Seiko Diver’s 55th Anniversary, the 1968 “Hi-Beat” Re-Creation SLA039J1

Two or three weeks prior, we investigated the 1965 “62MAS” Re-Creation SLA037J1 , a watch that was inspired by the mother of all Seiko plunging instruments and a piece of the set of three dispatched by the brand to praise the 55th anniversary of its association in sea-going regions. Along these lines, talking set of three, the time has come to take a gander at the second watch that has been presented, indeed “in the metal” (and to be honest, there’s a ton of metal to see…) Inspired by another notorious model, the 1968 “Hi-Beat” Diver, let’s give the Seiko Prospex SLA039J1 a few involved time.

This set of three of watches, as clarified when we reviewed the 62MAS recreation, doesn’t comprise appropriate new models however rather refreshes existing – and alluring – restricted releases. The SLA037 is a variety of the SLA017 dispatched in 2017 . The watch we’ll be seeing today is a declination of the already existing SLA025 presented in 2018 . Also, similar to its partner, it is a cutting edge re-creation of an amazing diver’s, which should be first introduced.

the 1968 Seiko Diver 300m hi-beat Ref. 6159-7001

If the 62MAS is considered significant as being the first expert plunge watch by Seiko, its replacement is similarly significant, as the one has the most effect on the plan of every resulting assortment. Surely, the 62MAS is marginally “apart” as it didn’t show yet all the signature configuration prompts that we currently see in Seiko diver’s watches. The Hi-Beat Ref. 6159-7001, then again, feels undeniably more recognizable and permits understanding where the greater part of Seiko’s configuration comes from.

Only 3 years after its debut expertly determined plunging instrument, Seiko presented its replacement. However, it wasn’t simply an update. The work done by the brand was far more profound than simply improving a few areas of the watch. The 6159-7001 (and the 6215-7000, an outwardly practically indistinguishable watch with equivalent specs however no hi-beat development) was entirely new, regardless of whether for the plan, the general resistance, the architecture or the movement.

The instance of the 1968 Diver 300m Hi-Beat separates with its monobloc development (disposing of any pressure focuses looking into the issue) and its screw-down crown situated at 4 o’clock – a signature feature of most Seiko’s jump watches. The case was presently 300m water-resistant (versus 150m for the 62MAS) and, all things considered, on par if not better than the Swiss competition. With its 44mm distance across and 14mm tallness, it more likely than not been probably the biggest watch available toward the finish of the 1960s, and by that absolutely accepting its expert livelihood. Regarding the state of the watch, with its sharp points and level surfaces, it plainly set the pace for the a long time to come.

The principle update was not obvious yet, but rather hidden inside the case; the type 6159, a programmed development with 25 jewels… And essentially, a high frequency of 5Hz or 36,000 vibrations each hour. Rare even by present day principles, this hi-beat development was absolutely very creative back in the last part of the 1960s. It was, in those days, the first hi-beat diver’s watch on the market.

An interesting reality about this watch: it was utilized effectively by the principal individual from Japan to climb Mt. Everest, on the wrist pf Naomi Uemura. Thusly, it performed both beneath and far above ocean level.

The 1968 Re-Creation SLA039J1

Visually and in fact, the new SLA039J1 doesn’t advance much compared to its 2018 predecessor, the SLA025. Tones separated, it remains practically indistinguishable on all focuses. However, it is as yet a pleasure to see this watch into the wild, it still impresses.

Looking at the general plan, there’s no uncertainty on both the filiation with the 1968 model and on the work of this watch. It is a genuine expertly situated diver’s instrument, sharp, rough, massive… It feels imagined for a mission and it seems like it when lashed around the wrist.

No need to hide reality, the specs sheet talks for itself; this 1968 Hi-Beat Re-Creation is an enormous, strong watch. At 44.8mm in distance across, with a 15.7mm stature and over 51mm carry to-haul, it won’t fly under the radar. The case retains the rakish states of its predecessor and is similarly completed: round brushed surfaces on the level areas, cleaned casebands. The crown, as you’d envision, is as yet situated at 4 o’clock.

Even however a modernized form of the reference 6159-7001, Seiko remains devoted to the monobloc development, with a case that opens through the caseback – the development is embedded into the situation from the dial side. This creates an inflexible and very much ensured house for the development yet additionally a sensation of having an ingot, which in this setting is a long way from unsavory. In light of this, you could envision that the watch is uncomfortable on the wrist yet its particular shape gives grasp and equilibrium. An enormous watch without a doubt yet a watch that fits securely on the wrist.

The case is topped by an exemplary uni-directional bezel with a gleaming metallic dark addition with an hour long scale and a double bended sapphire gem with against reflective covering on the internal surface. An interesting reality about the case is that it is made of “Ever-Brilliant Steel”, which is absolutely comparable to 904L hardened steel. It gives better resistance to consumption just as more brightness and a whiter tint. Combine this with the Zaratsu-cleaned surfaces and it results in a greatly completed case.

The principle update on this SLA0391J compared to the SLA025 concerns the dial, which is here presented in a blue-dim sunray-brushed tone – a shading that echoes sea profundities. Notwithstanding that, the records and hands are presently silver-colored (not any more overlaid). These colder shades give a more present day and more specialized style to this watch. All the components of the dial are greatly executed, with sloped hands that might effortlessly measure up to those found in a Grand Seiko watch. The files and the date window outline are similarly precise in their execution.

Inside its case, the 1968 Re-Creation SLA039J1 sets out a similar development as the SLA025, which means a programmed and high-frequency motor dependent on the Grand Seiko Caliber 9S85. Precisely indistinguishable from its GS partner, it was developed explicitly for top-level Seiko plunge watches. The stuff train, dynamic chain, winding framework and regulating organ are the equivalent, so is the quantity of gems, the 5Hz frequency (36,000 vibrations/hour) and the 55-hour power reserve. It likewise retains high-tech features, for example, a “Spron 610” composite (for the hairspring) and parts manufactured by MEMS innovation (get away from haggle forks).

Compared to the Grand Seiko rendition, the differences are generally on the embellishment of the plates and extensions – despite the fact that the 8L55 is already pretty very much enriched – and how the development is changed. Seiko declares a +15/ – 10 seconds/day exactness (compared to +5/ – 3 s/d for Grand Seiko), which is known to be on the cynical side of things.

The SLA039J1 is delivered on a matte blue silicone lash with “waffle-like” plan, to remain historically relevant. It is shut by a steel pin lock and held set up by an engraved steel holder.

Thoughts, cost & Availability

When I reviewed the SLA025 back in 2018, I remember composing that it “should be viewed as the über-Prospex or a wannabe Grand Seiko!” This plainly didn’t change with the 2020 variant, which indeed shares more for all intents and purpose with a Grand Seiko watch than with a Samurai or a Turtle . The general quality is impressive as is the development that is inside this monobloc case. This SLA039J1 is an exhibit of Seiko’s savoir-faire in high-end jump watches… which reflects in the price.

The Seiko Prospex Diver’s 55th Anniversary 1968 Re-Creation SLA039J1 is a restricted release of 1,100 pieces, which will be accessible as of August 2020. It will be estimated at EUR 7,000. It will likewise be remembered for a special commemorative box with each of the three re-creations with extra dark lashes, which will be accessible in May 2020. Only 100 sets will be released.

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