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The Seiko Prospex "Save The Ocean" Samurai 200M Automatic Ref. SRPC93J1 is the latest addition to the "Samurai" collection. Prospex for Seiko basically 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 OG Seiko Samurai launched in 2004 till 2008 (short production period). The original Samurai divers are pretty rare given its short 4 years production lifespan, further with few examples float around in the market. It is no wonder the new Prospex SBDY019 are so popular among Seiko and dive watch collectors, as the giant revived this fantastic line since 2017.
The SRPC93J1 firstly is a Japan model made from Japan. And for the latest partnership (been awhile since one), Seiko teamed up with the legendary underwater explorer Jacues-Yves Cousteau's grandson; Fabien Cousteau, who continues his grandfather's work with the exploration and conservation of the world's ocean. With the purchase of every "Save the Ocean" Special Edition, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Cousteau’s Ocean Learning Centre.
|Seiko Prospex "Save The Ocean" Samurai 200M Automatic Ref. SRPC93J1|
As suggested by the name of this special edition, the nautical/oceanic theme is at centre stage.
The Seiko Prospex "Save The Ocean" Samurai 200M Automatic Ref. SRPC93J1 was released in 2018. The overall look of the Turtle is one of a kind, quirky and unique given its unusual case silhouette. Powered by Seiko's automatic caliber, 4R35, operating at 21,600 BPH (3 Hertzs) with hacking and hand winding capabilities. It has 24 jewels with a power reserve of 40 hours.
|Gradient wave dial in reference to the sea|
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 means 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 has large printed markings on it. It rotates buttery smooth into 120 positions has little to no free play in a clockwise direction. Sitting atop of the bezel is Seiko’s Hardlex.
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. 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.
|Angular case with black bezel and crown|
The highlight of the Prospex "Save The Ocean" Samurai 200M Automatic Ref. SRPC93J1 has got to be the dial. The most prominent being nautical inspired dial. Seiko has created a new dial pattern on this model recalling the wave motion. Combine this with a new gradient blue colour, starting from clearwater blue at 12 o'clock to almost abyss-blue/black at 6 o’clock. The same design theme is continued onto the bezel insert, which is coloured in mid blue for the first 20 minutes of the scale and abyss blue for the remaining part of the scale, for design synergy.
Another unique part of the Prospex "Save The Ocean" Samurai 200M Automatic Ref. SRPC93J1 are the crown and the bezel itself which are coated in black. This distinctive feature makes this special edition unique in the Samurai collection.
The indices are largely the same, as are the classic Seiko hour and minutes hands. The hour markers and hands are both generously coated with Seiko's LumiBrite allowing it to glow brightly in the dark for hours.
The Prospex "Save The Ocean" Samurai 200M Automatic Ref. SRPC93J1 comes with their satin brushed-finished which combines high durability and comfort.
The Seiko "Save The Ocean" Samurai is the latest, and probably one of the models all the Seiko collectors will enjoy having in their heirs. Its unique dial pattern and color is something that is not seen before. And one of the few watches that is worthy to be in any dive watch collection. With its excellent price point and good value for money, good intention as its a partnership in support with the Costeau's Ocean Learning Center, it is a watch that will probably find itself onto the wrist of most Seiko buyers.