Friday, January 15, 2021

The adventurers watch


In 1961, Seiko introduced to the world the Alpinist series. The series was inspired by the Yama-otoko - mountain men that worked or spent time in the mountains. The main goal for the alpinist was to provide a reliable, rugged and accurate timepiece for mountain adventurers. 

Sixty years on and the Seiko alpinist series is still in production, making it the 3rd oldest Seiko sub brand. The current Alpinist series got its iconic design update in 1995, but that is a story within itself that can be read here:

Late last year Seiko released 3 new Alpinist watches with a bold new design choice - a gradient coloured dial with a textured finish. The dial still features the same numeral and hour marker design but now with a creme coloured finish rather than the original metal markers, adding to the ‘vintage’ feel. The traditional hand cathedral hand style has been carried through to these models as well. The watch is part of the Prospex ‘Land series’, which means it is 200 metres waterproof, a staple of the Prospex line, but not only that, it is also Made in Japan. 

There are three models available, the green SPB155J1 which comes on a metal bracelet, the blue SPB157J1 which comes on a stunning blue leather strap and the grey SPB159J1 which comes on the same leather strap in black. 
Seiko SPB155J1 - Green

38mm case size
Sapphire crystal
Automatic movement - calibre 6R35
water resistance 200M

Price: $1,100
Seiko SPB157J1 - Blue
Price: $1,050
Seiko SPB159J1 - Grey
Price: $1,050

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