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"I'll be back... Bennett..", "Let off some steam Bennett." If these lines heard through speakers in a deep tone, and remembering these were said to the main antagonist in a 1985 action movie, a familiar image will recalls to one's mind of a great "commando" acted by none other than one of the world's most well known Austrian actor of all time- Arnold Schwarzenegger. Since we mentioned about him, and anyone who came across those action movies during the 1980s, one can guess it right away a particular type of watch we are about to mention now.
|Prospex PADI Hybrid Diver "Arnie" Ref. SBEQ003|
Today we like to introduce to you a hybrid diver that based on an ever-so-popular model in Seiko's archive from 1982. It is where John Matrix (played by Arnold) got one on his wrist while blasting away the massive M202A1 Flash rocket launcher in "Commando" - the Prospex PADI Hybrid Diver "Arnie" Ref. SBEQ003.
The Prospex PADI Hybrid Diver "Arnie" Ref. SBEQ003 is a faithful remake of the Seiko's H558-5009 that became iconic when Arnold Schwarzenegger favored it in his famous 1980s movies like the Commando and Predator. Hollywood talks aside, the H558-5009 was quickly recalled as the first Ana-Digi dive watch that has a digital alarm chronograph with an analog time display. Ana-Digi divers were famous back in the '80s, and Seiko and others were producing different variants and got onto action movies as they were "appropriate" professional tool watches. Oh, even Sylvester Stallone wore a similar style, Ana-Digi Chronosport UDT Type II in Rambo 3 aired in 1988, but we digress.
|Analog with Sub-digital display|
Looking back and focusing on the Seiko's Prospex watches; where Prospex for Seiko means "Professional Specification" that their timepieces in this category are built with very high standards to be used by professionals. The Seiko "Arnie" falls into this category, further filtered into the dive watch collections.
It has a 200m water-resistant "Tuna can" case, with the size of 47.8mm wide, making it slightly larger than the original H558 (45mm), with proportion lugs to lugs distance of 50mm and 14mm thick. But with the design of the short lugs making it a wearable size who are interested in a Tuna-style wristwatch. It bears a close resemblance to the "Tuna Can" design due to the outer shroud that gives the watch a tool watch aesthetic with additional protection. We strongly believe the additional shroud was an appropriate take back in the 80s as Seiko would like a follow-up from their professional first professional quartz Tuna diver Ref. 7549-7009 in 1978. Furthermore, like all Seiko's Tuna Can watch, it wears smaller than the dimensions suggest, partly due to its round case and shot lugs architecture.
In continuation of the original Seiko H558 traits, the "Arnie" Hybrid Diver features a stainless steel internal case and lugs, with a rotating bezel with diver's style minute marker. Further what sets this apart from the rest of the current "Tuna-can" collections, and a major throwback of the 1980s, it has to be the 12 o'clock digital display. It tucks nicely within the top of the main dial that bears the main analog traditional time display with the usual hours and minutes plots, paired with the Seiko's diver-style handset. The SBEQ003 is done up in the PADI colorway on its bezel, enhancing the sportiness and diving vibe with a little splash of blue/red.
|Original remake of the 1982 H558 "Arnie" Diver|
One might ask, "what is the point of having a digital display when you can just read the time on this watch with its traditional analog display." Well, the digital "platform" allows essential add-ons functions like for instant, chronograph, dual timing, and alarm features that all adjusted through the compressor-style pushers at the left side of the case. Oh, did we mention that there is internal high-brightness LED that lits up the digital display through a push of a button at 10'o clock?
Now, the new Seiko Hybrid Diver showoff its latest solar technology. Powering the watch is the Caliber H851, powering the whole watch just by the exposure of light. When it is fully charged up, the "Arnie" Diver runs up to six months.
Moreover, this "Arnie" hybrid diver does not feel light like the recent Diver Solar X Lowercase collections, instead with its stainless steel chassis, it feels substantial enough to remind wearer what you have on is a definite professional tool watch that is robust and rugged enough to accompany one's journey to kill some enemies out in the field with a Gatling gun, or taking down some "predators" from the other world. Combine this with a Seiko soft silicon rubber strap that adds on to the comfortability. As always, legibility is top on this Hybrid Diver.
|Seiko's Lumibrite still works here like how its diver should be|
Anyway, even the original H851 watch has accompanied explorers to the successful ascent of Everest in 1988 and also went further on extreme climate explorations of both the North and South Pole.
To end things off, as we thought Seiko done an "hasta la vista, Baby" on us and bury the cool Ana-Digi timepieces, we genuinely like to give kudos to Seiko for reviving this cult-following timepiece that reminds one of the 1982 "Arnie" throughout the years, but now with much presence and modern reliability. The Seiko Prospex PADI Hybrid Diver "Arnie" Ref. SBEQ003 is a faithful recreation that tributes the aesthetic and vibe of the original while still having the robustness and reliability of what this whole dive watch is all about.