Saturday, March 21, 2015

Seiko Prospex Marinemaster Collection - The Marinemaster Professional 1000m Diver’s & The Marinemaster Professional 1000m Hi-Beat 36000 Limited Edition

It was in 1965 that Seiko made its first ever diver’s watch. Half a century on, the list of Seiko’s achievements in this most challenging of arenas for watchmakers is long and distinguished. From the first use of a titanium case for a diver’s watch to the invention of the accordion-style strap and the two layer case to the design of dial markers and hands of unparalleled legibility, Seiko has been a pioneer in the field, and we are proud that the ISO 6425 standard was developed with Seiko’s own standard as its base. Today, Seiko’s diver’s watches are the world’s benchmark for excellence.

The Marinemaster series has long been renowned for the security and precision that the professional diver requires. Two new timepieces in the Marinemaster series embody the very best of Seiko’s 50 years of experience in serving the needs of divers and once again push back the boundaries of diver’s watch technology.

The Marinemaster Professional 1000m Diver’s (Ref. RLS1503-03)
Like its 1975 predecessor, the new Marinemaster Professional 1000m Diver's has the two-layer case construction that is now the trademark of Seiko’s professional diver’s watches. Thanks to the strength of the inner case structure, the specially designed L-shaped gasket and the screw-down glass fixing ring, the watch is effectively impermeable to helium and can be safely used for saturation diving to great depths. The use of ceramic for the outer shell enhances shock resistance and also prevents any unintentional rotation of the bezel. In September 2014, Seiko professional diver’s watches of the same case construction were subjected to the most extreme test imaginable. Affixed to the exterior hull of KAIKO 7000 II, a remotely operated undersea research vehicle, they performed perfectly down to a depth of 3,000m.
This new creation incorporates a mechanical caliber specially adjusted for a diver’s watch. The movement is caliber 8L 35 and it is made and assembled, as is the complete watch, by Seiko’s leading craftsmen at the Shizuku-ishi Watch Studio. The hands and markers are coated with a new version of Seiko’s Lumibrite, which glows for 60% longer than in the past. The strap is made of extra-strength silicone for greater durability.

Technical details
Model: Marinemaster Professional 1000m Diver’s

Movement
Caliber 8L35
Driving system: Automatic with manual-winding mechanism
Vibration: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Power reserve: Approximately 50 hours
Number of jewels: 26 jewels

Case
Titanium with rose-gold color and black hard coating and ceramic case
One-piece case structure (no-case-back construction)
Sapphire crystal with anti-fogging coating
Screw-down crown
Water resistance 1,000m for saturation diving. Magnetic resistance 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 48.2mm, Thickness: 17.4mm

Band
Extra-strength silicone strap

Price
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 3,450

The Marinemaster Professional 1000m Hi-Beat 36000 Limited Edition (Ref. RLS1503-03)
This is a diver’s watch worthy of a fifty year anniversary. Its design echoes that of Seiko’s very first hi-beat diver’s watch from the 1960’s, but its specifications are the most advanced in the field. It has a one-piece titanium case and, thanks to this, the L-shaped gasket and other features, it is impermeable to helium and suitable for saturation diving. The rotating bezel is securely fixed to the case with four screws next to the 12 and 6 o’clock positions.
It has the new Lumibrite for enhanced legibility. The 8L55 movement is specially optimized and adapted for use in a diver’s watch with this structure. This caliber beats at 36,000 vibrations per hour and has a power reserve of 55 hours, and it is also assembled by Seiko’s leading craftsmen at the Shizuku-ishi Watch studio. Each watch comes with both a titanium bracelet with extender, and a black extra-strength silicone strap. Offered in a special presentation box, just 700 pieces will be made, each with its own serial number.

Technical details
Model: Marinemaster Professional 1,000m Diver’s Hi-Beat Limited Edition

Movement
Caliber 8L55
Driving system: Automatic with manual-winding mechanism
Vibration: 36,000 vibrations per hour (10 beats per second)
Power reserve: Approximately 55 hours
Number of jewels: 37 jewels

Case
Titanium case with super-hard coating
One-piece case structure (no-case-back construction)
Sapphire crystal with anti-fogging coating
Screw-down crown
Water resistance 1,000m for saturation diving. Magnetic resistance 16,000 A/m
Diameter: 48.2mm, Thickness: 19.7mm

Band
Titanium with super-hard coating, three-fold clasp with push button release with secure lock and slide adjuster
A black extra-strength silicone strap is included.

Price
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 6,400

Edition
Limited Edition of 700 pcs

Prospex Kinetic GMT for land sports
Launched internationally at Baselworld 2014, Prospex has already taken its place at the very center of Seiko’s collection. Prospex offers a range of watches that meet the challenge of delivering precision and reliability in even the most adverse conditions. Prospex is built to perform and built to endure the stresses of sports in the sea, in the air and, new for 2015, on land. The new land sports model is perfect for mountaineering and adventuring of all kinds. The Kinetic GMT movement offers one-second-a-day precision and the security of never needing a battery change. The cushion-shaped case is robust and allows for easy use of the rotating bezel, which carries a compass for secure and rapid orientation.

Technical details
Model: Prospex Kinetic GMT for land sports (Ref. RLS1503-03)

Movement
Caliber 5M85, Kinetic GMT
Powered by the movement of your body
Power reserve: Approximately 6 months
Power reserve indication at the press of a button
GMT hand with easy hour hand adjustment function
Instant-start function
Accuracy: +/-15 seconds per month (at temperatures between 5℃and 35℃)

Case
Stainless steel case with black hard coating
Screw see-through case back, Screw-down crown
Water resistance 10 Bar
Diameter: 45.6mm

Band
Stainless steel, three-fold clasp with push button release with secure lock

Price
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 410

The history of Seiko diver’s watches
  • 1965: Japan's first diver's watch: It was automatic and 150m water resistant. The following year, the watch proved its reliability and precision in the 8th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition.
  • 1968: The 10-beat high precision diver's watch. The watch housed a hi-beat 36000 vph caliber. It was automatic with a manual winding mechanism. 300m
  • 1975: Professional diver’s 600m, the world’s first diver’s watch with a titanium case. Inventions made for this watch included the two-layer case construction, the accordion-style strap and a new gasket shape and material to meet the requirement of the professional divers using the saturation diving method. Over 20 patents were granted to this world-leading timepiece.
  • 1978: Professional diver’s 600m, the world’s first saturation diving watch featuring a quartz movement. In 1983, it performed perfectly at 1,062m below the surface aboard the Japanese Manned Research Submersible “Shinkai 2000.”
  • 1986: Professional diver’s 1000m with a ceramic outer case. The water resistance was enhanced to 1,000m. Quartz movement.
  • 1990: The world's first computerized diver's watchSeiko's mastery of electronic watchmaking and long experience in diver’s watches allowed the creation of this watch with a depth sensor. It displayed diving time and depth and other information vital for divers. 200m
  • 1992: The world’s first Kinetic diver’s watch. Powered by the wearer’s movement, this watch delivered the high precision of quartz and provided extra security for the diver as no battery change was needed. 200m
  • 1995: The world’s first diver’s with fully automatic measurement of diving data with analogue depth sensor. This watch automatically started to calculate dive information as soon as it sensed water pressure. 200m
  • 2000: The world’s first Nitrox multi-level diving computer watch. This watch calculated and displayed a diving profile by recording the changes in the diver’s depth from moment to moment. It was suitable for both normal and Nitrox diving. 100m
  • 2005: The world’s first Spring Drive diver’s watch . Seiko’s unique Spring Drive caliber delivers one-second-a-day accuracy powered by a mainspring. 600m

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