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If you could pick one watch that could manage to effortlessly shine in just about any occasion, what would it be? This might be your answer. Seiko introduced their latest addition to the ever popular ‘Alpinist’ collection of robust yet visually charming sports timepieces, paying tribute to the design of the original and first ever Seiko Alpinist — The 1959 Seiko Laurel Alpinist. Presenting the iconic style of its 1959 forefather with all the bells and whistles we’d expect from a modern Seiko watch, the Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Re-Interpretation Weave Blue - Bracelet Ref. SBDC159 all the right boxes in specifications and in looks.
|Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Re-Interpretation Weave Blue - Bracelet Ref. SBDC159
|Seiko in-house calibre 6R35 movement
The stainless steel case carries the Alpinist's baton
Perhaps the most distinctive aspect of the Prospex 1959 Alpinist Re-Interpretation Black - Bracelet Ref. SBDC159 can be found right on its black dial that bears a close resemblance to the classic 1959 Alpinist. Like the Laurel Alpinist, the unique textured blue dial features large iconic triangular markers at the 12, 6 and 9 position (with the date window replacing the 3 o’clock marker) and an inner minute track.
Zooming into the dial surface we could find intricate waving texture, flowing down vertically creating a mesmerising pattern for the wearer to enjoy. For a charming retro look, the applied markers and faceted handsets are treated with Seiko’s proprietary LumiBrite luminous paint in a cream white color to evoke an additional warm vintage touch with a pleasant blue glow in the dark. To top it off, the dial is protected by a scratch-resistant domed sapphire crystal treated with anti-reflective coating.
|Seiko luminous glows brightly in the dark
Under the impressive exterior of the Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Re-Interpretation Weave Blue - Bracelet Ref. SBDC159 lies the in-house calibre 6R35 automatic movement, which is equipped with a substantial 70 hours of power reserve, a significant upgrade from its predecessor, the 6R15. The 24 jewel movement has a 3 Hz beat rate of 21,600 beats per hour with hand-winding and hacking capabilities. Enclosed in a screw-in display exhibition case back and a screw-down crown at the 3 o’clock position, the watch presents a capable water resistance of 200m despite not being a diver’s watch.
The Alpinist will always have a spot in the hearts of Seiko enthusiasts, being an iconic watch that managed to deliver greatness in just about all aspects of a perfect every-occasion timepiece. With Seiko continuously bringing modern interpretations of their classic models, the Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Re-Interpretation Weave Blue - Bracelet Ref. SBDC159 is both a refreshing take and carries on the proud legacy of its predecessors with welcoming modern upgrades achieved with Seiko’s watchmaking excellence.