Seiko Prospex The 1978 Saturation Divers Watch Review

Seiko Prospex The 1978 Saturation Divers Watch Review

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the brand’s invention of the world’s first professional quartz divers watch, Seiko have released this stunning Seiko Prospex The 1978 Saturation Divers Limited Edition. With a release of only 800 pieces, this immaculate model commemorates the original Seiko Golden Tuna watch with a reinterpretation of the highly recognised 1978 design combined with Seiko’s latest innonvations.

Improving on the original 1978 Seiko Divers watch and its 600-metre water resistance, the new release has been fitted with an extremely impressive lightweight titanium case that is water resistance to 1,000 metres. The case is also decorated with a hard-black coating and pink gold cermet while the outer protector case is crafted from zirconia ceramic which is seven times more durable to scratches and corrosion compared to the original stainless steel.

The original Seiko Golden Tuna vintage divers watch

The case of the new Seiko Prospex The 1978 Saturation Divers S23627J1 watch is also the world’s first timepiece to boast a two layer case construction. This incredible innovation allows the watch to be highly resistant to shock while giving it a stunning visual effect. The unidirectional bezel has also been designed for precise and secure operation so that no accidental rotation occurs during a dive. The unique shape of the rose gold bezel also allows for effortless operation even when thick diving gloves are worn.

The centrepiece of this reissue is definitely its highly legible and striking black dial. Just like the older model, the new Seiko Prospex The 1978 Saturation Divers Limited Edition watch continues to showcase a retro inspired finish with large rounded minute markers and wide hour and minute hands that are coated in Lumibrite coating. This long-lasting substance allows the hands and indices to be easily eligible under water so you can continue to monitor your oxygen levels even under the dark waves of the ocean.

Housed beneath scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass is hour, minutes and seconds hands and a day date window at 3 o clock powered by the favourable Seiko 7C46 quartz movement. This is the same calibre used in the original Golden Tuna watch and was designed to boast an accuracy of ±15 seconds per month. 40 years later and the calibre still holds up as being one of the best diving watch movements in the industry.

Retailing at only £2,700, the Seiko Prospex The 1978 Saturation Divers S23627J1 watch is destined to be a best seller. Particularly popular with watch collectors, this 800 piece limited-edition release is expected to sell out fast. For more information on this watch and where to order your own, click here.

Specifications: Seiko Prospex The 1978 Saturation Divers Limited Edition S23627J1

  • Case Size: 49.4mm
  • Case Material: Titanium with black hard coating and pink gold cermet
  • Bezel: Unidirectional
  • Water Resistance: 1,000 metres
  • Magnetic Resistance: 4,800 A/m
  • Movement: Quartz 7C46 calibre
  • Accuracy: ±15 seconds per month
  • Functions: Hour, minutes and seconds, date and day window at 3 o clock
  • Dial: Black with Lumibrite hands and indices
  • Glass: Sapphire crystal
  • Strap: Black rubber with pin buckle
  • Limited Edition: 800 pieces
  • RRP: £2,700

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