Seiko is thought for presenting many new fashions all year long, typically in particular or restricted collection. A part of the Prospex assortment of watches, this new watch honours Naomi Uemura, the extremely regarded Japanese mountaineer and adventurer. It’s not the primary mannequin devoted to his achievements, as the Tribute to Naomi Uemura SLA049 and SLA051 have been launched in 2021, all based mostly on the diver from 1970 worn by the person that lends his title to those watches. Now, Seiko returns to this theme with the Prospex 1970 Diver’s SLA069.
Naomi Uemura famously climbed Mont Blanc, Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Aconcagua, Mt Everest and Denali (often known as Mt McKinley) inside a span of 4 years, turning into the primary mountaineer to succeed in the highest of those 5 summits. He additionally made a solo canine sledge run from Greenland to Alaska, which took 18 months to finish. He wore a Seventies diver watch by Seiko throughout this journey. Mr Uemura tragically disappeared on the descent of the Denali climb within the winter of 1984 and was by no means discovered.
The 44mm broad and 13mm thick chrome steel case of the SLA069 has the acquainted Turtle design of the earlier fashions, with its signature crown guard protruding from the underside proper lug. The bezel and off-centred crown are blue, giving it a really distinct look. The metallic insert is completed in black so as to add but extra distinction in opposition to the blue and silver tones of the remainder of the case.
The snow-white dial is constructed utilizing totally different etching strategies to create a novel texture and imagery. The silhouette of the Mont Blanc mountain vary will be seen coming via the snow-like texture. The massive utilized numerals and sword-shaped palms are completed with LumiBrite, with the seconds hand displaying the acquainted paddle-shaped tip. A window at 04:30 reveals the date beneath.
Contained in the case, we once more discover the calibre 8L35 automated, additionally utilized in earlier 1970 Trendy Re-Interpretation references. This has a frequency of 28,800vph, makes use of 26 jewels and has a working time of fifty hours. It’s regulated to run inside +15 to -10 seconds of deviation per day. It’s hidden from view behind a stable caseback, which together with the screw-down crown, ensures the water-resistance of 200m.
The brand new Seiko Prospex 1970 Diver’s Trendy Re-Interpretation Naomi Uemura SLA069 comes on a five-link chrome steel bracelet with brushed large hyperlinks and polished slender hyperlinks in between. It’s fitted with a triple-folding buckle that features a diver’s extension. It’s restricted to 500 items and can be obtainable from Might 2023 onwards at Seiko Boutiques and chosen retailers for EUR 3,000.
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