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The Seiko Prospex "Save The Ocean" Turtle 200M Automatic Ref. SRPC91 is the latest addition to the "turtle" 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 Seiko 6309 (circa 1976-1988) commonly known as the turtle. The original 6309 divers are pretty rare given its short 12 years production lifespan. Although there are many exmples in the market, there are less than a dozen that are original. It is no wonder the new Prospex SRPC91J1 are so popular among Seiko and dive watch collectors.
|Seiko Prospex "Save The Ocean" Turtle 200M Automatic Ref. SRPC91J1|
As suggested by the name of this special edition, the nautical/oceanic theme is at centre stage.
The Seiko Prospex "Save The Ocean" Turtle 200M Automatic Ref. SRPC91J1 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, 4R36, operating at 21,600 BPH (3 Hertzs) with hacking and hand winding capabilities. It has 24 jewels with a power reserve of 40 hours.
|Japan model with Day/Date display|
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.
|Gradient dial and bezel with black bezel and crown|
The highlight of the Prospex "Save The Ocean" Turtle 200M Automatic Ref. SRPC91j1 has got to be the dial. The SRPC91j1 is actually quite a stunner. The most prominent being the 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" Turtle 200M Automatic Ref. SRPC91j1 are the crown and the bezel itself which are coated in black. This distinctive feature makes this special edition unique in the turtle 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" Turtle 200M Automatic Ref. SRPC91j1 comes with an accordion-style silicone strap which combines high durability and comfort.
The Seiko Save The Ocean Turtle is probably one of the Turtle models all the Seiko collectors will need to have. 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, it is a watch that will probably find itself onto the wrist of most Seiko buyers.