Seiko Watch of America has just released a new limited edition Prospex (professional specification) dive watch that I’m sure you’ll all find pretty interesting (I do at least). The Seiko Prospex Street Series is a new stylish take on the ‘Baby Tuna’ watch style.
The Prospex Street Series is designed specifically for what Seiko’s marketing team is calling the ‘urban adventurer’. What this means for all of us dive watch fanatics is that we’re getting a classic Seiko case design in some new, trendy colors instead of the usual diver colors of black and white.
These three different color combinations are supposed to fit into an urban setting, so they’re not necessarily the best for underwater visibility. But personally I think that’s OK, most people don’t actually dive with their dive watches, and looking at these three I’m sure they’d be at least usable as an actual dive watch.
Personally, I’m a fan of both the SNE533 in blue and the SNE535 in the green. The green looks like it would be just as comfortable being called a field watch as a dive watch. The SNE537 in gray isn’t really doing it for me.
Looking at the detail view below, you can see that the dial has a texture that matches the rubber strap. I also like the texturing that’s been applied to the blue part of the bezel, it’s a nice little touch.
Besides the new colors, we’re not really getting anything new. Seiko has recently done a lot of different versions of this ‘Baby Tuna’ case design, using both automatic, solar, and kinetic movements. Examples of some similar solar powered watches include the Seiko Prospex SNE498, and the PADI Special Edition SNE499.
Currently, the Seiko Prospex Street Series is only available directly from Seiko Watch of Americas website, for a retail price of $450. I’m unsure of how limited this limited edition is, but on the website it says that only the first one hundred watches of each style ordered will receive a leather carrying case.
Seiko Prospex Street Series Specifications
- Caliber V157 solar powered movement
- 200 meter (660 feet) water resistance
- Unidirectional rotating divers timing bezel
- Silicone strap
- 47.0 mm case diameter
- Lumibrite hands and hour markers
- Date window