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"Introducing Japan collection 2020 in Japan Blue." The deep and rich color imbued in Japan's culture since the Meiji era. Various indigo hues produced through a unique dying process used synonymously in the nation's daily life. They'd still cherished within today's time, Seiko carries on the particular traditional palette onto the latest 1000 pieces limited edition Seiko Prospex 200M Automatic Sumo Japan Collection 2020m. Another objective was laid during the launch of this limited edition to a great cause - with every purchase of the watch; a certain sum would be donated to the Japanese Red Cross is assisting the global pandemic on the coronavirus infection control activities.
Short for "Professional Specification", Prospex timepieces are built with the highest standards for professionals. Seiko presents 2007 SBDC001 and 003, also known as the "Sumo," and the second generation SBDC031 and SBDC033. With enhanced functionality and made in respect of Japan's culture, the all-new Seiko Prospex Sumo Japan Collection 2020 takes after the previous designs with a beautiful Japan blue accent.
The overall look of the Sumo is one of a kind and stayed through to its roots since 2007; being quirky while still wears like a professional dive watch for more than a decade, including this new indigo edition.
|Seiko Prospex 200M Automatic Sumo Japan Collection 2020 - Ltd Ed 1000pcs Ref. SBDC113
Delving into the heart of Seiko's JDM watches, we marvel at the new engine that this renowned company has built. 2005 marks the year in which Seiko made the 6R15 engine, derived from its 7S26 movement. Using this stellar in-house manufactured calibers to create their JDM timepieces, Seiko's 7S and 6R movements are popular among Seiko collectors.
Proven to be reliable and accurate, the 6R15 movement powered the previous Sumo generation ever since their launches three years ago. Always seeking to improve, Seiko unveils its latest engine, the 6R35 caliber, an upgrade from the workhorse 6R15. This movement is used to power the Sumo Japan Blue edition, making this timepiece the first to feature Seiko's new automatic caliber. Maintaining operation at 21,600 BPH (3 Hertz) with hacking and hand winding capabilities, this engine has 24 jewels and a longer power reserve of 70 hours, a whopping 20 hours more than the 7S and 6R. The 200m water resistant Sumo stainless steel case embodies the beautiful craftsmanship and fluid line.
This dive watch is a well-received favorite in the Seiko community. The Japan Collection 2020 measures 45mm wide, a lug to lug length of 52.6mm, a lug width of 20mm, and approximately 12.9mm. This watch was born to be built like heavyset Sumo, a direct incarnation to the previous Sumos, while allowing comfortability on any wrist size.
|New Seiko Calibre 6R35 With 70 Hours Power Reserve|
Additionally, this watch's indigo aluminum bezel has minimal free play in its smooth 120-click unidirectional rotations. Admire the mixture of satin brush and Seiko high polishing on the sides of the entire timepiece and the unique twisted lugs on its case that adds refinement to this unique diver. Therefore, all these have enhanced the Sumo feels a notch higher than other dive watches in the same price point for many years, and many more to come.
Satin-brushed, the screw-down case back allows for a 200m water resistance, deeming this timepiece your trusty diving partner with its sterile screw-down crown at the 4 o'clock position. Branded with the signature tsunami emblem that sets Seiko dive watches apart from others, the case of the Japan Collection 2020 affixes with lug holes on its sides that allow for easy strap changes. This watch is getting a domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal instead of the usual Hardlex mineral crystal.
The watch's unique aesthetic and its fat markers on the bezel, now the nickname of "Sumo," starts to ring a bell. Sporting a sunburst indigo blue dial that matches the bezel, the Sumo freshens the original design with its symmetrical applied markers. Pairing perfectly with the lime green second hand and "Diver's 200m" text, the watch radiates with enhanced vividness and depth. With all that said, legibility is excellent as on all Sumos.
|Iconic Sumo Case Design|
The impeccable hour markers and hands are generously coated with Seiko's LumiBrite, allowing it to glow brightly for hours. Further, Seiko has also tweaked a little to the 12 o'clock marker, appearing to be more elegant than before.
The steel bracelet's design compliments the watch beautifully, having it brushed mainly, with polished sides and a polished lining on either side of the central link, giving this new Sumo a seamless look and feel. This exquisite timepiece comes with a bonus accordion-styled blue silicon rubber strap that matches the Japan blue theme and is well suited for any occasion. With excellent durability that can withstand the harshest conditions, this water-resistant strap and bracelets let one dive in style.
Carrying the characterized Japanese indigo dyeing colorway, the Seiko Prospex 200M Automatic Sumo Japan Collection 2020 Ref. SBDC113 is a welcoming addition to the Prospex collection. It is a well fabricated Seiko diver that boasts its alluring and evergreen hue that's singularly well-admired. With the enhanced specs and an upgraded movement, this dive watch is a testament to Seiko's high standards and patriotism as an esteemed watchmaker that goes the extra mile to cater to its market's interests by observing what appeals to its audience. Overall, the 1000 pieces-only Japan collection 2020 is a well-built timepiece that will find its way into true dive watch enthusiasts' collections.