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    Seiko Prospex Basel 2017 - Seiko's First Dive Watch 62MAS SLA017 Limited Edition, SPB051 and SBP053

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    In 1965, Seiko released not only Seiko's first, but Japan's first ever diver's watch with the 6217, known as the 62MAS. It's 150 meter water resistance was something that was not common to find at that time and was even used by the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition from 1966-69. For Baselworld 2017, Seiko is celebrating this creation, with a remake very true to the original known as the SLA017 which will be limited to 2,000 pieces for the world.

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    The 62MAS was an inspirational piece for Seiko and watchmaking in general. It started a path that paved the way for countless new inventions and creations in dive watches that evolved tremendously over the years. The popularity of Seiko's dive watches increased, as did their presence in dive watches, some of which contributed to helping establish international ISO standards for dive watches based on some of Seiko's creations. Seiko's creating of the accordion style strap, use of titanium and extra wide hands are some of the items that helped contribute to setting these standards.

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    The SLA017 is a re-creation of the original 62MAS, utilizing the benefits of Seiko's watchmaking skills today. The case is near identical to the original, but 1.9mm larger, measuring at 39.6mm wide in stainless steel with Diashield hard coating added for higher scratch resistance. The thickness is measured at 14.1mm, partially due to it's deeply domed box-shaped high-definition sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. Re-creating this design was executed by award winning Seiko designer, Nobuhiro Kosugi, who also created models such as SBGR051, SBGJ005, and even the Credor Fugaku Tourbillion.

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    Three-dimensional hour markers filled with Seiko's proprietary Lumibrite luminous paint create high legibility in dark settings with a luminous dot at the 12:00 of the slim design bezel. The dial will be a radially finished dark gray marked for it's 200m water resistance (a slight increase compared to the original). Inside, the caliber 8L35, is manufactured, hand assembled and adjusted at Shizukuishi watch studio in Morioka, Japan, powers the timepiece. The 8L35's design is taken from Grand Seiko 9S55 movement (used from 1998-2010), with striping for finishing and MEMS manufactured escape wheel and pallet fork. The movement contains 26 jewels, has a rate of 28,800 bph and maintains a power reserve of 50 hours. The case back will feature the same dolphin depiction as on the original.

    The SLA017 will come on a silicone strap, but also included will be a stainless steel bracelet. This model will be released in July 2017 and the price is set at $3,400 in the USA.

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    Along with the introduction of the re-creation, two modern re-interpretation models will be launched. SPB051 will feature the most similar design to the 62MAS with black dial and bezel, though on a stainless steel bracelet. The SPB053 will have a blue dial and bezel and come on silicone strap. Both models will be in stainless steel cases that measure 42.6mm in diameter by 13.8mm thickness and have Diashield hard coating for increased scratch resistance. They will also have curved sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating, and inside, the 6R15 caliber will power the watch with 21,600 bph, 23 jewels and 50 hour power reserve.

    The SPB051 will have a price of $1,000 USD while the strap version SPB053 will have a price of $800 USD. Both models will be released this November in the USA.

    Specifications:

    SLA017
    Case: Stainless Steel with Hard Coating
    Diameter: 39.6mm
    Thickness: 14.1mm
    Water Resistance: 200 meters
    Magnetic Resistance: 4,800 A/m
    Caliber: 8L35
    Driving System: Self-Winding with Hand Wind Capability
    Accuracy: -10/+15 seconds per day (when static)
    Vibrations: 28,800 bph (8 beats per second)
    Power Reserve: 50 Hours
    Jewels: 26
    Other: Silicone Strap, Stainless Steel Bracelet Included
    Limited Edition: 2,000 pieces
    Price: $3,400 USD

    SPB051
    Case: Stainless Steel with Hard Coating
    Diameter: 42.6mm
    Thickness: 13.8mm
    Water Resistance: 200 meters
    Magnetic Resistance: 4,800 A/m
    Caliber: 6R15
    Driving System: Self-Winding with Hand Wind Capability
    Accuracy: -10/+15 seconds per day (when static)
    Vibrations: 21,600 bph (6 beats per second)
    Power Reserve: 50 Hours
    Jewels: 23
    Other: Stainless Steel Bracelet w/ Push Button Release Secure Lock and Extender
    Price: $1,000 USD

    SPB053
    Case: Stainless Steel with Hard Coating
    Diameter: 42.6mm
    Thickness: 13.8mm
    Water Resistance: 200 meters
    Magnetic Resistance: 4,800 A/m
    Caliber: 6R15
    Driving System: Self-Winding with Hand Wind Capability
    Accuracy: -10/+15 seconds per day (when static)
    Vibrations: 21,600 bph (6 beats per second)
    Power Reserve: 50 Hours
    Jewels: 23
    Other: Silicone Strap
    Price: $800 USD
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    Re: Seiko Prospex Basel 2017 - Seiko's First Dive Watch 62MAS SLA017 Limited Edition, SPB051 and SBP

    Thanks again Joe !!!

    But, why Seiko has to make the Reissue so thick ! I mean, the cheaper version is even thinner ! I do not understand Seiko at all. At 20ATM, there is no need for such a thick watch.

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    SLA017
    Case: Stainless Steel with Hard Coating
    Diameter: 39.6mm
    Thickness: 14.1mm
    Water Resistance: 200 meters
    Magnetic Resistance: 4,800 A/m
    Caliber: 8L35
    Driving System: Self-Winding with Hand Wind Capability
    Accuracy: -10/+15 seconds per day (when static)
    Vibrations: 28,800 bph (8 beats per second)
    Power Reserve: 50 Hours
    Jewels: 26
    Other: Silicone Strap, Stainless Steel Bracelet Included
    Limited Edition: 2,000 pieces
    Price: $3,400 USD

    SPB051
    Case: Stainless Steel with Hard Coating
    Diameter: 42.6mm
    Thickness: 13.8mm
    Water Resistance: 200 meters
    Magnetic Resistance: 4,800 A/m
    Caliber: 6R15
    Driving System: Self-Winding with Hand Wind Capability
    Accuracy: -10/+15 seconds per day (when static)
    Vibrations: 21,600 bph (6 beats per second)
    Power Reserve: 50 Hours
    Jewels: 23
    Other: Stainless Steel Bracelet w/ Push Button Release Secure Lock and Extender
    Price: $1,000 USD
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    Re: Seiko Prospex Basel 2017 - Seiko's First Dive Watch 62MAS SLA017 Limited Edition, SPB051 and SBP

    ^ Maybe the dome crystal is higher
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    Re: Seiko Prospex Basel 2017 - Seiko's First Dive Watch 62MAS SLA017 Limited Edition, SPB051 and SBP

    Beautiful and so disappointing: 40mm is wayyyy too big for a vintage feel.

    I'm out on this one

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    Re: Seiko Prospex Basel 2017 - Seiko's First Dive Watch 62MAS SLA017 Limited Edition, SPB051 and SBP

    Really like the SLA017 and I can see that being sold out fast. Price seems high but with a high quality movement and limited production run, I think it is reasonably priced.

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    Re: Seiko Prospex Basel 2017 - Seiko's First Dive Watch 62MAS SLA017 Limited Edition, SPB051 and SBP

    I like the modern interpretations. I'm also just glad there will be a readily available version in those modern styled ones.
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    Re: Seiko Prospex Basel 2017 - Seiko's First Dive Watch 62MAS SLA017 Limited Edition, SPB051 and SBP

    My pleasure! The thickness does include the box shaped sapphire, which is pretty deeply domed like the original. If it were flat, or even slight dome, it would probably be slightly less than the SPB version.

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    Thanks again Joe !!!

    But, why Seiko has to make the Reissue so thick ! I mean, the cheaper version is even thinner ! I do not understand Seiko at all. At 20ATM, there is no need for such a thick watch.

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    Re: Seiko Prospex Basel 2017 - Seiko's First Dive Watch 62MAS SLA017 Limited Edition, SPB051 and SBP

    Quote Originally Posted by akafudge View Post
    Really like the SLA017 and I can see that being sold out fast. Price seems high but with a high quality movement and limited production run, I think it is reasonably priced.

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    I can see that too. I know I have heard some say that the price is too high compared to the SBDX017, but the strap and bracelet combo, box shaped sapphire (which is expensive to do and typically just in GS), entirely new and re-created case, dial hands, indices, etc contribute. It's an $800 difference, which I do not think is that dramatic for the differences.
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    Re: Seiko Prospex Basel 2017 - Seiko's First Dive Watch 62MAS SLA017 Limited Edition, SPB051 and SBP

    This has become my favorite 2017 seiko offering. Sad it's an LE.


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    This is a beauty! Anyone know the lug width of the reedition? There are SO many reissues of watches this year it's quite amazing.
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