Seiko just released this news about teaming up with PADI (the Professional Association of Dive Instructors) to create two limited edition, PROSPEX brand dive watches.

PADI, originally founded just a few months after SEIKO released their first dive watches in 1965, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to diving instruction. I’m a PADI diver, and am currently going through the process of becoming a professional PADI instructor.

As part of the partnership, Seiko will be releasing two limited edition divers this autumn with PADI branding, the SRPA21K1 and the SUN065P1. The SRPA21K1 is powered by a mechanical automatic movement with manual winding, and the SUN065P1 uses Seikos proprietary Kinetic quartz movement.

If you haven’t come across it before, the Kinetic movement is like an automatic in that it charges the watch off of the movement of the wearers wrist, just charging a small battery instead of winding a mainspring.

The Seiko Prospex SRPA21K1

Seiko and PADI SRPA21K1 automatic  dive watch

Specifications

  • Caliber 4R36 automatic mechanical movement with manual winding
  • Stainless steel case and caseback
  • 200m (660ft) water resistance
  • Unidirectional bezel
  • Screw-down crown
  • Hardlex crystal
  • 45mm case diameter
  • Anti-magnetic
  • Seiko’s excellent Lumibrite markings

The Seiko Prospex SUN065P1

Seiko and PADI limited edition Prospex SUN065P1 dive watch

Specifications

  • Caliber 5M85 Seiko Kinetic GMT quartz movement
  • Stainless steel case and caseback
  • 200m (660ft) water resistance
  • Unidirectional bezel
  • Power reserve button and screw-down crown
  • GMT hand with hour hand adjustment
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • 47.5mm case diameter
  • Seiko’s excellent Lumibrite markings

Project Aware Support

Seiko and PADI’s partnership goes beyond just these two limited edition watches. Seiko also announced that they’d be supporting PADI’s Project Aware.

Project Aware is a global movement of SCUBA divers dedicated to preserving and protecting the marine environment. It’s unclear exactly how Seiko will be supporting the project, but one can assume some percent of sales will be going to the project. 

The limited edition watches should be available for purchase sometime this autumn.

Available Now!

The Seiko PADI divers are now available. You can find links to purchase below:

Seiko SRPA21 PADI

Seiko SUN065 PADI

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