In late years, Seiko has shown that it doesn’t avoid strong and bright manifestations, even in its specialized and expert situated Prospex assortment – Prospex meaning “Professional Specifications”. Aside from the customary black and blue jumpers, the brand offers cool shading plans in its limited-edition models, for example, the “Twilight Blue” SPB097J1 or the “Dawn Grey” Europe-Only watches . Today, it is two of the brand’s most acclaimed models, the Sumo and the replacement to the MM300, that get an alternate visual methodology. Meet the new Seiko Prospex Black Series Limited Edition SLA035J1 & SPB125J1.
Seiko’s notoriety for jump watches shouldn’t be illustrated, and that is valid across all reaches, from available watches like the Turtle or all the more top of the line pieces like the new SLA033 or the LX Line with Spring Drive developments . Today, it is two of the most meaningful Seiko jump watches that are utilized as a base for a series of limited editions with one common attribute: a full black clothing with shaded accents on the dial. One depends on the mid-range Prospex Sumo, a watch that has as of late been refreshed. The second depends on the replacement to the celebrated MM300. Without a doubt, this watch (ref. SBDX001) was eliminated from the a few years prior. Notwithstanding, Seiko has supplanted it with another model under reference SLA021 – with a similar visual idea and a better quality movement.
These two watches in the Seiko Prospex Black Series (note that a third one is likewise included, a Solar chronograph under reference SSC761J1) have been refreshed from the standard steel models with a hard black covering, a matte black dial and hued complements. Both are worn on silicone lashes rather than the standard steel wristbands. Let’s investigate each model.
Seiko Prospex Black Series SLA035J1
The first model to be remembered for this “Seiko Prospex Black Series” depends on the as of late presented SLA021. This watch can be viewed as the replacement to one of Seiko’s most well known jump watches, the Marinemaster 300 ref. SBDX001 or SBDX017. The new form is to a greater degree a visual and specialized update than a completely new watch. Realizing that the suspension of the MM300 caused some disruption, acquainted another model with supplant it.
This refreshed model holds the enormous monobloc instance of 44.3mm with a raised unidirectional bezel and average coin-edge profile. The case likewise keeps its unmistakable rakish shape, with sharp carries, presently got done with the Zaratsu cleaning procedure. The primary update concerns the bezel, which is presently made of fired. Inside is Seiko’s type 8L35, in view of the Grand Seiko 9S55 – which was at that point utilized in the SBDX017. Compared to the past model, the dial, the hands and the hour long scale have been marginally redesigned.
Today, we have another form of this watch, with a full black shading plan. The new SLA035J1 has a steel case that is both cleaned and brushed, presently blackened with Seiko’s hard-covering. The bezel, crown and caseback are also wrapped up. The case is water-impervious to 300m and a sapphire gem secures the dial.
Regarding different updates, we can see that the base of the dial stays unaltered, except for two subtleties: both the WR rating and the seconds hand have been painted red, while they are gold-shaded on the standard steel variant. The Lumibrite utilized on hands and lists likewise showed up more cream-hued than on the steel adaptations. No updates inside, the Seiko Prospex Black Series SLA035J1 has the in-house, programmed type 8L35 with 4hz recurrence, 50-hour power hold and +15 to – 10 seconds of the day accuracy.
The SLA035J1 (additionally named SBDX033 in Japan) is worn on a black silicone lash with a blackened pin clasp. It is a limited edition of 600 pieces accessible from March 2020. It will be evaluated at JPY 300,000, and a surmised cost of EUR 3,100 in Europe.
Quick facts: 44.3mm distance across x 15.4mm tallness – 50.5mm carry to-drag – treated steel with hard black covering – sapphire precious stone – unidirectional artistic bezel – 300m water-safe – type 8L35, programmed, in-house, 50h force hold, 4Hz, 26 gems, HMS and date – black dial – silicone tie – ref. SLA035J1 – limited to 600 pieces
Seiko Prospex Black Series SPB125J1
The second model in this “Seiko Prospex Black Series” sub-assortment depends on the adulated and moderately open Sumo model, a watch that has been refreshed in 2019 , with the expansion of a sapphire gem and another development. Outwardly, the DNA of the Sumo is as yet present however, with just minor reports working on this issue, dial and bezel.
The Sumo is a hearty mid-range model in Seiko’s Prospex line. Compared to the passage level Turtle and Samurai, it offers a superior completing generally speaking, a more hearty wristband, a sapphire gem and a more exact development from the 6Rxx series – yet at the same time a similar 200m water-resistance.
For the event of this “Prospex Black Series”, the brand brings here reference SPB125J1, with numerous visual updates compared to the exemplary steel rendition. As a matter of first importance, all the outside parts have been blackened with a hard covering. Here as well, we have a black silicone lash rather than the steel wristband. The bezel’s embed, in anodised aluminum, includes a two-tone conspire, with the initial 20-minute territory in dull dim, the rest being traditionally black. The state of the case, with its curved carries and its 45mm distance across, remains untouched.
The dial has gone through the best advancement on this SPB125J1. On the off chance that the watch holds the matte black foundation of the steel model SPB101J1, it currently includes beige-hued Lumebright on files and hands, rather than unadulterated white. The minutes hand is additionally unique and is painted in splendid orange, while the hours and seconds hands are black. Inside ticks the type 6R35 with 3Hz recurrence, 70-hour power hold and +25 to – 15 seconds out of every day accuracy.
The Seiko Prospex Black Series SPB125J1 (or SBDC095 in Japan) will be a limited edition of 7,000 pieces, accessible worldwide from February 2020 and estimated at JPY 90,000 or EUR 829.
Quick facts: 45mm measurement x 12.9mm stature – 52.6mm carry to-drag – tempered steel with a hard black covering – sapphire precious stone – unidirectional aluminum bezel – 200m water-safe – type 6R35, programmed, in-house, 70h force save, 3Hz, 24 gems, HMS and date – black dial – silicone tie – ref. SPB125J1 – limited to 7,000 pieces
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