Seiko Reimagines 1968 Dive Watch Produced For Antarctic Expedition

Seiko has produced two new limited editions based on an historic diver’s watch created for a Japanese Anarctic expedition team.

The watchmaker produced a 300m water resistant diver with a high-beat movement especially for members of the 8th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition in 1968.

Now the brand his revealed two new limited editions, dropping in January, based on that 1968 watch that will become part of its Prospex collection and will be worn by the 63rd Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition.


The watches both use Seiko’s Ever-Brilliant Steel, an alloy known for its extreme levels of resistance to corrosion, for their case, bezel and crown and are presented with both silicone and fabric weave straps.

The 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-Interpretation Limited Edition SLA055J1 is limited to just 600 pieces and builds on the original watch’s look with a bolder black and gold color palate, while the 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-Interpretation Save the Ocean Limited Edition SLA057J1 is limited to 1,300 pieces and adopts an icy blue tone and textured gradient dial, reflecting the polar ice of the Antarctic landscape. The Save the Ocean edition will benefit “several different marine conservation initiatives.”

Both watches drop in January priced $4,600 USD.

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