Seiko has a rich history making dive watches dating back to 1965. They made the world’s first titanium diver’s watch in 1975, the first diver’s watch with a ceramic outer case in 1986, and the first Nitrox Dive Computer watch in 2000. Needless to say, Seiko is one of the most respected manufacturers of professional dive watches.
And so it should come as no surprise that, PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), the world’s most trusted scuba diving training organization, which has issued 24 million certifications – has decided to partner with Seiko to support the global movement of scuba divers coming to protect the world’s oceans, called “Project AWARE.”
To celebrate and promote this partnership, two Prospex PADI Special Editions will be released Fall 2016.
The Kinetic GMT Diver is powered by hybrid Kinetic caliber 5M85 movement, with a power reserve of approximately 6-months. The remaining power reserve can be displayed on demand, at the press of a button.
The two-part stainless steel case measures 47.5 mm x 14.1 mm, and has a steel screw caseback and screw down crown. Water-resistance is 200 meters. The GMT hand has a 1-hour jump function for easy setting. The watch comes with a silicon Seiko accordion-style strap. The price is $725. (Ref. SUN065)
The Prospex PADI “Turtle” Automatic Diver is powered by 3Hz automatic caliber 4R36, which has 24 jewels, and a 41-hour power reserve. Its cushion shaped case is made of stainless steel and measures 45 mm x 13.4 mm. The caseback is also steel. A hardlex crystal protects the dial. Water-resistance is 200 meters, with an anti-magnetic rating of 4,800 A/m. A stainless steel bracelet with three-fold clasp with secure lock, push button release with extender completes the watch. The price is $525. (Ref. SRPA21)