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Seiko introduced the Alpinist wristwatch in 1961 with the intention of it becoming a reliable timepiece for Japanese mountain climbers and other sports enthusiasts alike. The production of this watch was vital because it was the first real attempt at making a sports watch by Seiko. Seiko Alpinist watches started being produced in 1961 and inspired by Yama-Otoko, which is Japanese for mountain men. Mountains cover much of the Japanese landscape, and the mountain men that worked or spent time in the mountains during their free time were supposedly the inspiration of this line of Seiko watches. These men required excellent gear that could handle the rugged terrain and that they could depend on for accuracy.
|Seiko Prospex Alpinist Sharks Tooth Black Ref. SBDC087 / SPB117
Hour markers reminiscing shark's teeth
|Beautiful case with internal rotating bezel
Now, the Alpinist gets a much durable sapphire crystal with a utilitarian magnifying Cyclops. We do not exaggerate how useful the magnification of its date display right here, as the date window gets magnified fully, filling up the size of the Cyclops itself.
The stainless steel case carries the “Alpinist’s baton,” bearing a unique applied indexes with minute numerals and luminous plots flanging them. The no-nonsense matte black dial holds one of the most striking features of this dress watch, which has an easily recognizable applied pointy metal markers in the shape of a shark’s tooth. Their distinct looks and glossiness adds on the appeal of its dial that further draws back in relation to its 2006’s model. The beauty and slight aggressive look, you got to admire in person.
Since the new generation of professional tool watches in the Prospex line gets the “X” emblem on the dial side, the Alpinist Sharks Tooth Black Ref. SBDC087/SPB117J1 included. Seiko placed it at 6 o’clock, replacing the previous “Diashock 23 jewels” wordings, as to not throwing off balance of the dial’s entirety.
|Seiko luminous glows brightly in the dark
The main traits of what this the “Japanese Explorer” has to be its internal rotating bezel, which doubles up as a compass for the mountain climbers which the watch was intended for and is operated by rotating the second crown at 4 o’clock.
Lastly, The Alpinist is paired with the 20mm bracelet, fitted on single-lock mechanism that allows for easy removal. Overall the clasp locks with a reassuring click sound and a provides a balance fit on the wrist.
|Seiko's Caliber 6R35 automatic
Summing things up, the all-new Seiko Alpinist came a long way since 1961, springing up from the ever modest beginning as an entry-level sporty explorer watch to become a concurring horological marvel in continuation with the livery today. It’s not difficult to know where Seiko took the inspiration from their explorer’s collection for mountaineering and outdoor activities, in line with the Alpinist concept and moniker, while in addition with the much-needed upgrades that all of us in agreement terms of its value proposition.