Today we are introducing some new models from one of our favourite brands, Seiko. This time we are focusing on the new range of divers watches which have been produced in association with PADI. We will be looking at the SPRA21K1 and the SUN065, both from the Prospex range.
PADI are the worlds leading scuba diving training centre, with over 6,300 centres and resorts worldwide. They train the vast majority of people looking to attain a divers certificate, and today there are around 136,000 individual PADI certified professionals.
PADI themselves are also associated with Project Aware. A global movement for divers protecting the ocean. Project Aware do some amazing work, and empowers thousands of divers all over the world to work together for clean and healthy oceans. Aiming to reduce the devastating impacts of Marine Debris and focusing on important issues of Sharks In Peril.
Seiko launched their first divers watch in 1965. Built in Japan it was water resistant to an impressive 150m. The watch went on to be used by the 8th Antarctic Wintering team in 1966-68. After being approached by a professional diver in 1968 who described the stressful conditions divers watches had to endure, Seiko put in 7 years of research and produced the worlds first dive watch that would endure 600m! This in turn set the new standard for divers watches. Since then Seiko have consistently pushed the boundaries in watch technology and they are no different today.
Back to the new models, The automatic PADI divers watch is a throwback to some of the more collectable divers watches that Seiko have produced over the years. The SPRA21K1 boasts he classic cushion shaped stainless steel case, which has been nicknamed the 'Turtle', and its not hard to see why! The case itself measures 45mm, and has a well finished stainless steel link bracelet, three-fold and secure lock clasp with extender. The eye-catching blue and red bezel is also the colours of the PADI logo as well as being nice to look at. The dial design has just one objective, to be as legible as possible, even in deep ocean depths where sunlight does not penetrate. The large hour markers have Seiko's LumiBrite coating to allow maximum luminescence. The movement produces 21,600 vibrations per hour, 6 beats per second. The high number of vibrations means there is a high resistance to outside impact, resulting in more accurate timekeeping. The 24 jewel movement has a power reserve of 41 hours. You can purchase one here.
The other new watch released is the kinetic GMT Divers watch, SUN065. This has a brushed 47.5mm stainless steel case and a silicone strap. This watch also has deep grooves in the bezel, which allows is to be moved easily, even while wearing diving gloves. It has a kinetic movement which Seiko first produced in 1992, and since then have spent year perfecting it. Due to their forward thinking and constant technological advances the SUN065 is accurate to +/- 15 seconds per month. This model also has a GMT function, with easy hour hand adjustment. The watch can be set easily to show duel times on the same watch, ideal for traveling. You can purchase one here.
SPRA21K1 and SUN065 are both special editions, so although not limited they may well be very collectable one day. If Seiko's history is anything to go by these are definitely one to keep an eye on!
These are been designed with Divers in mind, and so even though they are widely praised in the diving industry these are also comfortable and stylish enough for everyday wear. In or out the water. These are not the only dive watches we have, you can view the others we have by clicking here.
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