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Watch of the Week: Seiko Prospex SLA055

If you’re hunting to truly set a look at to the exam, ship it to Antarctica: If it can endure the continent’s frigid temps, howling winds, snow, and ice, then it can endure anywhere. The technique labored properly ample for Seiko, at least. Members of the Japanese Antarctic Study Expedition wore Seiko divers for the very first time in 1966. Now, the model has produced the limited-edition Seiko Prospex SLA055, a new dive look at that builds on its predecessors’ spectacular pedigree.

Seiko produced its very first dive look at in 1965, and it highlighted h2o resistance down to a hundred and fifty meters and an automated movement. In 1966, customers of the 8th Japanese Antarctic Study Expedition wore this rugged look at on their journey to Antarctica, and it set the standard for Seiko divers to follow. The Japanese Antarctic Study Expedition was so amazed with the look at, it chose Seiko divers for its subsequent missions in 1967, ’68, and ’69. In 1968, Seiko set the bar even greater with the release of a new diver that supplied three hundred meters of h2o resistance and a extra strong automated movement. The new Prospex SLA055 is dependent on that iconic timepiece.

The new look at brings together a challenging style and design with handsome accents that reference Seiko’s extended heritage in Antarctica. The 42.6mm situation, bezel, and crown of the SLA055 are manufactured from Seiko’s proprietary At any time-Good metal, a type of stainless metal that provides improved corrosion resistance over the types of metal commonly applied in other watches. It also contains exclusive style and design elements to make it much easier to use in the cold—and extra durable: The bezel has massive notched edges to make it much easier to grip with gloves, and the crown screws into a separate part (not the situation by itself), which would make it simpler to substitute.

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But it is not all functionality over kind: The look at has some exclusive style and design accents that emphasize its heritage and maintain it from hunting as well utilitarian. The dial is a distinct standout. It options a refined pattern that transitions from deep to gentle blue, a shade plan that evokes the ice sheets of Antarctica. That icy blue is echoed in the numerals and markers on the bezel as properly. All twelve of the watch’s hour markers, as properly as the fingers, are coated in Lumibrite for fantastic legibility over and underneath the waves.

Even the strap is unique. It options a chunky block texture that remembers the strap identified on the 1968 first, even though this modern-day one is crafted from silicone for fantastic toughness and consolation on the wrist.

On the inside of, the Seiko Prospex SLA055 is powered by an 8L35 automated movement (made particularly for dive watches) that’s hand-assembled in northern Japan. After set jointly, the look at provides two hundred meters of h2o resistance for underwater adventures, in addition a generous 50-hour electric power reserve for precise timekeeping. And just like its forebears, it is heading to Antarctica: It’ll be worn by customers of the 63rd Japanese Antarctic Study Expedition, in which it’ll absolutely consider a beating and maintain right on ticking.

[$4,600 seikowatches.com]

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