2023 Seiko Prospex 'Astrolabe' Limited Edition SLA065J1
Ref: SLA065J1 (8L35-01R0)

2023 Seiko Prospex 'Astrolabe' Limited Edition SLA065J1
2023 Seiko Prospex 'Astrolabe' Limited Edition SLA065J1
2023 Seiko Prospex 'Astrolabe' Limited Edition SLA065J1
2023 Seiko Prospex 'Astrolabe' Limited Edition SLA065J1
2023 Seiko Prospex 'Astrolabe' Limited Edition SLA065J1
2023 Seiko Prospex 'Astrolabe' Limited Edition SLA065J1
2023 Seiko Prospex 'Astrolabe' Limited Edition SLA065J1
2023 Seiko Prospex 'Astrolabe' Limited Edition SLA065J1
2023 Seiko Prospex 'Astrolabe' Limited Edition SLA065J1
Regular price
Sold
Sale price
$1,930.00
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Specification

Reference : SLA065J1 (8L35-01R0)
Movement : Automatic Seiko Cal. 8L35
Age : 2021/2030
Specific Age : January 2023
Case Size : 41mm
Case Thickness : 13mm
Lug to Lug : 47mm
Lugs : 
20mm
Condition :
 Pre-Owned
Box & Papers :
 Box & Papers
Case Material :
 Stainless Steel
Warranty :
 Manufacturers Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 6.5inch


Points of Mention

This watch is sold with its original Seiko box and paperwork. The watch comes paired with its original Seiko 20mm blue silicone strap with a signed buckle. The watch is from January 2023 and is sold in worn but fair condition as you can see, likely worn a handful of times at most. The watch comes with its original Manufacturer's Warranty.

For more photos see here - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19BBhwaFR7XT91DIg2mYEZkQ4d00xITs0?usp=share_link


The Watch

Here we have a 2023 Seiko Prospex 'Astrolabe' SLA065J1 Limited Edition of 1300 pieces, as part of their “Save the Oceans” line of dive watches that help to fund global conservation and the removal of damaging rubbish from our oceans. The 41mm stainless steel case protected by a Seiko proprietary Super hard coating curves in all the right places towards the drilled lugs, taking its inspiration from the original 1965 62MAS which was worn by the members of the Japanese Antarctic Expedition between 1966 and 1969. A lug-to-lug length of 47mm and a case thickness of 13mm give the watch an impressive wrist presence, Zaratsu polished bevel-edge transitions perfectly along the flanks of the case, the same master polishing is applied to the unidirectional bezel, and a blue 60-minute insert has deeply engraved numerals and baton markers holding a double-domed sapphire crystal above a deep blue patterned dial. An outer minute chapter ring is precisely executed with applied baton indexes coated in LumiBrite marking the hours, at 3 o’clock a date window. The pattern on the dial resembles an ancient “Astrolabe” once used to show the positions of the sun and stars to enable sailors to measure latitude and time to help them navigate the world's oceans. Thick steel sword hands are infilled with LumiBrite and complemented by a counterweighted sweeping second-hand, and at 12 o’clock we have the Seiko motif and at 6 o’clock the Prospex logo “Automatic Divers 200m” is printed underneath completing this professional dive tool watch. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with the Seiko Tsunami embossed in the centre, inside an automatic Seiko Cal. 8L35, 26 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour, based on the Grand Seiko calibre 9S55, hand-assembled at their Shizuku-ishi Watch Studio in Morioka, Japan. The watch comes fitted on its Seiko 20mm blue silicone strap with a signed buckle and the watch comes with its Seiko presentation box and paperwork.


Personal Note

The dial on this watch is truly fascinating and looks fantastic, connected directly to the watch's nickname "Astrolabe" which was an "ancient astronomical instrument that was a handheld model of the universe" - Yes, researching this took me down a rabbit hole! So pick up this watch with a nice discount on RRP and enjoy wearing it and going down your own rabbit hole researching the Astrolabe!


The Brand

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.