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Seiko Introduces Three ‘Black Series’ Prospex Limited Edition Dive Watches

Seiko Introduces Three 'Black Series' Prospex Limited Edition Dive Watches Watch Releases

Seiko just quietly announced three new limited edition “Black Series” Prospex dive watches, set to be released sometime in the first quarter of 2018. It’s pretty hard to screw up redoing existing pieces in black with a vintage design sense, and these three Prospex watches keep that trope alive. Aggressive, legible, and handsome, the black dials, tan hour markers, and white & orange hands (done in Lumibrite, naturally) keep from messing up the original aesthetic of the pieces. Seiko claims that these Black Series watches are inspired by night diving and are designed to achieve maximum legibility. Really, no matter what you think, these limited edition pieces are going to be grabbed up by the legions of Seiko dive enthusiasts out there.

Seiko Introduces Three 'Black Series' Prospex Limited Edition Dive Watches Watch Releases

Seiko Introduces Three 'Black Series' Prospex Limited Edition Dive Watches Watch Releases

Let’s start with the one that’s going to be the most wanted, the black ‘Turtle’ watch. The Prospex Diver Automatic SRPC49K1 has the same specs as the standard Seiko Prospex Automatic Turtle, with a 45mm wide case that has a 200m water resistance rating. The movement is the same 4R36 that operates at 21,600 bph with a 41 hour power reserve. The case is done in what Seiko calls a “hard black coating” – so either a DLC or PVD coat, with a screw-down crown and a unidirectional rotating bezel. Just the classic Seiko Prospex Automatic Turtle watch in a black case. It’s simple and definitely a favorite.

Seiko Introduces Three 'Black Series' Prospex Limited Edition Dive Watches Watch Releases

Seiko Introduces Three 'Black Series' Prospex Limited Edition Dive Watches Watch Releases

Next up is the first of two solar-powered pieces, the Prospex Solar Diver SNE493P1. Smaller than the Turtle at 43.5mm wide, this watch also has the same black coated case as well as a 200m water resistance rating, screw-down crown, and unidirectional bezel. The V157 solar powered movement has a 10 month power reserve.

Seiko Introduces Three 'Black Series' Prospex Limited Edition Dive Watches Watch Releases

Seiko Introduces Three 'Black Series' Prospex Limited Edition Dive Watches Watch Releases

Finally, the third model is the Seiko Prospex Solar Diver Chronograph SSC673P1, which shares the same 43.5mm case size as the Solar Diver and also has a 200m water resistance rating, screw-down crown, and unidirectional bezel. It uses the V175 movement, with a one-hour chronograph that shows 1/5 second increments. Power reserve here is 6 months. Moving to the case, you’ve got matching black chronograph pushers in addition to the blacked out case.

All three Seiko Prospex “Black Series” watches will come on a black silicon rubber strap. Again, all three will be limited to an unknown number but if you’re interested, I’d stay on top of it since they probably won’t last long. Price for the Prospex Diver Automatic Turtle SRPC49K1 will be €490, the Prospex Solar Diver SNE493P1 will be priced at €380, and the Prospex Solar Diver Chronograph SSC673P1 will be €410. seiko-prospex.com

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  • They’re going to milk this one for all it’s worth but I like it!

    I wouldn’t spend too much on a PVD/IP black watch so this will scratch that itch nicely!

  • BobHoover Tiangco

    I’ll take one Solar Diver please!

    • Sam Soul

      My choice too !

      • I especially like the Cyclops on the solar one plus the absence of the day wheel.

  • WMWM

    love the black turtle

  • BNABOD

    Should have used the nice auto chrono they have….shame really

  • WINKS

    And then bezel material is…?

    • Marius

      Coprolite.

      • WINKS

        coprophiliac!

      • TrevorXM

        Too expensive and exclusive for Seiko.

      • Kuroji

        All hail garbotech!

    • Sheez Gagoo

      The turtle bezel has a layer of hardlex to prevent scratches.

  • PollyO

    Nice

  • Spaceguitar

    Black turtle please. Perfect.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Well, excellent watches but I would prefer a sapphire crystal instead of black cases.

  • Steve_Macklevore

    Shame they are so large – anything over 40mm looks ridiculous on my wrist, and although I’m a slim guy, I’m certainly not the slimmest.

    • Kuroji

      Have you considered becoming incredibly fat?

      • Steve_Macklevore

        LOL No.

  • I love the glossy bezel on the last one… Finally!

  • Jon Heinz

    Not baaaaddd at all. If the auto movement was in the Solar’s case instead, I’d have to go into the doghouse because that combo would just be pure sex and I’d have to have it.

  • Larry Holmack

    I really like the Black turtle…and 45 mm’s is right in my sweet spot…not too big or too small. But…since the wife gave me a new watch for Christmas….I might have to save up money from future sales of my art work and get one on the sly!!!

  • Raymond Wilkie

    This watch need to go on a diet ASAP.

  • Good Gene 42K18

    Although they are reasonably attractive, there are three main problems I have with these pieces:

    Hardlex may be fine for those who don’t know any better, but being nearly 2018, sapphire is a requirement for any product that calls itself a watch. Even the 3 dads of Donkey Line managed to put a sapphire crystal with AR coating on BOTH sides of their ‘watch’. And for less!
    Speaking of materials, I’m going to give Seiko the benefit of the doubt and presume they went with the ‘only slightly less horrid’ DLC rather than the ‘truly abominable’ PVD. But seeing as I routinely handle diamonds, that DLC is just not going to hold up to my very rigorous lifestyle.
    Lastly, the price. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m just a normal guy. And there is an unwritten rule that a normal guy should spend about a half-day’s salary on a watch. You know, at least $11k. This watch costs less than my daily orange juice at Le Côte Soleil. I’m afraid that’s just a little too normal. In short, this is not an option to be considered, but luckily I’ve brought an alternative: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6728f1146e590670e6d6e2b93f003c10f0a44eb7ed44483c1a215560a4b2a7fd.png

    • Jay Wick

      Marius?

      • Good Gene 42K18

        I am Larryus, the Midwestern Marius.

        • egznyc

          I’M Larry. Here’s my brother Darryl and here’s my other brother Darryl.

          Seriously, I’d be psyched if they had a gmt hand on the solar one – and removed the cyclops. I’m just in the mood for a good legible gmt. And a 24 hour bezel.

          • Good Gene 42K18

            I love Newhart.

      • No. Marius would have pictures of a different kind of boy. And Bentleys.

    • ProJ

      You sound just like Marius indeed

    • Kuroji

      Technically, DLC is slightly harder than diamond due to the bond angle of the carbon atoms.

      • Good Gene 42K18

        Yeah, I meant I didn’t want to scratch up my diamonds with my watch, yeah, that’s what I meant. Yeah…

    • kramdrallim

      The faux Titanium cod piece doesn’t match the rest of the ensemble, it needs a coat of DLC, or PVD…..

  • PeterMcK

    I had a nice SKX007 with an aftermarket (and rather excellent) Super Oyster bracelet. I really like the look of these, but would prefer with a matching bracelet. Note sure where you would get one with the right colour match, however… Alternatively, could anyone recommend a good alternative to the rubber strap?

    • Alternatively, I can recommend an alternate NATO strap as a fine alternative.

  • IanE

    Look great, but, oh, if only Seiko [here and, so often, elsewhere] would make the minute and seconds hands a better (i.e. longer – so they reach their indices) length! Very tempting even so.

    • Han Cnx

      YES! This is my main gripe with many Seiko (and other) watches, when they put on T-Rex hands that are too short. I’ve seen worse than this though, and for a diver I’m a little less bothered by it.

    • ???

      I guess “hands should reach the indices” is not the rule Seiko believes. So you can find that even on the high-end Credor or Grand Seiko.

  • Steve Loader

    Almost amazing, but I can’t get over the mismatched lume on the hands and indices – a vintage watch would age equally, assuming the lume was initially the same colour.

    Otherwise, really nice.

  • Tea Hound

    I don’t get what’s so great about these – they just have the usual ‘butter slightly melted in the sun’ style of most cheaper Seikos. No sapphire crystal, no ceramic bezel. What’s the big deal?

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Nothing,………………….nothing at all.

    • ProJ

      Another well priced limited edition from a brand with a cult following.

    • Han Cnx

      It’s not that big of a deal, much like almost any other watch on ABTW isn’t that big of a deal really, but if street pricing ends up slightly lower like it often does then it’s interesting for me because I think the regular Turtle is too similar to the SKX, but in black it offers a more different look, so I’d be tempted. 😉 At the same time for 500 Euros you can get a Sumo and gets close to the SBDC053, so it needs to stay well South of those those.

      Oh and Seiko usually doesn’t put sapphire on dive watches because sapphire -while more scratch resistant- is more brittle. And Seiko just aren’t the kind of people to make engineering concessions for the sake of beauty or marketing. 😉 (Although SBDC051/053 do have sapphire, so maybe that’s changing..)

      Hardlex is strange by the way.. there may be different grades because on Seiko 5’s it scratches like there’s no tomorrow, while my 3 year old SKX, my most often worn watch, doesn’t have a scratch on it, while being a lot clearer/brighter than mineral crystals on other cheap watches like the Orient Ray.

      • spiceballs

        Agree other than my Seiko 5 pepsi hardlex dial (now 7 years old) has very few scratches, s/s case not so.

        • TrevorXM

          “,,,hardlex dial (now 7 years old) has very few scratches…”

          I guess you mean crystal. You must. Even a SINGLE scratch on one of my Swiss watches’ sapphire crystal would mean I’d throw it in the garbage. But, of course, for them to have a scratch would mean I would have probably lost my hand. So disposing of a watch would be of little consequence.

          • Kuroji

            You can get the sapphire window replaced.

          • egznyc

            Oh please don’t throw them in the garbage- I’m sure you’d have many interested takers. Probably wasn’t a sapphire crystal, though, if it was scratched (rather than broken). I do realize you’ve never had this happen – and with good reason ;-).

    • TrevorXM

      There is no big deal. You’re too astute to read Seiko ABTW articles.

  • Cobra Commander

    why won’t they sign the crowns on these?

    • TrevorXM

      They are too ashamed. Plus that costs an extra dollar or two and the Seiko suits won’t have that.

      • Cobra Commander

        You might be right. I have a JDM that I like but they discontinued it and now are making most JDMs more like the junk they sell in the USA. I get it’s about money but they make some good products. Instead of fixing the brand the want to sell mass produced junk.

  • TrevorXM

    Why don’t they have sapphire crystals? Why don’t they have ceramic bezels? Why don’t they use Seiko’s decent movements which are comparable to ETA’s ancient 2824? NO ANSWERS FROM BILAL KHAN, just the typical bullcrap. As he writes: “Really, no matter what you think,,,” YES, it’s largely because of blog writers like you that Seiko offers garbage, when they could up their game and offer remarkable watches at their price. They could do it very easily.

    • ???

      Of course the only real answer of your questions is for profit.

    • Kuroji

      Because $$$ I assume.

    • Arliss Arlington

      Because Seiko did the math. They will still sell tons of these even with aluminum bezels and hardlex. I too wish Seiko did these upgrades but that didn’t stop me from picking up 3 Turtles, 2 Monsters, Sumo, MM300, and a SKX007. Guess I’m part of the problem. Until the masses stop buying their products, Seiko will continue to use aluminum and hardlex.

  • Ross Diljohn

    God how I hate the hands on this watch.

    • Kuroji

      Still better than Tudor. But yeah, not great.

      • Ross Diljohn

        Tudor is marginally better I think. Marginally.

        • Good Gene 42K18

          How about those atrocious Omega Seamaster hands?

          • Ross Diljohn

            Planet ocean broad arrow…Was thinking about buying one when they were just introduced,took one look at it and walked out.

          • WINKS

            They make me think the designers were using crayons.

  • Ross Diljohn

    Seiko for gods sake just do a straight up reissue of the 6105. Would that be so hard? People are making money with producing copies of this icon.You already have the case, just do it.

    • Simonh

      Totally agree, it’s a no brainer.

    • Bozzor

      They will do it, that we can be sure of: it will be a release of about a 1,000, with each one going for $2,000 at least, and all will be gone within 24 hours.

      • Ross Diljohn

        You’re absolutely correct.

  • Lindsay

    Tactical

  • CWOLFE

    I’m guessing these limited editions are not available yet? I’ve done some searching and I do not see where I can purchase one online since there is not a Seiko Boutique in Tennessee… Any ideas would be very helpful… thank you

    • CWOLFE

      Update … Just noticed on another article it said the watches will be available in March and not in January as previously mentioned. 🙁

  • SuperStrapper

    These shoukdbhave been from a higher end line for the brand. I wanted that chrono to be automatic, Seiko needs a serious dive chrono.

    • WINKS

      As does Rolex.

    • Bozzor

      There were rumours of a Grand Seiko chrono diver using a 9R86 way back in 2015, but nothing seems to have come of it.

  • Gastarbeiter

    I am fond of the solar Seiko divers. Fo rmy vacation and sports during holidays need something solid, reliable, rough and at a price point where I would not start crying if smth happens.
    Nevertheless, I am somehow put off by the overall design and size. I am not sure if the solar module requires the watches to be >40mm for example.

    If I were Seiko I would invest a bit more on the design too.

  • Andrew Hughes

    the look is right on these… well done Seiko.

  • Glenn Stevens

    Tired of limited editions, Looking at micro brands just to spite Seiko. As soon as people stop buying into these marketing ploys, maybe they’ll get back to making dive watches people want.

  • HeadphoneAddict

    When this article came out I called up my local Seiko AD right away, and expressed my interest in 2 of the 3 LE models. He’s been in touch with his distributor, who was initially telling him they’d be out this spring – today my AD informs me that Seiko is not bringing these watches to the United States and it may be a Japanese only watch. IS THIS TRUE?!? I’m kinda ticked off if true, because the distributor lead us on for a few months just to drop the bomb on us.

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