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The Seiko's Prospex collection are mainly tool watches for professional users. The collection is then divided into Sky, Land and Sea.
Focusing on their Land collection, first, we have to look back into their archives where it all started. The creation of the Landmaster goes back several decades where Seiko explored and developed a wristwatch that possesses both durability and accuracy under the most extreme conditions. Like for instance, Seiko begins to work with individuals challenging the freezing temperatures of the North and South poles, explorers that conquer the summit of the world's highest mountains.
|Seiko Prospex Landmaster Ref. SBEJ001|
In 1993, the very first Landmaster ref. SBBW005 was born and conceived by legendary designer, Mr. Ikuo Tokunaga, relying on the Kinetic movement Caliber 5M23 with 3 days power reserve and indicator.
25 years later, Seiko released their latest iteration of the Prospex Landmaster 25th Anniversary - Limited Ed 500pcs Ref. SBEJ003 in April 2018, that we previously proud to bring forth to you. Right now, we like to introduce to you its successor- the Prospex Landmaster Ref. SBEJ001.
Launched as an on-going production model, the Landmaster SBEJ001 elevated the Landmaster design by tweaking its case and movement to look more sturdy and modern for today's collector's taste. The watch is made entirely from titanium. It boasts light-weightiness without affecting the durability and besides, Seiko's proprietary DiaShield treatment throughout, which is a protective layer to minimize everyday scratches.
|Intricate multi-faceted titanium case in mixture of finishing|
The Spacewalk inspired case is something you don't see every day. The titanium case is finished in multiple finishing, polished on the side of the case and bezel with beautiful satin brushed details on the top of the lugs and bezel. Titanium by nature is a dull material, and it takes a unique technique and experience to finish it to a mirror finishing.
The Landmaster has a total weight of only 170 grams, though it wears like a tool watch on wrist at 46mm wide and 51mm lugs to lugs with a thickness of 15mm. The Landmaster, like its sibling the Landmaster Springdrive ref. SBDB015 has its screw-in crown at 12 o'clock. Its smart placement means it will not dig into the user's wrist when worn. Although part of the Prospex Land collection, it has a stable water resistance of 200m. The bi-directional GMT compass bezel is unusually tight; in a right way, for a non-ratcheting bezel.
|3-Dimensional dial execution for depth|
A nice feature on the case back is the information of the GMT world timer scale with its essential specifications.
What we particularly love is Seiko's use of sapphire crystal on this model. The sapphire crystal treated with Seiko's proprietary super-clear coating, which makes the glass almost non-existence.
Moving on to the bracelet, it has solid titanium links finished in satin brushed with the lug width of 24mm tapered to 18mm at the buckle side. Seiko's iconic clasp with on-the-go diver extension found on the Landmaster SBEJ001 similar to those found on the Marinemasters.
|GMT worldtime scale|
The dial is something you have to see in person to appreciate. While it might look complicated at first glance, it is very well laid out with all the information you need at a glance. A neat feature found on the dial is the applied three-dimensional hour markers, giving the dial lots of depth and dimensions — the markers and hands filled with Seiko's LumiBrite.
The watch uses Seiko's all-new caliber, the 6R64; its an automatic hacking movement operates at 28,800 bph(4 hertz). Complication includes a power reserve indicator at 7 o'clock and a date indicator at 2 o'clock. Furthermore, this movement is a through and through GMT mechanical movement, where the GMT hand is corresponding the adjustable hour hand when one travels across different time zones. All these while maintaining a 45 hours power reserve.
|Seiko's LumiBrite application is tops|
The Seiko Prospex Landmaster Ref. SBEJ001 is not a watch you see on everyone's wrist as it is quite an acquired taste. This is a watch for someone who is looking for something that is not an everyday diver or sports watch. The close relation of it to the Spacewalk makes this rather charming in its rights. It is bold and uses Seiko's latest 6R64 movement. The watch with its titanium case is quite something you have to see and feel in person to understand the amount of work Seiko's watchmakers have put into it. The Landmaster is also feature packed with a GMT function, date, power reserve counter, and DiaShield. Nobody says watch collecting has to be boring.
Suffice to say; we LOVE the unicorn crown, the uniqueness and the queer stare from bystanders.