Seiko has a long and storied history in the development of dive watches, beginning with its release of the first Japanese-made one in 1965. Since then, the brand has achieved numerous other milestones in quick succession, including the world’s first professional dive watch (for saturation diving) in titanium and the world’s first computerized diver’s watch. Today, Seiko’s line-up of dive watches runs the gamut from robust, reliable timepieces for professionals working in the harshest environments, to fashion-forward ones that nonetheless are still fully capable of probing the ocean’s depths. The brand continues to push the boundaries by developing this product segment with regular new releases, of course, with the latest being the Prospex “Hawksbill Turtle” Limited Edition (ref. SPB192J1).
The turtle has long been a symbol of longevity and good luck in Japanese culture, while its carapace is also universally recognised for its strength and resilience. Ref. SPB192J1 shares these qualities, from its workhorse 6R35 automatic movement with handwinding function to its bold 45-millimetre case, which has a 200-metre water resistance. The parallels with the eponymous hawksbill turtle, meanwhile, are seen in the design details of the watch. The three link bracelet, for instance, recalls the arrangement of plates that comprise the turtle’s carapace. Meanwhile, the timepiece’s dial, inner flange, and bezel are rendered in blacks and browns that are reminiscent of the hawksbill turtle’s colours. Completing the package is the dial’s wavy pattern – it doesn’t just reflect the hawksbill turtle’s marine environment, but also the timepiece’s intended usage as a dive watch.
Just 1,200 pieces of the Prospex “Hawksbill Turtle” Limited Edition will be produced, and this watch will be sold exclusively in Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, and Brunei. You can find this timepiece at Seiko boutiques and authorised dealers in Singapore.