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The new Seiko Prospex Prospex Turtle 200M Automatic Orange - Ltd Ed 500pcs - Ref. SBDY023 is the latest addition to the “turtle” collection. Prospex for Seiko means “Professional Specification” that their timepieces in this category are built with very high standards to be used by professionals. One of the most popular releases in recent years is probably the remake of the Seiko 6309 (circa 1976-1988) commonly known as the Turtle. The original 6309 divers are pretty rare given its short 12 years production lifespan. Although there are many examples in the market, there are less than a dozen that are original.
|Seiko Prospex Turtle 200M Automatic Orange - Ltd Ed 500pcs - Ref. SBDY023|
With many requests since we introduced Seiko JDMs, we decided to bring in the MADE IN JAPAN Turtles meant for the Japanese Domestic Market, denoted by the “MADE IN JAPAN” at six on the dial. The Prospex SBDY023 is a JDM model made available only in Japan. And comes with a selectable choice of English or Kanji date. The difference might be subtle, but this means a lot for Seiko collectors.
As suggested by the name this model is made in a limited quantity. While Seiko does not reveal how many will be produced, we have gathered from several sources that only 500 pieces will be made. What makes it unique is also the inclusive of an extra Seiko rubber strap and the use of a Seiko leatherette box with “Limited Edition” printed on the inside.
|JDM - Made In Japan for Japan|
It is powered by Seiko’s automatic caliber, 4R36, operating at 21,600 BPH (3 Hertz) with hacking and hand winding capabilities. It has 24 jewels with a power reserve of 40 hours.
The 200m water resistant stainless steel case measure 44.3mm case without the crown, but has a lug to lug length of only 47mm, and a height of about 13mm, with a lug width of 22mm. The short lugs to lugs length mean this watch wraps around the wrist on all(small or big) wrist sizes like a glove making it extremely comfortable. The bezel is aluminum and is blue/orange in color. It rotates buttery smooth into 120 positions has little to no free play in an anti-clockwise direction. Sitting atop of the bezel is Seiko’s Hardlex crystal. Further, the Hardlex crystal now has a magnifying cyclop at the 3 o’clock day/date position for enhanced clarity.
|Seiko's LumiBrite Luminous|
A mixture of satin brush and Seiko high polishing on the sides can be seen on the whole watch, giving it a somewhat premium feel. The screw down crown at four o’clock is easy for time setting. On to the back of the watch, the screw down case back allows 200m water resistant and is also brushed, featuring the recognizable tsunami emblem that is a staple on the other Seiko divers. The case does come with lug holes allowing swapping of straps with ease.
The highlight of the Prospex Turtle 200M Automatic Orange - Ltd Ed 500pcs - Ref. SBDY023 has got to be the dial. The SBDY023 is quite a stunner. The most prominent feature being the sunburst bright orange dial that dances with different lightings, while is being paired with applied markers with silver trims. The impeccable hour markers and hands are both generously coated with Seiko's LumiBrite allowing it to glow brightly in the dark for hours.
|Seiko Limited Edition Box & Additional Rubber Strap|
The Prospex Turtle 200M Automatic Orange - Ltd Ed 500pcs - Ref. SBDY023 comes with the Seiko stainless steel bracelet which combines high durability and comfort. Included in the package is a blue Seiko rubber strap just so you can change it out to a rubber strap when you feel like it.
The Seiko Orange Turtle is probably one of the Turtle models all the Seiko collectors will need to have. Especially bright color is what rocks your boat. Its unique sunburst effect and color is something that has to be admired in person. Its limited edition status will definitely make it highly collectible once production is dry.