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Seiko’s Prospex LX — Excellence on Repeat



Honing excellence in one’s craft is not a feat that can be achieved overnight and Seiko Prospex is one fine example. The Seiko Prospex — known for its high quality and standards — was a result of 54 years of hard work, dedication, determination and perseverance to constantly refine its various reiterations since 1965. While some fear being stuck in routine, Seiko Prospex takes the route less travelled by developing consistency in its watchmaking craft.

At BaselWorld 2019, Seiko Prospex welcomed the Seiko Prospex LX collection into its extended family. It introduces heritage and inspiration from the iconic 1968 professional dive watch, together with modern finesse and execution. The LX collection was developed in collaboration with legendary designer Ken Okuyama, whose pedigree in industrial design was pivotal for this collection. The Seiko Prospex LX watch case’s center of gravity was lowered so that it sits comfortably on any wrist despite its heft. The upper side of the case is set at a more pronounced angle to allow the Zaratsu-polished surfaces to shine more brightly. Incidentally, the collection’s name LX is a reference to the Latin word for light — a subtle nod to the way that light is reflected in the broad, flat surfaces of the watch cases.

The collection consists of the Seiko Prospex SNR025J1, SNR029J1, and SNR033J1 — each representing the pinnacle of sports and adventure on land, at sea and in the sky respectively. With a diameter of 44.8mm, the three watches are cased in titanium to ensure maximum strength while being light on the wrist and all of them feature Seiko’s Spring Drive calibre 5R65.

Seiko Prospex SNR033J1

If you’re flying so often that the best place to catch you is at the airport, the Seiko Prospex SNR033J1 should be the companion for a jet setting life. The GMT functions of the watch tracks two different time zones — the regular hour and minute hands track local time while the red GMT hand tracks home time against the bi-coloured GMT bezel. While the SNR033J1 might not be as convenient as the mobile phone’s world time capability, the Seiko Prospex watch would certainly outlast a phone’s battery span. Blessed with a 72-hour power reserve, the SNR033J1 will continue to run for three days when its reserve is full. A nifty power reserve indicator functions exactly the same as a car’s fuel indicator does — showing how much juice is left in the watch before it stops ticking. 

Seiko Prospex SNR029J1

The next time you’re planning for a tropical getaway in neighbouring coastal islands, be sure to have the Seiko Prospex SNR029J1 packed into your luggage. From casual swims in pools to snorkelling and wreck diving, the SNR029J1 is in its element when submerged in water. Taking reference and inspiration from Seiko’s 62MAS dive watch, it maintains the design language that made its predecessor an icon. The large watch hands and indexes are filled with Seiko’s proprietary Lumibrite to ensure maximum legibility in day and night conditions. While the watch has a hulking presence on the wrist, its light- weight titanium case ensures it is a gentle giant rather than a cumbersome beast on the wrist.

Seiko Prospex SNR025J1

For adrenaline junkies constantly looking out to quench their never-ending thirst for adventure, navigational tools are paramount while out in the great outdoors. While electronic GPS devices are the go-to equipment these days, having to rely on batteries runs the risk of them going flat. Hence, it makes perfect sense to have the Seiko Prospex SNR025J1 on stand-by. With its compass bezel, one is able to locate North by simply adjusting their relative position against the sun or stars. Whether you’re caught in a torrential rain or taking a swim in secluded waterfalls, the 200m water resistance is more than capable of withstanding the elements. The addition of a GMT hand makes tracking multiple time zones easier.

The Seiko Prospex SNR033J1, SNR029J1 and SNR025J1 retails at $8942, $9753.10 and $8271.10 respectively.