time Rugby can be a bit safer…but not all the time…

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj7v5bLmWlQ

          • Berndt Norten

            Ouch!

        • Larry Holmack

          And countless players, who might have been able to play in the NFL, get severely injured playing college football. Both of these sports can be brutal. I had friends who played Rugby in my college’s Rugby club…and a couple of them sustained really gruesome leg injuries!

          • Berndt Norten

            They’re both brutal. But I think that US football leads to more serious injuries. I got injured after virtually every football game. Not so with rugby.

  • Seiko should simplify their watches lineup

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Bad luck people. All sold out.

    • SuperStrapper

      ***insert Luciano joke here***

      • IG

        Luciano, Lenny Kravitz and Ariel Adams walk into a bar…

        • Berndt Norten

          And encounter Berndt-Dogg Peru, Moonie 2, and Dan Tanna

          • IG

            …and Raymond Wilkie, proper pissed.

          • Berndt Norten

            That’s Dectective Wilkie to you, IG Peru.

          • Moonraker

            The Manna with the Planna from Heaven.

  • Mark1884

    The only one I like is the SBDJ028, gold on leather. BUT: the NATO has to go as well as the plastic crap! Really- get that horrible plastic thing off of it.
    Other than that….not bad.

  • IG

    I’d rather spend that $410 on booze.

    • Mark1884

      Sounds good!

    • Berndt Norten

      Krug, baby!

      • Moonraker

        Krug! Ah-ah! He’ll blitz every one of us!
        Krug, Krug, I love you, but I only have 14 minutes to get sloshed off my ass!

        • Berndt Norten

          I prescribe the Blanton’s formula

          • Moonraker

            Take two Brannock devices and call me in the January.

  • Mike Burdine

    I like it. I guess there’s no accounting for taste.

  • ????????? ??????

    I like it it suitable for at my age

    • Moonraker

      It’s not a giveaway.

      • DanW94

        You give it to me? Yes! Yes! I take!

        • Moonraker

          I feel appreciate to have in my collection. I love vintage watch. In my shop nobody ask about this watch where it comin from. I feel more happy to have this watch around my wrist because it show me who i am.

    • IG

      8 y/o?

  • Jerry Davis

    I like the watches a lot but would have expected a lower price…. like half.
    But then it is pretty rare that I find a watch that costs LESS than what I expected.

  • Larry Holmack

    I do like the J029 version….although I really don’t need it…but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to own it!!

  • Word Merchant

    I don’t get it. What’s so special about these?

  • rfanti

    Any recommendations on overseas sellers?