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New Seiko Prospex Watches
Seiko Prospex Watches for Sale
Once it released its inaugural dive model, Seiko went on to create a variety of watches that have gained favour with athletes including professional divers and adventurers. Among this wide range of creations, the 1968 Seiko Professional Diver’s watch was a truly special one that gained no shortage of success with multiple generations of sports watch enthusiasts, grace to its sturdy design and high practicality.
These days, the essence of this legendary sports model is given more life thanks to this family of watches for sport on land, water and in the air. Named the LX, it is perhaps best known for the way in which light plays beautifully off the unique dial of the watch.
Indeed, at the 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, a Prospex rework of the 1968 Professional dive watch was given the Sports Watch prize. Of course, the Prospex design gang gave themselves a second of real pride. Not only had their watch won the highest possible award for an athletic model but the huge respect for the model on which the LX line is inspired was, yet again, clearly shown.
The aesthetic of the Prospex LX line gives an uncanny balance. On the one hand, it is true to its history and its overall look show a clear inspiration with the older professional Diver’s. On the other, it is clearly contemporary in its creation. The center of the case is set low which means this watch sits flush on any size of forearm. Also the upper part of the casing is put at a more obtuse angle to give the polished item the chance to show off more of its brilliance.
Perhaps most importantly, the modern vibe of the Prospex is shown in the utilisation of Seiko’s advanced 5R Spring Drive caliber, which provides one second per day accuracy levels along with top rated shock and heat resistance. Indeed, with such attributes, 5R is the ideal caliber for use in all varieties of sports and adventure pursuits; it has been the choice of astronauts heading to the International Space Station. In addition, the watch was and was worn by Yuichiro Miura on top of the globe as he chose to wear a Seiko Prospex Spring Drive on his third climb of Everest.
The history of Seiko goes all the way back to the 19th century. Seiko’s creator, Kintaro Hattori, first started by repairing and making clocks for the people of Yokohama. The company soon gained a reputation for the quality of their work, with Seiko becoming one of the key timekeeping brands in Japan over the following decades.
At the end of the 1950’s Seiko had started to offer it’s watches in the United States as well as other nations in the west. The timepieces were becoming popular in a variety of countries just at the correct time, as brand new conveyor belt technology gave them the possibility of making upwards of 3 million units per annum.
This led to a huge boom in Seiko’s stock yet the company was not finished there. After initial successes with the Quartz clock, Seiko looked to evolve the first ever quartz wristwatch aimed at the masses. Then, it finally came. The Seiko Astron 35SQ was launched in 1969 and the brand predicted that, one day, all wristwatches would be made using the same revolutionary quartz technology. Surely Seiko, however, could not have predicted quite how correct this statement would go on to be.
Seiko’s immense popularity continued to grow across the globe after the launch of the Seiko Astron. Once more, they were selected as official timekeeper for the Olympic Games – in this instance the Winter Olympics of 1972 in Sapporo. Seiko were by now almost exclusively creating quartz watches, launching the inaugural ladies quartz watch in that year too.