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Saving the ocean just got way cooler with the launch of Seiko’s latest line up of “Save The Ocean” special edition models. Inspired by the ice-cold landscape of Antarctica, the world’s largest marine sanctuary, this stunning new release perfectly combines Seiko’s technical expertise in producing impeccable Japanese dive watches and their efforts to conserve the precious marine environment. In contrast with the deep, dark blue dials in previous iterations of “Save The Ocean” models, Seiko incorporates a unique and incredibly attractive frosty colour scheme this time round, bringing the freshness of the chilly Arctic right to your wrist.
|Seiko Prospex “Save The Ocean Antarctica” Monster 200M Automatic Ref. SBDY105 / SRPG57
Seiko’s “Save The Ocean'' initiation set a stage for a family of timepieces incorporating beautiful ocean-inspired design motifs with capable ISO-certified diving prowess. Having a core emphasis on protecting the ocean, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each watch from this collection goes to The Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Centre (FCOLC), a non-profit organisation committed to marine research projects and preserving our planet’s precious waters and sea conservation organisations. Joining the collection, Seiko dropped their latest “Save The Ocean” special edition that showcases their impressive watchmaking prowess and an alluring dial design portraying elements of Antarctica.
Modelled after the highly-distinguished Seiko Monster, a mighty Seiko professional dive watch with a quirky nickname bestowed by Seiko fans for its aggressive style and bold appearance characterized by its sharp, bold lines, the Prospex “Save The Ocean Antarctica” Monster 200M Ref. SBDY105 boasts a robust brushed stainless steel case bearing the striking attributes of the classic Monster. Measuring with a case diameter of 42.2mm, a compact lug to lug distance of only 49.4mm and a thickness of 13.4mm, the rather short lug design provides an extremely pleasant fit even on smaller wrist sizes. For maximum comfort, the hefty screw-down crown is placed at the 4 o’clock position to prevent digging into the wrist.
|Impressive watchmaking prowess and an alluring dial design|
The aggressive styling on the Prospex “Save The Ocean Antarctica” Monster 200M Ref. SBDY105 carries through to its substantial 120-click unidirectional steel diving bezel, featuring an engraved 60-minute scale filled in contrasting black. As expected of Seiko’s dive watches, rotating the bezel feels truly satisfying with confident, crispy clicks. At the 12 o’clock position, the bezel houses a distinct luminous pip for underwater diving functions.
Like all the other “Save The Ocean” models from Seiko, the highlight of the Prospex “Save The Ocean Antarctica” Monster 200M Ref. SBDY105 rests in its beautiful ocean-centric dial design. Drawing inspiration from the landscape of Antarctica, the gradient blue textured dial presents a mesmerizing ice-like texture transitioning from aquamarine blue at the outer edges inwards to a pale glacial blue in the centre of the dial. On the left portion of the dial, subtle penguin footprints are embossed as a reminder to the wearer of the Antarctic species’ dwindling population.
|Iconic case design, water resistant to 200m|
It’s no secret that Seiko uses crazy good lume on their watches. The broad handsets and hour markers are treated with Seiko’s proprietary LumiBrite lume, glowing exceptionally bright in dark lighting conditions. On top of that, the dial is protected by Seiko’s proprietary Hardlex crystal equipped with a day and date magnifier (dubbed the ‘candy bar’ cyclops) at the 3 o’clock position. To complement the rugged style, the watch is accompanied with a Seiko Monster 20mm stainless steel bracelet, secured on the wrist with a tri-fold clasp and diving extension.
The Prospex “Save The Ocean Antarctica” Monster 200M Ref. SBDY105 is driven by the Seiko in-house caliber 4R36 automatic movement, a notable upgrade from the previous caliber 7S family of movements that were lacking in handwinding and hacking capabilities. This 24 jewel movement features a healthy power reserve of approximately 41 hours and beats at a rate of 21,600 beats per hour. Widely recognized as one of a ‘workhorse’ movement, the 4R36 boasts remarkable robustness from the proprietary Diashock anti-shock system and has a reputation to run reliably for an extended period of time without a service.
Seiko's LumiBrite Luminous
Seiko has continually impressed us with what they are offering with their breathtaking “Save The Ocean” collection, producing impressive dive watches made with such a high level of detail and quality we’ve come to know from the Japanese watch manufacturer. This latest inclusion to the line up embraces some revitalizing changes in comparison with previous releases, showcasing an Antarctica-inspired dial that brings a peculiar design. Without a doubt, this is one fantastic release that not only looks visually attractive, but also plays a part to raise awareness to our valuable marine environment.