Friday, February 12, 2021

A complaint, a challenge and James Bond - The iconic Seiko Tuna

Seiko don’t muck around when it comes to dive watches. Being one of the largest dive watch manufacturers in the world they know their stuff, and they have been personally responsible for bringing professional divers a stream of innovative new technologies and designs that have made diving safer and easier for the professional and recreational diver alike. 

One of their greatest contributions to the dive community has been the Seiko Tuna. Its unique nickname was coined after people drew allusions to the strange outer shroud surrounding the watch case. The creation of the Tuna was in response to a letter of complaint received by Seiko after a Japanese saturation diver wrote in complaining that the watch models they were selling were not robust to impact, and could not withstand the pressure experienced while deep sea diving for prolonged periods. So, Seiko, not being one to shy away from a challenge, took this feedback and started to develop a watch built for the professional diver. 

After 7 years of development and 20 patents, Seiko unveiled to the world the revolutionary dive watch. With saturation diving in mind from the start, the watch was built like no other. It had a crystal secured in place by the external locking ring, a helium escape valve, an L-shaped rubber gasket, it could withstand 10 G’s of force, extreme temperatures and magnetic resistance up to 60 gauss. This was a serious watch, built for professionals. Since then, the Tuna has had a large cult following from both watch collectors and professional and recreational divers. 

The most notable person to don the iconic Tuna is probably one of the most famous watch aficionados, Bond, James Bond. In the 1981 film ‘For your eyes only’, Roger Moore is seen wearing the Seiko Tuna during the climactic dive scene and while facing off with villains at the end. 

The Seiko Tuna S23633J1 is a recreation of the 7C46-7011 released in 1986. It is an all steel build, including the bezel and shroud, which makes it a more casually wearable design. Don’t let that fool you though, it is certainly still a watch built for professional divers, which is why the dial is stamped with ‘professional’, to show that it’s in a league of its own. The watch is rated for 300m while saturation diving, features a scratch resistant sapphire crystal, LumiBrite hands and hour markers, super accurate Seiko calibre 7C46, a hard steel coating and weighs in at a hefty 200 grams. This watch is designed to withstand anything you throw at it, and it shows. 

Whether you’re a serious diving professional or just a watch collector who appreciates incredible engineering achievements and iconic watches, this is the one for you.  
Seiko Prospex S23633J
47.7mm case size.
Black dial.
Sapphire crystal.
Quartz movement - calibre 7C46.
Water resistance 300M.

Price: $2,500
Brand new, 5 years guarantee, free delivery and the chance to win a Seiko in March!

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