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Seiko Prospex Special Edition PADI SPB071J1 Watch

Seiko Prospex Special Edition PADI SPB071J1 Watch Watch Releases

Continuing the tradition of a recent partnership with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), Seiko has announced a new addition to the line-up known as the Seiko Prospex Special Edition PADI SPB071J1. When aBlogtoWatch announced the new collaboration back in 2016, it was obvious that fans of the brand were excited not only about the new color options, but the ability to commemorate the completion of their PADI certification process with a great watch. This watch in particular builds upon Seiko's recent "re-interpretation" (hands-on here) of the 62MAS – their original dive watch that debuted in 1965. Unlike some of the previous models, however, this new diver packs a little more than just another fancy new logo on the dial.

Seiko Prospex Special Edition PADI SPB071J1 Watch Watch Releases

In the case of the Seiko Prospex Special Edition PADI SPB071J1, its most stand-out feature is definitely the new gradient dial that fades from deep blue to inky black – almost like the Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue 116660. Besides the cool color scheme, the dial also features a well-executed deep wave pattern that adds some welcome texture to an otherwise strictly utilitarian design. Knowing Seiko, it's easy to guess that dial will react to light playfully and that more than a few watch nerds out there will have to consciously pinch themselves after constantly getting caught in its gaze. Aside from that and the inclusion of a few red accents around the chapter ring and minute hand, the dial is essentially the same as the previous SPB051J1 and SPB053J1 Prospex models we went hands-on with in the link above.

Like many of the higher-end Prospex models, the Seiko Prospex Special Edition PADI SPB071J1 is powered by the in-house 6r15 automatic movement. It operates at 21,600vph, offers a 50 hour power reserve, and can be hacked and hand-wound, unlike Seiko's entry-level 7s26. The watch is also slightly smaller than something like Seiko's SRP777, and measures in at 42.6mm. Water resistance is 200m and in the case of this special edition model, Seiko chose to sweeten the pot with the inclusion of a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

Seiko Prospex Special Edition PADI SPB071J1 Watch Watch Releases

Of course, no Seiko diver is complete without a significant application of lume and in this case, the brand went in a slightly different direction than the previous models. Although Seiko didn't supply images, the Seiko Prospex Special Edition PADI SPB071J1 will apparently feature two different shades of the brand's proprietary Lumibrite material – blue for the 12 o'clock pip, minute hand, and 12, 6, and 9 o'clock markers together with green for the hour hand and remaining hour markers. While it isn't a big change, it's nice to see Seiko find creative ways to visually separate this special edition diver from other similar models in the Prospex family. Finally, the watch will come on Seiko's recently revamped and super-comfy silicon dive strap – a successor to the Z22 strap that can still be found on some older models.

In the end, potential buyers will have to weigh out their options and reflect on whether or not they'd like to pay a tiny premium for the special edition PADI model. The most similar non-special edition model is the SPB053J1, which debuted at a retail price of €900. Available starting in February, the Seiko Prospex Special Edition PADI SPB071J1 will be priced at €910seiko-prospex.com

About the Author

Michael is a Seattle-based writer who first became interested in watches during his grade school years. He has a penchant for design, aviation, music, and anything sci-fi or gear related. When he’s not writing about watches or contributing to a number of other projects, he enjoys catching up on his favorite books, tinkering with guitars, and exploring the trails of Washington—with a watch on his wrist, of course.
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  • Is Seiko coming out with more limited editions than Omega now??

    • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

      Marketing buzz. Must be a new-hire in the department trying to mark his/her/its’ (?) territory.

  • bc_from_aus

    There are a number of Seiko divers that i’d buy in a heartbeat if not for that stubby broadarrow hour hand.

  • Good Gene 42K18

    I j h, come out to play-ay!

    • DanW94

      Warriors movie reference? Who’s L J H?

      • Good Gene 42K18

        Uppercase i, but pronounced like an e.

  • Steve Loader

    Something else I noticed from the product shots – it looks like the bezel ring is an anodised blue, which looks really cool!

    • Raymond Wilkie

      The Prospex PADI Special Edition 200m (ref. SPB071J1) has a graduated blue dial that darkens towards the base, along with a stamped wave motif. The minute hand is in red, as are the markers at the quarters, while the bezel has a blue coating.

  • IanE

    Enough already – I’m really unable to distinguish between the 50,000 subtly different versions of Seiko divers.

    • You meant the 50,000 subtly different versions of Rolex Daytonas.

  • Lindsay

    A lot of these PADI editions look rather nice but alas, I am not a professional diving instructor.

    • Steve Loader

      A similar dilemma is holding me back from getting the Moonwatch.

  • George Yiannakopoulos

    I think I might be in love!???

  • SuperStrapper

    No bezel info. Is it anodized and have an aluminum insert? Most likely, but should be considered inappropriate today.

    • BNABOD

      alu lacquered MM300 style

  • Julius Swerving

    I have an SBDC051, and this looks like a slight step up from a very good (but not perfect) watch.

  • BNABOD

    Bezel is the same as the other models mentioned Aluminun which is lacquered just like the MM300. No ceramic or sapphire bezel here. Aside from that it is a decent watch price is keeping up north for Seiko and there are tons of micros offering a lot for less imho.

    • Drazen B

      If you could spell Aluminum or Aluminium properly, your post could have some weight to it.
      In other news…you aren’t correct about MM300 bezel, either. It’s S/S, and it’s not lacquered.

      • BNABOD

        Whoa aren’t you you special. The MM300 is lacquered / enameled whatever word you professional want use.

  • RideandRoll

    All I have been wanting is this watch with a sapphire crystal. I have ruined far to many non sapphire crystals on watches to ever buy one without again. This watch with a sapphire crystal is a definite buy for me.

    • Bert Kanne

      Seiko pricing is absurd. I am currently wearing a Phoibos Wavemaster, a almost flawlessly executed Seiko powered Chinese made competitor. It has a well lumed ceramic bezel and a sapphire crystal and it is about 1/4 the price!

      • SuperStrapper

        Nice shill

        • Bert Kanne

          please clarify…I do not understand

          • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

            Clarification is not needed. Thanks for the PHOIBOS tip-off. I like your work also.

          • Bert Kanne

            Thanks for your response. I like Seiko designs but I find the lack of sapphire crystals and ceramic bezels unacceptable at their price points. And stamped clasp links are a no no as well.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Lovely. I want it.

  • Playboy Johnny

    Nothing special here.

  • DanW94

    The Seiko divers under 1k are much like Marius’ trips to Pattaya. So much to choose from and ultimately they all offer a lot of bang for the buck.

    • BNABOD

      yeah but then you open the hood…………and surprise…………

      • Raymond Wilkie

        It’s bigger than yours!

    • HailFN

      Shut up you pedo

      • DanW94

        First time poster? Relax dude, it’s a harmless running joke that’s been on the board for a long time now.

        • BJ314

          But here’s the rub – that’s an actual photo of an actual person, taken within the last week. And he probably wouldn’t want people on a watch blog claiming he’s a “thai ladyboy” – which by the way, is homophobic, racist and generally immature.

          • DanW94

            I didn’t post a photo.

          • BJ314

            “existing in the abstract” is not possible when Marius reposted an image from SIHH 2018 and attributed his standing joke to an actual person. For all anyone of you know, the guy in the photo follows this blog and is mortified to see himself as the butt of some public joke.

            all that aside, feigning innocence when we know the “funny part” is somehow making fun of Thai transpeople, who are mostly brutalized by the local sex trade, isn’t really all that funny. we know what we’re laughing at, the question is “why do we think the suffering of a marginalized group is so damn funny”??

            really in poor taste that the joke is allowed to continue, especially for a blog with international sponsors.

          • Good Gene 42K18

            If you would be so kind, please list every marginalized group to which you personally belong so that when we address Your Excellency we know what not to say, thanks.

          • DanW94

            As a fellow ABTW community member I would urge you to flag any comment you find offensive or inappropriate and ask ABTW to delete it. Have a good one….

          • IG

            Holy Batman, another professionally offended.

          • Good Gene 42K18

            Where’s the racism? Saying “Thai”? Even for internet outrage addicts, that’s quite a low bar you’ve set.

          • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

            Easily triggered are we?

      • IG

        Sod off you plonker

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Why is this post still here?

        • HailFN

          Triggered?! Man, this is easier than on To Catch a Predator.

    • Marius

      Interestingly enough, I’m currently in Geneva with my Thai ladyboy, and we have just spent a few hours visiting the SIHH. Here’s a picture of my better half trying on a rose gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c6e13102564717934df726081dbb37926db969b50c28b4c5f36172447eda0c3b.jpg

      • palettj

        Had a little work done I see.

      • Good Gene 42K18

        Your better half is Jim Steinman?

      • Drazen B

        That Thai ladyboy didn’t seem to have followed the standard direction.
        Thumbs up for a level of diversity, Marius.

  • Aditya

    At these prices, this is a complete waste of money. You’re better off saving up for the MM300 or a Tudor BB

    • Raymond Wilkie

      BB!………..Save your pennies / cents and buy a Rolex.

    • BJ314

      At these prices, you still don’t know what demo this watch serves.

  • That band is not very nice for 900 euros

    • BJ314

      It’s a diving watch, not a charm bracelet.

  • IG

    Those PADI letters… Party like it’s 1977

  • Kurt Klimisch

    The marketing shots look beautiful. I would like to see a non-photoshopped wrist shot. I wonder if the blue ring around the bezel is subtle or highly contrasts. Looks like a beautiful watch. About the perfect blue watch for me.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    PADI the discrete adult nappy for those moments when a sneeze makes you piss yourself.

  • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

    A Quite Lovely Timepiece!

  • Nathan Likes Watches

    Love the dial, but would almost immediately swap out the divers band for something else.

    • Drazen B

      See if you could source a spare SPB051 bracelet for it, one of the best, if not the best sub-Grand Seiko ever made for a diver.
      Right up there with the SBBN015 Tuna bracelet.

  • I think we need a forum. What say everyone?

    I’m planning to sell all my watches (they are barely that, by the definitions held here), except my two G-Shocks, a 90s Databank, a skeleton fancy Swatch and a daily beater TAGF1, because I don’t use them anymore, and planning to get the blue bezeled Seiko Monster SRP581 (what’s with Seiko’s naming system?). Also, this is about as far as I’ll go spending for a watch. I’ve realized, with age, happiness isn’t in buying expensive things.

    And I wanted to hear all of your, respected personages, opinions!

    Picture is not the best, but there aren’t many that really show you that gorgeous bezel’s reflections.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1f67a38ab6b9156cad7a0ad49857b35b6d25a45f37aaaccaed26182ad323cbe8.jpg