Seiko Prospex SPB077 & SPB079 Dive Watches Hands-On

Seiko Prospex SPB077 & SPB079 Dive Watches Hands-On

Vintage-enlivened or reevaluated jump observes surely overwhelmed Baselworld this year. Especially beguiling models incorporate the  Tudor Black Bay Fifty Eight , Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date ’70s , and the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Bronze  to name a couple. Not to be abandoned, Seiko have delivered a three-piece assortment as a cutting edge reevaluation of one of their most punctual plunge watches, the reference 6159. The first was dispatched in 1968 and included the hi-beat Caliber 6159A, which was additionally highlighted in Grand Seiko models of this period. It likewise bragged water opposition 300m, a more prominent profundity than Rolex’s reference 5512 Submariners of this period could withstand. A reliable accolade for the reference 6159 is accessible as the restricted release Seiko Prospex SLA025 Hi-Beat 300m Dive Watch (covered here) , however this model additionally comes with a strong sticker price to coordinate. For those with more tight handbag strings, the Seiko Prospex SPB077 and SPB079 plunge watches are considerably more reasonably evaluated, however penance a reasonable bit of vintage energy and historical importance in the process.

All pictures by Ariel Adams

Let’s start with the conspicuous takeoffs from the Seiko reference 6159. The original’s twirly doo style hands have been supplanted with the cutting edge Prospex collection’s rather silly looking enormous bolt hour hand and a sort of nearly blade, nearly needle style minute hand. Where the reference 6159 included a fairly extraordinary “traffic light” style tip on the second hand, the Seiko Prospex SPB077 and SPB079 have a straightforward round iridescent pip as a stabilizer. The square lists at 6 and 9 o’clock on the reference 6159 have been supplanted with a thickset bolt plan and the overlaid dial components have all been exchanged for a more present day, all-steel look. Water opposition has been downsized from 300m to 200m, and the 36,000 vph (5Hz) hi-beat Caliber 6159A has been traded for the able if-unsuitable 6R15, which wavers at 21,600 (3Hz). Not at all like numerous vintage Seiko types, the 6159A additionally highlighted hand-winding, hacking, and a speedy set date, so the newer 6R15 can’t even case those as present day advantages over the original.

So the Seiko Prospex SPB077 and SPB079 obviously penance a reasonable piece in comparison to the reference 6159 they were roused by, however do they enhance the first in any capacity? For a starters, both of the cutting edge models highlight against intelligent sapphire precious stones over the dials, while the reference 6159 utilized Hardlex, which is more inclined to scratching. The bezel on the reference 6159 was bidirectional (two-way revolution), while the bezels on the Seiko Prospex SPB077 and SPB079 are unidirectional (single direction pivot). We underestimate the unidirectional bezel in present day plunge looks as a security measure to limit the danger of incidentally thumping it during a make a plunge a course that would show additional time staying than there truly is. A unidirectional bezel that is knock mid-jump can just actually show less time remaining, and consequently is a surer marker for things like submersion time and decompression stops, in spite of the fact that I’d warrant that couple of imminent proprietors of these watches will actually utilize the bezel for its expected purpose.

Differences and compromises from the first aside, the Seiko Prospex SPB077 and SPB079 are likewise very enormous watches at 44mm wide x 13.1mm thick, which aren’t vintage-themed measurements in any way shape or form. Combined with Seiko’s “Super Hard Coating” on the tempered steel, these watches appear to be proposed as genuine instrument watches which can endure some harsh treatment. The dark bezel reference SPB077 is the more downplayed of the two, offering a straightforward look and including a hardened steel wristband to coordinate. For those looking for a smidgen greater character, the metallic blue bezel on the reference SPB079 adds a touch of bling and comes connected to a silicone plunge lash. The expense for either reference is likewise impressively more sensible than the €5,500 asking cost for the Seiko Prospex SLA025 Hi-Beat, with the dark bezel SPB077 conveying a €1,100 sticker price and the blue-bezel SPB079 costing €900. Forthcoming purchasers should choose if the historic plan signals, progressed development, and expanded water obstruction on the SLA025 are truly worth multiple times the cost. For the rest, the Seiko Prospex SPB077 and SPB079 offer a compellingly evaluated alternative.