Baselworld 2017 – The Eagerly Awaited Seiko 62Mas Reissue SBDX019 (SLA017) Prospex Diver
The Seiko 62Mas Reissue SBDX019 (SLA017)
For Baselworld 2017, Seiko indeed reedits the 62Mas in an extremely faithful way – at least visually – with the ref. SBDX019 (SLA017). Let’s get straight to the point: this new watch is simply great. First of all, it features a relatively small case (39.9mm diameter x 14.1mm height), which changes from the usual 44mm or plus of Seiko’s professional dive watches. Clearly, the vintage intention is well present. Then, the case itself is a perfect reinterpretation of the old 62Mas, with the exact (and really exact) same shape and finish: integrated and angular lugs, large unprotected crown, circular brushing on all flat surfaces. Everything is there.
Then, the dial and the bezel of this Seiko 62Mas Reissue SBDX019 (SLA017) are also extremely faithful to the 1965 version: same 3D embossed rectangular indexes (made in the same way as the old version), with large dimensions and a lot of luminous paint for night readability, same straight hands, same date window circled by a metallic ring (to match with the indexes… Seiko already had the sense of design, by integrating the date in a stylish way), the same kind of inscriptions on the dial. Even the “Diashock” mention is here. The narrow bezel, now unidirectional of course, retains the same slim profile and identical markers, numerals and dots. Visually, the resemblance between this new Seiko 62Mas Reissue SBDX019 (SLA017) and its ancestor is simply baffling.
Yet, this Seiko 62Mas Reissue SBDX019 (SLA017) makes some concessions to modernity, but only where it’s necessary. First of all, it now meets with the Prospex standards. Then, modern construction obliges, it can now withstand a pressure of 20 bars (equivalent to a 200m water resistance). In the same vein, the Plexiglas crystal has been replaced by a modern and scratch-resistant sapphire, yet with a vintage box-shaped profile (recalling the domed-shape of the vintage Plexiglas).
Finally, the watch is equipped with a high-end Seiko movement, calibre 8L35, which was specially designed for dive watches and is made by Seiko’s skilled craftsmen and women in the Shizuku-ishi Watch Studio in Morioka in the north of Japan – we’re not talking about an entry-level movement here, not at all. This movement is based on the architecture of the Grand Seiko 9S55, is finished in a very pleasant way, boasts 50h of power reserve, beats faster than standard Seiko movements (28,800 vibrations per hour) and is hand-assembled and hand-adjusted (rated to -10/+15 sec/day).
It is delivered on an also faithful rubber strap, with the same diamond-like pattern as some editions of the old Seiko 62Mas. A stainless steel bracelet is also included in the box.
Now come the bad news… Two of them actually. First thing to know is that you’ll need to be fast to get your hands on one, as only 2,000 pieces of this Seiko 62Mas Reissue SBDX019 (SLA017) will be produced (available in July 2017).
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|GLASS MATERIAL||Box-shaped sapphire crystal|
|GLASS COATING||Anti-reflective coating|
|WATER RESISTANCE||200m diver’s|
|FEATURES||Power reserve: 50 hours
28,800 vibrations per hour
Screw case back
A stainless steel bracelet is included
Limited Edition of 2,000 pcs