Why not…? – The sea and the Seiko SLA 025 – Trends and style

Modern watchmaking was born from the sea, on the first ships that set out to explore what was still a flat planet.  Still today, now that this connection has been diluted under the pressure of technology, the relationship between watches and the ocean continues to fascinate people. Why? Why are we so fascinated by diver’s watches? Why does the word “professional” added to the dial cause so much excitement? Why, when so few of us actually dive below a few metres, do we look for a watch that can dive much deeper into the abyss than anyone has ever dived before?  Let’s try to understand what ties us so closely to the sea, and why diver’s watches are so indispensable. First there is the dream, adventure, escape. The sea remains one of the last mostly unexplored areas on the planet. In a world where information spreads so quickly, the thought that we are surrounded by the unknown fascinates us. And if this unknown is inaccessible to most of us, the diver’s watch allows us to dream.  What’s more, in an era of control and surveillance, the sea seems to be an area of freedom. To dive without scuba gear, to swim with the fish, to get carried away by the elements is an immense...

Introducing: The Seiko Prospex 1970 Diver’s Re-Creation Limited Edition SLA033

This is something to quicken the pulses of Seiko dive watch enthusiasts: a modern version of the famous 6105, also known as the “Willard,” as that was the model worn by Martin Sheen in his portrayal of Captain Willard in Apocalypse Now. The original 6105 came in two versions – one was the standard cushion cased 8000/8009, and the other was the larger 8110/8119. The later is the model worn by Sheen in the film, and it’s a classic of dive watch design of the era – big, with an eye-catching asymmetrical case that features substantial crown guards and the crown at 4:00, with 150 meter water resistance. As with other dive watches of the era, the problem is not so much finding one as it is finding one in good condition; they were affordable and reliable, and were bought to be used. Used they were, under sometimes very harsh conditions (the 6105 was produced from 1968 to 1977) and this new model offers a chance to enjoy the broad-shouldered appeal of the original, with up-to-date materials and a modern movement. The movement is the caliber 8L35, with a 50 hour power reserve, and water resistance is now 200 meters. SLA033 features a Zaratsu-polished bezel (Zaratsu poli...