The Seiko Prospex PADI Watch Review A Divers Watch With A Cause
Thursday - 09 June 2016
Seiko have been supplying watches to both professional and recreational divers since 1965, quickly building a valued reputation within both horological and diving communities. Not only did they reveal the first titanium divers watch in 1975, but they even impressed with the first diver’s watch to boast a ceramic outer case in 1986 and then the first Nitrox divers watch in 2000.
By coincidence, a few months after the first Seiko divers watch was released, two American dive enthusiasts founded the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, an organisation that ensured the safety and enjoyment of divers while still protecting our treasured marine environment. PADI have also worked alongside Project AWARE, another organisation that works to empower scuba divers to work together to keep our oceans clean, thriving and healthy. With a shared passion for these values, Seiko have combined forces with PADI and Project AWARE to release two special edition Seiko PADI watches.
The first is the Seiko Prospex PADI GMT Diver Special Edition watch which boasts a stainless steel case and a super easy to read dial that is reminiscent of the very first Seiko divers watch, yet thanks to the wide clear hands and the distinctive red and blue PADI detailing we still get a truely unique timepiece. Within the case, the calibre 4R36 mechanical movement works hard to promise a power reserve of 41 hours and an impressive water resistance of 200 metres and retailing at only £349, this timepiece really is remarkable and is even completed by a stainless steel bracelet with a threefold clasp and secure lock for easy wear and exceptional security.
The second is the Seiko Prospex PADI Kinetic GMT Diver Special Edition watch, again with a steel case and a dial filled with luminosity so it is easy to read even in the deep depths of the ocean. This watch features the kinetic 5M85 calibre that is powered by the movement of the wrist and promises an outstanding power reserve of over 6 months. This model is complimented by a waterproof silicone strap for a sporty look and retails at an unmissable price of only £479.
Both of these models are expected to be released in August 2016, just in time for summer when swimmers, adventurers and divers can test out the incredible features of Seiko’s newest releases.