Seiko Prospex 55th Anniversary Dive Watch 1965 Re-issue SLA043
The Seiko 55th Anniversary 1965 Diver SLA043
Seiko Prospex SLA043 - $4,500
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The 55th anniversary of Seiko Dive continues with the stunning SLA043. The SLA043 is inspired by the design of the original 1965 dive watch. This refitted watch has been outfitted with the superb 8L35, while it is not a hi-beat watch, this is a watch with Grand Seiko DNA. The original watch in this 62MAS style that came out earlier this year for the 55th anniversary, the SLA037, was a high beat movement with special polishing. The SLA037 runs $6,300.
The SLA043 is a great compromise, a great movement, with all brushed finished polishing for $4,500. The watch also comes with an extra blue strap. The straps are done in the original waffle style straps from the 1960s. The watch is limited to only 1,700 pcs worldwide.
The watch heritage and being a limited edition makes this a very desirable watch. The movement, design and tooling make this a very wearable watch.
PROSPEX 1965 DIVER
1965 is a big year for Seiko. That is the year that the first Seiko dive watch was made. Seiko dive watches have become legendary for quality. It all started with the 1965 model. 1965 was an interesting year, a lot of watch companies started to make dive watches, it was a second wave of dive watches in the industry. Here with the SLA043 that heritage and tradition can be found in that watch. While the SLA043 looks like the 1965 original model, great care has been done to honor the watch with all the mean time creating a updated landmark watch. Prospex continues the 55th anniversary celebration with this recreation and reinterpretation. Joining a special collection marking the 55th anniversary of Seiko's first diver's watch, this extraordinary Automatic Diver, available only in a limited edition of 1,700, with the serial number engraved on each caseback.
The SLA043 pays tribute to Seiko's role in Antarctic exploration as essential equipment for the work of the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE). The brighter Ever-Brillian Steel is inspired by a glacier. The deep blue of the dial is colored to remind us of the marine blue of the antarctic seas.
The watch has a smoothly tapered case, crafted of Seiko's new Ever-Brilliant Steel. The Steel is a high grade stainless steal that has a whiter and brighter finish that has a high level of corrosion resistance. The case is a comfortable 39.9mm with a thickness of 14.05mm. The movement is a 8L35 an introductory Grand Seiko movement. The 26-jewel automatic movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, with a power reserve of approximately 50 hours, and can be wound manually or automatically. The crystal is a a box-shaped anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The dive watch follows ISO standards for scuba diving to depths of up to 200 meters. The bezel is a black one-way rotating elapsed timing bezel and screwdown crown and caseback, A fantastic bonus of this watch is and extra watch strap. The SLA043 comes with two reinforced silicone straps, in black and marine blue, paying tribute to the advanced original "TROPIC" design.