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Our 8 Favorite Seiko Dive Watches Perfect for Sea Exploration
The long history of Japanese watch company Seiko could be traced back to 1881 with the opening of “K. Hattori”, a watch and jewelry shop in the heart of Tokyo by Kintaro Hattori. Three decades later, the founder decided to buy an abandoned factory and begin to manufacture the first wall clocks under the name of Seikosha which in Japanese terms Seiko has a meaning of “exquisite”, “minute”, or “success”, while Sha indicates “house”. As time went by, the brand also produced wristwatches and got highly respected from watch enthusiasts.
The very first generation started in 1959 where the Seiko dive watch only featured a manual winding and survived in 50 meter water depth. Six year later, they built a better performance with higher water resistance of 150 meters. Until now, this Japanese watch brand keeps producing and developing the best dive watches together with their best engineers.
What is a Dive Watch?
A dive watch is a watch that can withstand at least 10 bars of water pressure, is legible at a distance of 25 cm in the periods of dark, anti-magnetic, shock resistant, can hold out against saltwater, and provides diving time, for instance an unidirectional rotating bezel. With this helpful device, they can easily track the elapsed time and calculate decompression stops. And, Seiko has all of them.
Today, we will take you to the best Seiko dive watches in the series of 62MAS, Tuna, Marine Master, and others to see the greatest transformation Seiko’s ever made.
Prospex 62MAS 200M Automatic Black Ref. SBDC141
As a tribute to Seiko’s first professional dive watch collection ‘62MAS’, Prospex 62MAS 200M Automatic Black Ref. SBDC141 offers both great specifications and terrific design. It evokes a contemporary taste but in a more minimalist color. This dive watch features a stainless steel case with super hard coating, woven fabric bracelet that generates a lightweight, and calendar display. It’s totally safe for you to wear it for snorkeling, kayaking, surfing, or any kind of water sports because this series holds out against water up to 200 meter depth.
Prospex Professional 1000M Emperor Tuna Ref. SBDX038
The birth of Seiko Tuna collections came from the challenge to manufacture such a saturation diving—long periods of diving with partial pressure—and here Prospex Professional 1000M Emperor Tuna Ref. SBDX038 is following the needs of professional divers and scuba divers. Therefore, Seiko put a better particular element in this craftsmanship with the perfect 1000 meter water resistance. All models in the Seiko Tuna are distinguished by the screwed-on shrouds, where the ‘Tuna’ nickname came from. Means, it allows you to jump deeper to the ocean.
Marine Master Blue Professional 300M Ref. SBDX025
Seiko’s metamorphosis in dive watches never disappoints, and Marine Master Blue Professional 300M Ref. SBDX025 is the proof. Just like its name, the entire bezel and dial spread a deep ocean blue color tone. Inside the luxurious exterior, lies a Caliber 8L35 that provides handwinding capability with a longer power reserve of up to 50 hours.
Prospex Professional 200M 1970s Diver’s Re-Creation Black Ref. SBDX047
Prospex Professional 200M 1970s Diver’s Re-Creation Black Ref. SBDX047 pays homage to the 6105 diving watch from the 70s. The combination of a charcoal black textured dial and contrasted white markers meant to keep the visibility in mind. Unlike any other, this version displays a calendar indicator resting between 4 and 5 o’clock positions for easy reading.
Prospex 1975 Professional Diver 1000m Tuna 55th Anniversary Ref. SBDX035
There’s no better deal out there except Prospex 1975 Professional Diver 1000m Tuna 55th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 1100pcs Ref. SBDX035 when it comes to a professional saturation dive watch. This timepiece is a remake from the early Seiko dive watch collection with only 1100 pieces available. Extremely functional and reliable, it possesses rugged construction of a steel bezel, lightweight titanium body, and ceramic outer-shroud. Together with Caliber 8L35, all those materials successfully created one of the best Seiko dive watches this brand has ever made.
Prospex PADI 200M Automatic Sumo Ref. SBDC121
Having a good relationship with PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), Seiko proudly launched Prospex PADI 200M Automatic Sumo Ref. SBDC121 to celebrate their historical partnership. Provides an excellent addition to your wrist in a Sumo size of 45mm diameter case, this Seiko dive watch also boasts its earlier classy look by presenting the iconic blue and red aluminum bezel insert.
Prospex Professional 1000M Tuna Ref. SBBN047
If you are craving more saturation Seiko dive watches, the Prospex Professional 1000M Tuna Ref. SBBN047 is here for you. Its 1000 meter water resistance which has been ISO certified remains an undefeated part of this fantastic beast, meaning you can have underwater activities for longer periods. It is even better because the 49.4mm titanium case is set to build up durability. It’s bold and robust.
Prospex Hybrid Diver "Arnie" Emperor Ref. SBEQ005
The last one, Prospex Hybrid Diver "Arnie" Emperor Ref. SBEQ005 should be on your list if you are planning to buy a Seiko dive watch. This remake model of Seiko's H558-5009 offers a digital alarm chronograph that was popular in the 80s era to measure the time while scuba diving. With capability of reaching depths up to 200 meters and other traits such as hardlex crystal, lumed indexes, and silicon strap, this is a kind of timepiece you would never regret owning.