Seiko recently released a black stainless steel version of their Monster dive watch, referred to as Prospex Automatic Diver SRPD29, available exclusively in the US online via Seiko’s e-commerce website.
Like previous versions, the Monster measures 42.4 mm in diameter and features bold hands, indices, and dive bezel, generously treated with luminescent material for visibility in all lighting conditions. What’s new is the matte black dial and black, mostly brushed case and bracelet, with a few polished accents on the bezel and the end of the unsigned crown.
There’s a day/date display at 3 o’clock, with a magnifier. The glass is a mineral crystal, set under the steel bezel (armored) so it’s much to scratch, although mineral crystal does scratch quite a bit easier than sapphire, although you’d have to hit it with an object smaller than the diameter of the dial opening to do so.
A screw-down crown and caseback, along with multiple gaskets, are good for 200 meters of water-resistance.
Driving hours, minutes, central seconds, and the day/date is Japanese made Seiko automatic caliber 4R36 which runs at 3Hz, has 24 jewels, features manual winding, and is good for 41-hours of power reserve.
The Seiko Prospex SRPD29 retails for $550, exclusively online via the manufacturer’s US website.
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