Seiko is looking to capture the spirit of its classic 1968 Professional Diver’s watch with the new Prospex LX line – a series of watches representing the pinnacle of sport on land, at sea and in the sky.
Bearing a strong resemblance to the 1968 original, Prospex LX is, of course, updated and modernised for 2019. The case’s centre of gravity is lower so that the watch sits comfortably on any wrist. The upper side is set at a more pronounced angle to allow the Zaratsu-polished surface to shine more brightly.
Featuring Seiko’s advanced 5R Spring Drive calibre, Prospex LX offers one-second a day precision alongside high levels of shock and temperature resistance, perfect for sport and adventure environments. The power reserve is 72 hours with water resistance to 300m. That’s a significant increase from the earlier Prospex models which offered 2oom water resistance.
In the past, the 5R Spring Drive calibre travelled to the International Space Station and was worn on a spacewalk. It was also taken to the top of the world when Yuichiro Miura wore a Spring Drive watch on his third successful ascent of Mount Everest. So there’s really not much that this calibre cannot do.
Different functions have been incorporated into each watch catering to three specific activities. The land version has a GMT hand and a compass bezel for direction finding. The sky version also has a GMT hand and a bi-directional bezel for showing time in a third time zone and the sea version has a uni-directional bezel to indicate the length of diving.
In addition to three versions in a light colour titanium, the LX line offers a special series of three all-black interpretations. The case is treated with a black super-hard coating, and the flat surfaces are Zaratsu polished. The sky and land versions are presented on leather straps while the sea version is offered with a silicone strap.
All six Seiko Prospex LX watches will be available within Australia exclusively at the Sydney and Melbourne Seiko Boutiques come July 2019. Prices range between $6,950 and $8,500. And by the way, the name LX, it hints at the Latin word for light and is a subtle nod to the way that light is reflected in the broad, flat surfaces of each case.