Seikos history began in 1881 when Kintaro Hattori established the K. Hattori retail and repair store. In 1892 Seikosha was established to make 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 monopusher. 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.
This 2020 Seiko Prospex Divers "62MAS" SPB147J1 is a modern reinterpretation of their very first professional dive watch, the 62MAS. 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. The drilled lugs have a lug to lug length of 47mm and a thickness of 13.5mm giving the watch an impressive wrist presence. Satin brushed and polished shoulders transition with crisp lines. On the right side is a screw-down crown. A unidirectional bezel has a striking 60-minute black insert coated in a proprietary hardened material. A flat sapphire crystal sits above the striking brown/copper tone dial. An outer minute track with gilt accents. Applied pillows of LumiBrite and gilt-edged indexes mark the hours. At 3 o’clock a framed date window. Broad gilt-edged sword hands with LumiBrite infill are complemented by a gilt-edged sweeping second hand. Text is precisely printed in gilt matching the indexes and hands. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with the Seiko Tsunami in the centre. Inside an Automatic Seiko 6R35, 24 jewels, 21,600 beats per hour. The watch comes fitted on its original Seiko 20mm rubber strap with a signed buckle and comes with its Seiko presentation box and papers.
This has to be one of my favourite from this SPB range in the "62MAS" styling, Seiko has really nailed this release and design for the money, no questions about it! The only thing I'd add is a bracelet and you have a contender to any sub £1,500 Swiss diver in my opinion!