It was in 1965 that Japanese watch company Seiko created the first diver’s watch to come out of the island nation. The release of that watch led to 50 years of innovation, ultimately setting Seiko on the pinnacle of global diver’s watch standards. One of those watches, and the first high-beat watch made by Seiko, was the 1968 Prospex. Seiko is now offering a faithful re-creation of that watch for modern collectors.
The re-creation Prospex uses a 10-beat, high precision automatic calibre for its movement. Both the original and the re-creation use a Caliber 8L55 movement, which beats at 36,000 vibrations per hour. This special movement is assembled by the master craftsmen at the Shizukuishi Watch Studio.
The one-piece structure features a mono-directional rotating bezel with a screw-down protection crown. Seiko used Zaratsu polishing techniques to highlight the edges of the flat case and lugs. While the original watch was an air diver’s watch, Seiko upgraded the re-creation, making it suitable for saturation diving.
To increase legibility, Seiko used three different hand shapes and lengths to mark the hours, minutes, and seconds. They also employed a dual-curved sapphire crystal so that the watch could be easily read from any angle. The markers were also treated with LumiBrite and set against a black dial for even better visibility in low-light situations.
The 12, 6, and 9 markers are differentiated with a rectangular shape as opposed to the circles uses for the other numbers. A date window takes the 3 position. The strap was also updated with new, state-of-the-art materials while the design was kept the same as that of the original. The watch has a power reserve of 55 hours.
Limited to just 1,500 examples, the 1968 Automatic Diver’s Re-creation Limited Edition is sure to be a popular addition to any collection.