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    Every New Prospex from Baselworld 2019



    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.

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    Re: Every New Prospex from Baselworld 2019

    You coulda added all the new Presages here too.

    Wouldn't have added appreciable length....


    Yeah, I'm somewhat annoyed they haven't started using the 6L movement more, but perhaps they're just focusing elsewhere for now. They do tend to release at different times, not just Baselworld.
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    Re: Every New Prospex from Baselworld 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by gangrel View Post
    You coulda added all the new Presages here too.

    Wouldn't have added appreciable length....


    Yeah, I'm somewhat annoyed they haven't started using the 6L movement more, but perhaps they're just focusing elsewhere for now. They do tend to release at different times, not just Baselworld.
    I know what you mean, it's just that Prospex and Presage are so different that I think they deserve their own threads. If I put the Presage in the Prospex thread, I worry that people will just overlook it, which would be a shame because the two new models are absolutely beautiful.

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    Re: Every New Prospex from Baselworld 2019

    I've always been a fan of Seiko, but since I bit the bullet a month ago and bought a Sumo after 6 years lusting after one, I find myself not connecting with anything else from the brand.

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    Re: Every New Prospex from Baselworld 2019

    Too big for me .... I’ll save more money I guess!
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    Re: Every New Prospex from Baselworld 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by 04325XI View Post
    I've always been a fan of Seiko, but since I bit the bullet a month ago and bought a Sumo after 6 years lusting after one, I find myself not connecting with anything else from the brand.

    I could bond with an SLA017, but it's too rich for my blood. Same goes for the SLA033.

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    They just priced themselves out of the market for a bit, I am afraid. Especially with the blessed "X" on the dial which has been seen on $300 watches. If Seiko is trying to position the Prospex line as their premium sport watches, then they need to make a much bigger separation in naming and dial from the run-of-the-mill 4R36 stuff.

    Starting with the Tunas, titanium stuff, MarineMasters, and up to these spring drive models (that are very nicely done, for the most part), there needs to be a separate section in the catalog with a separate name.

    When you're at that level, even with the benefits of the Seikos, a lot of people might just go to Omega or reach on up to Rolex unless they see "Grand Seiko" on the dial.
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    Re: Every New Prospex from Baselworld 2019

    I should have bought a SLA017 for $3k when I had the chance.
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    Re: Every New Prospex from Baselworld 2019

    I think MediumRB summed it up perfectly.
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    Re: Every New Prospex from Baselworld 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by MediumRB View Post
    I should have bought a SLA017 for $3k when I had the chance.
    So glad I sold this for 1600 bucks essentially brand new prior to it being discontinued




    Great move that was
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