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Prospex "Save The Ocean Great White Shark Edition" King Turtle 200M Automatic Ref. SBDY047

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Prospex "Save The Ocean Great White Shark Edition" King Turtle 200M Automatic Ref. SBDY047

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The Seiko Prospex "Save The Ocean Great White Shark Edition" King Turtle 200M Automatic Ref. SBDY047 is the latest addition to the "turtle" collection with several upgrades that has been longing by collectors and enthusiasts. 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 examples in the market, there are less than a dozen that are original. It is no wonder the new Prospex turtles are so popular among Seiko and dive watch collectors. And today we will dive into the details of the “crowned” Turtle Black that speaks of much refinement done to it.


Seiko Prospex “Save The Ocean Great White Shark Edition “ King Turtle 200M Automatic Ref. SBDY047

Before we get started, with much request since we introduced Seiko JDMs, we decided to bring in the MADE IN JAPAN Turtles meant for the Japanese Domestic Market, denoted by the "J" in the reference number and the "MADE IN JAPAN" at 6 on the dial. The Prospex SBDY047 is a never seen before design within its turtle shell. The SBDY047 is a JDM model made available only in Japan. And comes with a selectable choice of English or Kanji date. The difference might be subtle but this means a lot for Seiko collectors.

As suggested by the name of this special edition, Seiko with their Save the Ocean initiative, partnering with undisputed underwater explorer/ conservationist Fabien Cousteau ( just like his grandfather, the legendary Jacques-Yves Cousteau), together with their own Seiko Prospex. This initiative aims at raising awareness for marine conservation; therefore, the nautical/oceanic theme is at center stage.

The Seiko Prospex "Save The Ocean Great White Shark Edition" King Turtle 200M Automatic Ref. SBDY047 was released in 2020. 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.


A shark fin lurking in the waves around the 8 o’clock position

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 one of the first to introduced a blue ceramic insert with the evergreen Seiko’s large printed markings on it in slight creamy colour. Now that the bezel’s grooves gets more angular and distinct, it allows better grip and rotates buttery smooth into 120 positions has little to no free play in a clockwise direction. Sitting atop of the bezel is Seiko’s latest upgrade; a flat sapphire crystal with the magnifying Cyclop for its day/date display.

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.


Mixture of case finishing for a premium feel

 The highlight of the Seiko Prospex "Save The Ocean Great White Shark Edition" King Turtle 200M Automatic Ref. SBDY047 has got to be the textured dial. The most prominent being the nautical inspired dial. Seiko has created a whole new dial pattern on this model recalling the wave motion just like the “great wave off Kanagawa” pictured by Hokusai.  As the name is Great White Shark for this collection, the hint of any Shark is harder to spot, but once you do, you will not be able to miss it. A Shark fin can be seen lurking in the waves around the 8 o’clock position on the dial. Seiko knows how to be subtle on their design while still able to pay tribute to the vulnerable Chondrichthyes sea creature.

Seiko Prospex "Save The Ocean Great White Shark Edition" King Turtle 200M Automatic Ref. SBDY047 comes with a matching black silicon rubber strap that keeps the hype.


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In all, Seiko Prospex "Save The Ocean Great White Shark Edition" King Turtle 200M Automatic Ref. SBDY047 is probably one of the more exciting dive watch remakes from Seiko in recent years. 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. The unique customized design based on the initiative serves as an essential factor that your purchase of one is actively supporting the awareness, research, and conservation of these sea creatures.

Specifications

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Maker
Seiko Japan
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Movement
Caliber 4R36. Seiko Automatic.
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Accuracy range
-35/+45 sec per day
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Dial
Oceanic wavelines textured with applied markers
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Luminous
Lumibrite
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Case
Stainless steel case
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Bezel
120 clicks. Unidirectional. Ceramic
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Crown type
Screwdown
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Lug width
22mm
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Crystal material
Sapphire with anti-reflective coating on inside
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Strap
Black Accordion-style silicone strap
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Water resistance
200m
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Dimensions
45mm in diameter, 47.7mm lug to lug, 13mm thick