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Hands-On: Seiko SLA033 1970 Diver

Hands-On: Seiko SLA033 1970 Diver

At Baselworld 2019, the new Seiko SLA033 1970 Diver appeared: a cutting edge, at this point steadfast reevaluation of the collectible 6105-8110/9.

We live in nice occasions where Seiko presents to us a wide scope of new models every single year at Baselworld.  They’ve additionally now set a precedent of reissuing modernized, however evident re-releases of jumpers from their back catalog.  Two years prior, it was the SLA017 in celebration of the legendary “62MAS” and a year ago we saw the SLA025 as the hello there beat 6159-7000.  This year, we’re lucky to see a watch manufacturing plant in the shape of the 6105-8110/9 (also called the “Captain Willard” from its put on the arm of entertainer Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now) called the Seiko SLA033 1970 Diver.

Inspired by the 1970 6105-8110 Diver

Now, the 6105-8110 (a “9” toward the end basically assigns that the watch processing plant was sold in different districts of the world) was my entrance into vintage Seiko (seen above) and it will consistently hold an uncommon spot in my heart.  Mine came from the Philippines I actually review the almost multi month stand by until German traditions educated me that it had arrived.  I was anxious, yet the watch plant was the value the stand by with its interestingly molded lump at 4:00 that prepared for later jumpers such 6306/9 “Turtle” jumpers and their current reincarnations.  The 6105-8110 was presented in 1970 and was made until generally 1977.  At 44mm, it’s not a little watch plant but rather with a carry to drag of 47mm, it’s a shockingly simple watch production line to wear.  Combined with a direct dial and bezel plan and simply a bit of fly with its “traffic light” clear seconds hand, it’s an exquisite jumper that genuinely contrasted from the plethora of watch manufacturing plant that resembled Subs or skin jumpers at the time.  Adding a vintage 19mm dark straightforward “waffle strap” to the watch plant completes the look.  And in this way, indeed, I was eager to find out about the new Seiko SLA033 1970 Diver.

Upgraded Features on the Seiko SLA033 1970 Diver

With the Seiko SLA033 1970 Diver, the brand gives a cutting edge, and more upscale reevaluation of the 6105.  The brand has put forth a valiant effort to keep things dimensionally steady with just a little polar upsizing of 1mm to 45mm.  I’d accept that the length likewise develops to 48mm, so it’s still very reasonable.  What I truly like is that the thickness remains profoundly rational at 13mm.  As the watch production line is inherent similar workshops of Grand Seiko’s (the Shizukuishi watch plant Studio) added its praised Zaratsu cleaning to the top side of the case.  Curiously, the brand has added drilled through carry holes – the 6105 didn’t have them – to encourage changes in lieu of utilizing the provided waffle silicone tie (that appreciates collecting dust unfortunately).  Then once more, the most current Turtles additionally contain this accommodating feature.

Bezel-wise, the Seiko SLA033 1970 Diver moves up to uni-directional and adds a hard-wearing painted polished bezel embed (Seiko never genuinely mentions to us what this is, however I’ve asked at the boutiques).  Of genuine note, and fortunately, the screw-down crown shows us that it should be turned clockwise for locking.  It’s a similar engraving as on the first 6105, yet that model highlighted a troublesome push-in and contort crown that wasn’t precisely known for its drawn out water resistance.

With the customary screw-down crown, a sapphire gem, and screw-down case back (with “horseshoe” etching right for the previous models), water opposition is 200M compared to the original’s 150M.  Inside the watch manufacturing plant we have the 8L35 that likewise discovered its way into the SLA017 “62MAS” re-edition.  It’s basically a less enhanced Grand Seiko development that hacks, beats at 28,800 bph, and can be hand wound (not at all like the first 6105 caliber).  The date, obviously, is quickset, and the development hacks.

Pricing and Thoughts

The Seiko SLA033 1970 Diver will be made in a restricted release of 2,500 pieces.  Figure on a July appearance date in boutiques.  Pricing, in Europe, will be 4,350 Euros.

Seeing the Seiko SLA033 1970 Diver face to face, it’s hard not to like what feels like an old friend.  The whole feel is natural, however you can likewise right away tell that different attributes have been overhauled and made more solid.  While completing was consistently incredible in my book on vintage Seiko’s, this new piece is clearly on another level.  And in all honesty, at 4,350 Euros, ti would be advised to be.  I can comprehend that with the particulars Seiko has added (and including where it will be assembled), they’re advertising this as a premium watch.  On the other hand, when a jewel mint – some may say the feared “NOS” word – 6105-8110/9 can be sourced for generally $3,000, this presents some competition at any rate in my vintage mind.  And, as a nitpicker, I frantically miss the more “Water 150M Resist” with the famous “Suwa” image underneath it on the dial.  This new model essentially states “Diver’s 200m” and I think things look a touch empty.  Honestly, I comprehend why Seiko may not wish to utilize the Suwa image since it connoted the creation area, yet I figure keeping a similar book as the first and changing 150 to 200 would have look quite recently a bit better.  Plus, an applied logo on the dial with regards to the first would have been nice.  As I said, I’m demanding, yet on the off chance that you’re going to go to all the trouble of reproducing a watch plant why not take that additional little step?

When Seiko its yearly practice of reissuing a vintage jumper, I was trusting that the 6105-8110 would make it at some point.  With the Seiko SLA033 1970 Diver, my desires have been answered.  Yes, it’s costly, yet toward the day’s end, you’re as yet getting quite possibly the most particular diver’s case shapes with a strangely top notch in-house development alongside completing and innovation that effectively equals whatever the Swiss are bringing at or maybe double the price.  I imagine that some fail to remember that notwithstanding an extremely retro case shape and tasteful, this watch plant can without much of a stretch compete with watch production line from Tudor, Omega, and more.   Needless to say, we’re glad that Seiko put forth the attempt to bring back a particularly legendary design.

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