We’re picking up all kinds of glacial vibes from Seiko‘s new Prospex Save the Ocean watch collection and that’s no accident. Each one brings the overall series back to its polar roots by reinterpreting three iconic predecessors from the 1960s and 1970s. Once worn by adventurers and researchers on expeditions to the north and south poles, the original watches endured the brutal frozen landscapes of the Arctic and Antarctic. Brought back to life with brilliant precision, these newer variants are similarly built to withstand even the harshest of environments.
Taking its heritage to heart, each watch in the new series evokes a different shade of glacial ice on the dial face, going from deep blue to white. All three run on an uber-reliable and automatic Calibre 6R35 with a date complication and power reserve of 70 hours. Thanks to super-hard crystal sapphire coating with anti-reflective treatment on the inner surface, wearers can expect absolute durability and legibility alike. Speaking of legibility, all twelve indexes have been generously coated in Lumibrite so as to deliver maximum brightness under dark conditions. You can take these beauties up to 200 metres deep or simply make them part of your next stylish ensemble. Adventure takes many forms, after all.
Seiko Prospex Automatic Divers Watch Save The Ocean Special Edition SPB297J
This icy stunner draws upon Seiko’s first-ever diver’s watch from 1965, which was used by members of the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition from 1966 to 1969. It measures 40.5mm in diameter and delivers analogue three-hand function with steadfast accuracy. The combination of deep blue dial and steel construction captures the glacial theme perfectly, whilst a dark bezel takes some of that chilly edge off. As with all watches in the range, this one comes in a special presentation box.
Seiko Prospex Save The Ocean Special Edition Automatic Divers Watch SPB299J
Seiko goes light blue on the dial and dark blue on the bezel, thereby cranking up the glacial aesthetic of this steely timepiece. This automatic movement takes direct inspiration from a landmark 1968 diver’s watch and offers 200m water resistance. Measuring 42mm in diameter and weighing 186g, it seems like something that could single-handedly take the room temperature down a degree or two.
Seiko Prospex Automatic Divers Watch Save The Ocean Special Edition SPB301J
This Special Edition model immediately distinguishes itself by way of a unique case shape and signature white dial colour. It calls upon a 1970s classic worn by Japanese adventurer Naomi Uemura, who took it on a two-year, 12,500km solo dog-sled run from Greenland to Alaska. The biggest of the bunch—though not quite the heaviest—it features a case diameter of 42.7mm and comes in at 13.2mm thick. The light blue bezel pairs beautifully with the white display and steel case and bracelet whilst driving home the glacial theme.
Whether deep underwater or above ground, all three of Seiko’s new Prospex watches render quite the icy impression. Each one comes on a steel bracelet with secure clasps and extenders and features a one-way rotating bezel, crystal sapphire coating, and a trusty automatic Calibre 6R35 under the skin. As part of the Save the Ocean series, the collection also helps deliver financial support to chosen marine charities (to learn more about this initiative, click here). Find these watches through Seiko Boutiques and selected retail stores worldwide starting June 2022. May they bring out the explorer inside you.