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The Seiko Prospex Turtle 200M Automatic Black/Blue Ref. SBDY013 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 SBDY013 are so popular among Seiko and dive watch collectors.
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 SBDY013 is similar to its sibling the SRPC25J1 but not without a subtle difference. The SBDY013 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.
|Prospex Turtle 200M Automatic Black/Blue Ref. SBDY013|
The Seiko Prospex Turtle 200M Automatic Black/Blue Ref. SBDY013 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.
|JDM with Kanji Date|
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.
The highlight of the Prospex Turtle 200M Automatic Black/Blue Ref. SBDY013 has got to be the dial. The most prominent being the blue-to-black sunburst dial. The middle of the dial is an indigo blue and gradually transitions into a deep black towards the edge. 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 Turtle 200M Automatic Black/Blue Ref. SBDY013 comes with a matching satin brushed stainless steel bracelet with polished connecting links.
The Seiko Prospex Turtle 200M Automatic Black/Blue Ref. SBDY013 is probably one of the more exiciting 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.
|Difference between SBDY013, SRPC25J1, SRPC25K1|
|Availability||Only in Japan (JDM)||International||International|
|Dial Text at 6||"Made In Japan"||"Made In Japan"||No Prefix|
|Day Language||Kanji / English||Arabic / English||Roman / English|
|Papers & Tag||Japanese||International||International|
|Box||JDM Box||Regular Box||Regular Box|