Seiko’s 55th Anniversary Limited Edition Divers are tributes to some of their most iconic models from the 60’s and 70’s. Today Seiko made an announcement regarding the most notable of the trio being released, the SLA037J. Limited to 1,100 pieces and featuring the 8L55 caliber (pretty much a Grand Seiko movement), the watch pays obvious tribute to the 62MAS, Seiko’s first dive watch released in 1965.
Today’s announcement from Seiko confirmed that the watch is now available for preorder, revealing the staggering price point of $9,750AUD, with delivery to be expected in May/June this year. Considering this is nearly twice the price of the SLA017, it’s possible that Seiko have finally pushed prices too far, but then again, this watch isn’t being made for mass production. The purpose of this release is to commemorate Seiko’s history and with that a very special, limited run, which will likely be snapped up by collectors and enthusiasts who understand why this watch is important. I’m not supporting the price tag, but I sorta understand why this watch exists. I’d still buy an Explorer for the money though.
55 years ago, Seiko introduced its, and Japan’s, first ever diver’s watch. With an automatic movement and water resistance to 150m, it proved its reliability when it was used by members of the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition from 1966 to 1969.
Put price aside and take a look at the specifications. The 39.5mm diameter is refreshing in a sea of >40mm divers, and I love that they threw in a 8L55 as opposed to a 4R/6R entry level caliber. Most people will gloss over this release from Seiko sadly, although here’s hoping that Seiko get it right with the 1965 Divers modern re-interpretation “SPB149J”
More details on the SLA037 can be found via the Seiko boutique website here: https://seikoboutique.com.au/product/SLA037J
Case Diameter: 39.5mm
Lug to Lug: 47.9mm
Crystal: Boxed Sapphire
Caliber: 8L55, 37 Jewells, 36,000 VPH
Power reserve: 55 Hours Power Reserve
Water Rating: Divers 200m
Country of Manufacture: Japan