We hadn’t had the opportunity to talk here about one of Seiko’s most interesting releases that the brand made about a month ago, we’re talking about the reissue of the reference 6105-8000 from 1968.
There are three new diver-inspired watches from the 1960s that are now included in Seiko’s Prospex collection and come with the references SPB313, SPB315 and SPB317.
The SPB313 features a white dial with black accents that match the tone of the bezel, the SPB315 comes with a black dial and gilt accents and a black bezel with inscriptions matching the dial accents, and these two first references come with a five-link stainless steel bracelet, which has not been seen for quite some time, and finally, we have the SPB317 reference, which features a black dial with rhodium-plated accents and a black dial and which is offered with a black rubber strap.
All references have in common the stainless steel case of 41mm diameter, 12.3mm thickness and 47mm lug-to-lug distance, unidirectional bezel with 120 clicks and aluminium insert, sapphire crystal, screwed crown and case back and 200 meters of water resistance. Regarding the dial, almost everything has already been said in the presentation of each of the models, it should be added that, as is customary for the brand, all indices and hands are filled with a generous layer of Lumibrite and the existence of a discreet round date window, now positioned at 4 1/4 o’clock. Inside are equipped with the modern 6R35 automatic movement that offers up to 70 hours of power reserve.
The watches are already on sale in the brand’s official boutiques and authorized retailers at the price of €950 and €1,150 for versions with a rubber strap and steel bracelet respectively.
As we initially mentioned for some time now that we wanted to talk about this launch, although overshadowed by the almost simultaneous launch of the Seiko 5 Sports GMT, this reissue seems to us to be quite promising, not only for maintaining its classic lines but also for the balanced dimensions it presents and that, therefore, should capture some audience that was outside due to the large dimensions of those models.
The layout of the dial was kept almost completely, except for the date window set almost in alignment with the crown and without the old frame positioned at 3 o’clock, and here we have to say that we liked this contemporary option better.
Of the three new models, we have some difficulty in identifying which one we liked the most, although we confess that there is a slight trend on the classic model with a black dial and rubber strap, we will have to wait to see them live and then decide.
Finally, it should be noted that it would be interesting to make all models available with the option of a steel bracelet and a rubber bracelet and let the public decide instead of the brand option.
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Reference: SPB313 (white), SPB315 (black on steel), SPB317 (black on strap)
Dial: White (SPB313), black (SPB315 and SPB317)
Case Material: Stainless-steel
Case Dimensions: 41 mm diameter, 12.3 mm thickness
Crystal: Sapphire glass
Case Back: Stainless-steel
Water Resistance: 200 Meters
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet (SPB313 and SPB315) or black rubber strap (SPB317)
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, rotating bezel
Frequency: 21,600 Vph
Power Reserve: 70 Hours
Price: € 950 (SPB317), € 1,150 (SPB313 and SPB315)