Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Seiko box and Seiko paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original Seiko bracelet with a signed Seiko clasp, also with a green Seiko rubber and brown cut Crafter Blue strap. The watch is from July 2021 and is sold in worn condition, but overall very fair condition as you can see. The watch comes with the remainder of its Manufacturer's Warranty.
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 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.
Here we have a 2021 Seiko Prospex Green Limited Edition SLA047J1 that celebrates Seiko's 140th Anniversary of watchmaking and is a modern reinterpretation of their very first dive watch, the 62MAS. The 44mm stainless steel case curves over your wrist with bevel-edged lugs. A lug to lug length of 50mm and a case thickness of 15mm give the watch an impressive wrist presence. Polished edges and brushed surfaces transition with crisp lines. The case is treated to Seiko's Dia-Shield, hardening, a super-hard, scratch-resistant coating. At 4 o’clock a signed screw-down crown. A 120-click unidirectional dive bezel with a black ceramic insert has deep knurling for increased grip. A slightly domed sapphire crystal AR coated on the inside sits above a matte deep green dial. Large applied disc and baton indexes are coated in Seiko LumiBrite for a bright luminance when fully charged. At 3 o’clock a date window. Broad baton hands have LumiBrite infill. The second hand has a counterweight filled with LumiBrite. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with the Seiko Tsunami in the center. Inside an Automatic Seiko Cal. 8L35, 26 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. Based on the Grand Seiko caliber 9S55 assembled by hand at Shizuku-Ishi Watch Studio in Morioka. The watch comes fitted on a Seiko 20mm stainless steel bracelet with solid end links, a signed tri-fold push-button release, and a dive extension. The watch also comes with its Seiko presentation box and papers.
I'm excited to be dedicating an entire drop to Seiko, but not just any Seiko, some of the very top end of what Seiko can offer, with finishing and movements on par with Grand Seiko. Who doesn't like green? Especially when it is done this well, the dial plays with the light and appears black in some and this deep forest green in others, all the while contrasting against the deep black bezel. This one to see in the metal and you'll understand why this is worth every penny of the price.