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Seiko's first 1965 diver's watch, re-invented in 2017 as the SLA017

Seiko's first 1965 diver's watch, re-invented in 2017 as the SLA017

Authored By Carolyn DePaula

A legend was born: SLA017

In 1965, Seiko debuted a diver's watch that was the first to be quite water-resistant (150m) due to an automatic mechanical caliber. This watch, also designed for reliability in harsh conditions, was worn by the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition and passed with flying colors.

Now Seiko has recreated this 1965 classic watch design with the Prospex, which boasts the latest technology, including a Caliber 8L35 for divers. This Caliber 8L35 was designed by skilled craftsmen and women in the northern region of Japan in the Shizuku-ishi Watch Studio.  The watch is known as the SLA017.

Recapturing the past while celebrating the new

Besides the 1965 design elements such as the 3D embossed hour markers and luminous dot at twelve o'clock, the new Prospex diver's watch features a box-shaped sapphire crystal and 200m water resistance. Wearability is enhanced both inside and outside the water with an accordion-style silicone strap and durability is increased with a super-hard coating, which protects the Prospex from scratches.

The dolphin emblem on the back of the case is precisely like the original, but the hands on the dial are wider and carry Lumibrite, which lasts for a long time and makes them visible even in deep, dark water. Besides the silicone version, the Seiko Prospex also comes with a steel strap. 

We are excited about this new addition to Seiko's line of excellent watches. The thrill of the old and the new is apparent everywhere, in both design and technological specs.

The new Seiko Prospex is coming out in November of 2017.  If you are interested in the SLA017 Seiko watch, drop us an email.


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