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  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
  • Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119
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Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119

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Seiko has become a well-respected brand whose watches have been enjoyed by many since its founding in 1881. The brand is an undisputed king of watchmaking from its first mechanical watch in 1913 to the 2014 prize at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) for its hi-beat caliber. In recent years, Seiko has worked hard to streamline its offerings. The Prospex and Presage lines have become more defined and stand on their own capably. Today’s new release is part of the former. Let us take a closer look.

Today’s release of an all-new King Samurai is part of Seiko’s limited edition black series, “Night Vision.” First introduced in 2020, the Seiko Prospex King Saumrai Diver introduced an upgraded version of the beloved Seiko Samurai timepiece. Gone is the Hardlex crystal and aluminium bezel insert. Instead, Seiko upgraded these parts with a piece of sapphire crystal and a ceramic bezel insert. Seiko fans over the world instantly rejoiced. It is not hard to see why - the watch has been a long time coming, with many Seiko fans clamouring for upgrades to the Samurai range for years. Naturally, the King Samurai has become one of the best-selling models from the Japanese watchmaker.

Seiko Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” - Ltd Ed 8000pcs Ref. SBDY119 / SRPH97

The King Samurai “Night Vision” is made entirely of 316L stainless steel and features an all-brushed PVD black coating. With a 43.8mm case diameter, the watch has a height of 12.8mm and a lug-to-lug of 48.7mm. While this watch might seem a tad too big, the relatively short lug-to-lug and curving nature of the lugs will help the watch wear better than what its on-paper dimensions suggest. 

Sporting classic Samurai arrow and sword-style hands, the watch is set on a matte black dial with baton indices used throughout, except for trapezoid-style indices at 6 and 9 and a shield index at 12. A date window can be found at 3, providing a helpful complication while not messing up the dial’s proportions due to its blacked-out wheel. A date magnifier features above the date wheel, aiding readability. The black second hand is also white-tipped, providing a nice contrast and allowing the wearer to locate the second hand quickly. 

Limited Edition 8000 pieces

Being a dive watch, the King Samurai Night Vision features an all-black 120-click unidirectional dive time bezel, allowing the wearer to track elapsed time. The screw-down crown and caseback also provide a healthy 200m of water resistance, helping the timepiece meet the ISO 6425 requirements of a proper dive watch. A piece of sapphire crystal is also affixed atop the dial, a nice upgrade from Seiko’s proprietary Hardlex. The SBDY119 also gives you night vision (pun intended), but only when reading the time on the watch at night. Seiko applied a generous amount of Lumibrite on the indices and hands, allowing for a bright glow in the dark. 

Powering the timepiece is Seiko’s in-house workhorse calibre, the 4R35. The movement has 23 jewels, beats at 21,600 BPH, and has a power reserve of roughly 40 hours. The 4R35 movement has been in use for decades, has proven reliable and robust, and will definitely stand the test of time.

Applied index with Seiko's LumiBrite luminous

As a limited-edition Seiko timepiece, each timepiece is also individually numbered XXXX/8,000 on the caseback. Seiko pairs the King Samurai Night Vision on a 22mm rubber strap. The strap features a signed, blacked-out buckle and tang. The rubber strap is exceptionally soft and comfortable, ensuring that the watch will feel very comfortable on the wrist. 

The Seiko Prospex King Samurai “Night Vision” Ref. SBDY119 is part of a trio of watches in this limited-edition release. With classic good looks and packing unbeatable specifications for its price, this watch is not one to be missed. Collectors and fans alike would also most definitely try to “collect ‘em all” by getting all three watches of this series into their collection.

Specifications

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Maker
Seiko Japan
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Movement
Caliber 4R35. Seiko Automatic.
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Accuracy range
-35/+45 sec per day
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Dial
Black
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Luminous
Lumibrite
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Case
Stainless steel
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Crown type
Screwdown
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Lug width
22mm
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Crystal material
Sapphire crystals
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Strap
Seiko black rubber strap
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Water resistance
200m
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Dimensions
43.8mm in diameter, 48.7mm lug to lug, 12.8mm thick