June 23, 2008
by Ariel Adams
I am convinced that Seiko loves their dive watches most of all. Not only do their dive watches get to sample each fragment of new technology that they release, but dive styled watches fall at the bottom and top of Seiko’s watch line from a price perspective. One result is a dizzying array of diving watches available from Seiko. I’ll never be able to wrap my head around their many models, and Seiko has succeeded in keeping my interest on their new releases to see what they come out with next.
Relatively new is the new Seiko Prospex Marinemaster with the Kinetic Direct Drive movement model SBDD001. The Kinetic Direct Drive movement fits in between the normal Kinetic movement and the Seiko Spring Drive. See here for the explanation of the various Seiko movements especially the Direct Drive. From the most basic of views, you have a typically styled high-end Seiko dive watch with some special features. Most important is the Kinetic Direct Drive and the corresponding power gauge on the dial. The large crown not only looks cool, but serves to help a prime feature of this watch which is showing the power generating force that winding that watch provides, even though it is an automatic charging watch and does not necessarily need to be wound to power the battery.
I also move the rotating bezel with its serrated look. This indicates to the user not only that the bezel turns in one direction, but also which direction that is. The watch is made from light high quality titanium so it doesn’t weigh too much. This is good considering it is a lovely 46mm going with the large watch look that fits a masculine and slightly aggressive looking timepiece such as this.
You’ll notice that like Rolex Submariner bracelets, the bracelet of the Seiko Prospex Marinemaster is tapered someone for maximum comfort. Pricing for this watch however is far lower than any Rolex Submariner. Sitting near the higher end of the Seiko line, this model is about $1,500, and is only officially sold in Japan. Your only bet is to travel to Japan or order one online.
See Seiko Prospex, Marinemaster, and Kinetic Direct Drive watches on eBay here.