Let’s go to another Pitch Watch
Life is made of cycles and the world of watches is no exception, after the more than a pronounced trend of green dials, a new trend now appears, that of straps, we first saw Omega re-launching the Velcro strap model inspired by strap used on the Moonwatch, a few weeks ago it was Fortis’ turn to launch “The Hook Strap” and now it’s Seiko’s turn to launch the Seichu strap, I suspect that we won’t stop here and that other brands will follow suit.
Moving on immediately to these two new Seiko launches, the most attentive ones must have realized that these two additions to the Prospex collection are not new, the first is the SPB239 and the second is the SPB237, a 1965 and 1970 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation respectively, but as we already mentioned, and we are back to watches again, the big news is the new Seichu straps.
These bracelets present a more pronounced texture than the traditional Nato bracelets, which incorporate the traditional braiding technique from Japan, namely used in the traditional “obijime”, the decorative band that holds the kimono, a craftsmanship technique almost gone but which is now being revitalized in Japan, which are characterized by their high resistance, four times higher than the regular Seiko fabric straps, breathability as it allows the air to pass more easily through its texture and for providing greater comfort on the wrist. Each watch comes with two Seichu straps, the SPB239 comes with a dark brown strap and an extra one in beige tones, while the SPB237 comes with a green strap and an extra gray one.
With regard to aesthetic differences, these two new watches come with a dark brown (SPB239) and gray (SPB237) dial and bezel, with the bezel scale in cream tones, the same tone that we can also see in the indexes and hands filled with Lumibrite with faded color (also known as faustina) that gives them a vintage style.
Inside both watches the usual 6R35 automatic movement, which offers up to 70 hours of power reserve, which allows the manual winding, and which also comes with a hacking function.
The watches will be available from June in official stores and retailers of the brand, for the prices of € 1,250 for the SPB239 and € 1,350 for the SPB237.
Model: Prospex 1965 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation, Prospex 1970 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation
Reference: SPB239, SPB237
Dial: Brown (SPB239), Gray (SPB237)
Case Material: Stainless steel
Case Dimensions: 40.5 mm (SPB239) / 42.7 mm (SPB237) diameter, 13.2 mm thickness
Crystal: Sapphire Glass
Case Back: Stainless steel
Water Resistance: 200 Meters
Strap: Brown and cream polyester strap (SPB239), green and gray polyester strap (SPB237)
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Frequency: 21,600 Vph
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Price: € 1,250 (SPB239), € 1,350 (SPB239)
Availability: June 2021
Limited Edition: No