Seikos history began in 1881 when Kintaro Hattori established the K. Hattori retail and repair store. In 1892 Seikosha was established making wall clocks. 1895 saw the production of their first pocket watch. 1913 saw the launch of their first wristwatch, the Laurel. In 1924 the first Seiko was manufactured. Daini Seikosha (now Seiko Instruments Inc.) was established in 1937. Seiko was listed on the Tokyo stock exchange in 1949. The Suwa factory became independent and formed Suwa Seikosha Co., Ltd. (now Seiko Epson Corporation in 1959). In 1956 Seiko launched Marvel as their first true in-house-made watch; they continued to make this watch until 1959. Japan’s first chronograph watch was introduced for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics; it was called the Seiko Crown Chronograph mono-pusher. Not stopping there Seiko launched Japan's first true divers watch the Seiko Diver’s 150M fitted with the automatic Caliber 6217 which later was given the nickname “62MAS” by collectors. The company name was changed to the Seiko Corporation in 1990. Innovation at Seiko continues today with GPS Solar watches.
Our 2020 Seiko Prospex Divers "62MAS" SPB147J1 was introduced to celebrate 55 years since they created their first “62MAS” ref: 6217-8000 in 1965. A modern interpretation of this classic divers watch. The 40.5mm stainless steel case curves in all the right places. Coated in DiaShield, a Seiko proprietary material, gives the watch resilience to scratches and scuffs. Satin brushed and polished surfaces transition with crisp edges. Flat-ended lugs with a lug to lug length of 47mm and a case thickness of 13.5mm give the watch an impressive wrist presence. On the right side is a screw-down crown. The unidirectional bezel has a striking 60-minute matte insert with cream numerals coated in a hardened material. A flat sapphire crystal sits above the dark brown dial. An outer minute track with gilt accents adds a pop of colour. Applied pillows of LumiBrite mark the hours. At 3 o’clock a framed date window. Broad gilt sword hands with LumiBrite infill are complemented by a gilt sweeping second hand with a rectangular counterbalance. Text is precisely printed. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with the Seiko Tsunami in the center. Inside an Automatic Seiko 6R35, 24 jewels, 21,600 beats per hour. The watch comes fitted on its original Seiko 20mm silicone strap with a signed buckle. Comes with its Seiko presentation box and papers.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Seiko box and paperwork. The watch comes paired with its original Seiko Silicone strap. The watch is from September 2020 and is sold in worn but fair condition as you can see, likely worn a handful of times at most. The watch comes with our 12-month Warranty.