Prospex focused on solidifying their high-end tool watches in 2019, perhaps occupying the space that Grand Seiko normally does while GS is pursuing gold and platinum models. The lineup for this year can be basically simplified into one collection, the new LX line, and a very special new limited edition. We'll start with the LX models.
The LX collection's name apparently derives from the Latin word "lux," or light. It contains six watches, grouped in three ways: land, sea or sky. Here we see the two new land models, the SNR025 and SNR027. You can identify the land models by their compass bezels. The 027 has a black super-hard coating over the titanium. These two models are $5,000 each.
They, like the rest of the LX line, are powered by GS-derived spring drive movements, hence the GS-like pricing. The two above are the sea line, and likely to be the most popular, specifically the SNR029 and SNR031. There are myriad changes in the dial, but the biggest change is, of course, the unidirectional bezel. These two are the most expensive of the LX line, at $6,000.
Finally, at least for LX, we look at the models developed for the sky, the SNR033 and SNR035. These are distinguished by their 24 hour bidirectional bezels, but more importantly by the fact that these have GMT hands. These are priced in between the others at $5,500.
From a price perspective, I suppose the question is whether you see these as expensive Prospexes, or conversely, much more affordable Grand Seiko SBGA231s. When compared to the latter, which has a virtually identical movement and a similar titanium case, they're all over a thousand dollars more affordable, and in some cases, two thousand.
Perhaps the bigger news is the new SLA033, a recreation of the classic 6105 "Willard." This iconic diving watch has been subtly updated with modern touches, like an 8L35 movement.
The super-hard coated steel case is nearly identical to the original, although it's said to be slightly larger at 45mm.
Of course, the biggest update over the original is that GS-derived 8L35 movement.
Priced at $4,250, just 2,500 will be made. Click here to pre-order yours.