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Prospex for Seiko basically means "Professional Specification" that their timepieces in this category are built with very high standards to be used by professionals. Seiko’s answer to their 62MAS from 1965 are the modernized and pocket-friendly priced Seiko Prospex Diver SBDC051 and the Seiko Prospex Diver SBDC053. These new timepieces also echo the design of the 1965 original, but are thoroughly up-to-date in their functions and meet Seiko's stringent standards for diver's watches.
|Prospex 200M Automatic Black Ref. SBDC051|
The Seiko Prospex 200M Automatic Black Ref. SBDC051 is powered by Seiko's automatic caliber, 6R15, operating at 21,600 BPH (3 Hertzs) with hacking and hand winding capabilities. It has 23 jewels with a power reserve of 50 hours through a Spron 510 mainspring.
The 200m water resistant stainless steel case measure 42.6mm case without the crown, has a lug to lug length of 50mm, and a height of about 13.8mm, with a lug width of 20mm. The 200m water resistant case is treated with Seiko’s DiaShield coating on the case and bracelet. This provide scratch-protection and extra corrosion resistance. While it does not make the watch scratch resistant like Dievas and Damasko, it does reduce scratches and scuffs significantly. The bezel rotates buttery smooth into 120 positions has minimal free play in a clockwise direction. Mixture of satin brush and Seiko high polishing on the sides can be seen on the whole watch, the Zaratsu polished line on the case side adds a touch of contemporary refinement.
|Seiko's Zaratsu polished line|
The screw down crown at three o'clock is sterile. Moving 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 staple on the other Seiko divers. The case does comes with lug holes allowing swapping of straps with ease.
Onto the dial, the design is hugely based on the 62MAS. With sunburst black dial and applied markers. It is a beauty to look at and probably can stare at it for hours. The hands are wider and carry long-lasting Lumibrite so as to be highly legible even in dark water.
|Seiko's LumiBrite luminous|
The design of the steel bracelet compliments the watch beautifully, with a seemless look and feel. The bracelet is a step above the other Prospex collection like the Sumo and Shogun. Compared to the regular flat bracelet design, the SBDC051's link has an angled design and a more solid feel overall.
Overall, the Prospex 200M Automatic Black Ref. SBDC051 is a very worthy addition to the Prospex collection and certainly a model that will find its way into many diver watch lover's collection.
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