Seiko Prospex Save the Ocean Special Editions, References SPB297, SPB299 and SPB301

Seiko introduces three new Prospex Save the Ocean Special Edition watches featuring Heritage designs with dials inspired by the landscapes and seascapes of the Arctic and Antarctic.

Seiko Prospex Save the Ocean Special Editions, References SPB297, SPB299 and SPB301
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These new models are the modern reinterpretation of the legendary diving watches of the 1960s and 1970s. Each one has a dial that evokes a different shade of glacial ice, from deep blue to white.

Seiko Prospex Save the Ocean Special Edition, Reference SPB297
Seiko Prospex Save the Ocean Special Edition, Reference SPB297/ Image Credit: Seiko Watch Corporation

SPB297 is inspired by the first Seiko diver’s watch, created in 1965. It features a 40.5mm diameter stainless steel case. Its intricately patterned dial reflects the power and beauty of polar glaciers. The deep-blue dial watch is based on Seiko’s first diver’s watch from 1965 which proved its reliability when used by members of the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition from 1966 to 1969.

Seiko Prospex Save the Ocean Special Edition, Reference SPB299
Seiko Prospex Save the Ocean Special Edition, Reference SPB299/ Image Credit: Seiko Watch Corporation

SPB299 is a new re-interpretation of the landmark 1968 diver’s watch which was the first Seiko watch with 300m water resistance and a 10-beat automatic movement. This 42.0mm diameter stainless steel timepiece features a light blue dial and a darker blue bezel.

Seiko Prospex Save the Ocean Special Edition, Reference SPB301
Seiko Prospex Save the Ocean Special Edition, Reference SPB301/ Image Credit: Seiko Watch Corporation

SPB301 is a re-interpretation of the watch worn by Naomi Uemura in the 1970’s. It has a stainless steel case measuring 42.7mm diameter. A white dial is encased in the same distinctive shaped case as the 1970 classic which proved its strength and endurance when worn by the Japanese adventurer Naomi Uemura in the years 1974 to 1976 when he completed a 12,500km solo dog-sled run from Greenland to Alaska.

All three watches are powered by the Seiko self-winding Caliber 6R35 which delivers a power reserve of 70 hours. They are 200 meter water resistant and are presented on steel bracelets with secure clasps and extenders. The cases have a super-hard coating and the crystals are of sapphire with an anti-reflective coating on the inner surface to ensure high legibility from every angle. All twelve indexes have a generous coating of Lumibrite, as do the hands, to maximize legibility in the dark.

These three new watches from the Seiko Prospex Save the Ocean series will be available at the Seiko Boutiques and selected retail stores worldwide from June 2022.

Technical details

Collection: Seiko Prospex Save the Ocean Special Editions

References
SPB297: 1965 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation
SPB299: 1968 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation
SPB301: 1970 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation

Movement
Caliber 6R35
Driving system: Automatic
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
Power reserve: 70 hours
Number of jewels: 24

Case
Stainless steel case with super-hard coating
Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw-down crown, screw case back
Lumibrite on hands and indexes
Water resistance: 200m diver’s
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter 40.5mm, Thickness: 13.2mm (SPB297)
Diameter 42.0mm, Thickness: 12.5mm (SPB299)
Diameter 42.7mm, Thickness: 13.2mm (SPB301)

Bracelet
Super hard-coated stainless steel bracelet with three-fold clasp with push button release, secure lock and extender

Price
Approximate recommended retail prices in Europe: €1,300 (SPB297, 299), €1,400 (SPB301)