This year marks the 55th anniversary for Seiko’s involvement with divers watch, and of course there should be no surprises that Seiko’s first diver, the 62MAS, has been revived once again to commemorate their success in the watch industry. With the reference as the grandfather of all Seiko’s divers watch, the influence it had for Seiko watch models to comes in terms of design, measurements, and even the specifications are bound to be somewhat similar to its ancestor. The latest 62MAS reissued makeover are available in four different versions:
- SPB143J1 – grey dial, white bezel scale, stainless steel bracelet
- SPB145J1 – green dial, white bezel scale, stainless steel bracelet (not photographed here)
- SPB147J1 – dark brown ‘gilt’ dial, cream bezel scale, black silicone strap
- SPB149J1 – blue dial, white bezel scale, stainless steel bracelet and blue silicone strap included – this version is a limited edition of 5,500 pieces
Since we have plans on creating a mold for the new 62MAS watch models, we’ve acquired both the SPB147 & SPB149 for the production project.
Of the four versions of the new re-issued 62MAS watches, the SPB147 is one of the two normal versions, and the SB147 is also two of the four that comes in a modernized silicone interpretation of the straps that were made in the 60s by Seiko, commonly known as the “tire track” rubber strap.
If I had the choice to choose between the four new 62MAS watch models, it would definitely be the SPB147 model. The color of the root-beer dial is what caught my attention initially.
You don’t often see brown color dials nowadays, and with the combination of a warm brown sunburst with gilt hands, indices, dial text, and bezel markers along a creme color bezel, the entire look of the watch gives off the vintage feel like no other.
Of course, the SPB147 is also the cheapest compared to the other three models that was released at the same time. Let’s be honest, the cheaper the price, the better, so we can all save a little extra to spend on alternative watchbands.
We were fortunate enough to get our hands on the SPB149J1 limited edition of 5,500 copies, so more details about the specific model will be mentioned. The connection with the new 62MAS to the original Seiko dive watch is obvious, with the blocky case sides, squared-off lugs and prominent crown at 3 o’clock. While the crown was originally placed there, by 1968, Seiko had shifted the crown to the 4 o’clock position that we are used to seeing to this day.
The black 60-minute bezel is also consistent and greatly resembles with the original from 1965. However, in the new Seiko SPB149J1 model, it is much wider which frames the dark blue dial. The dial of the Seiko SPB149J is finished with a sunburst that radially casts light across the surface.
Each of the hour markers are thickened and bulked, which resembles greatly to the original 62MAS. One of my personal favorite with the SPB149J1 is definitely the gold color used on the seconds hand, which is the same as the color used on the texts”Diver’s 200m”.
Another change with the New 62MAS is that the bracelet come in a brushed stainless steel bracelet, instead of the tropic-style rubber strap. However, the SPB149J1 includes both the rubber strap and stainless steel bracelet.
Another obvious difference, though you can’t see it, is the movement. The Seiko SPB149J1 is powered by the caliber 6R35, which boosts up to 70 hours of power reserve.
The screw-down crown guarantees 200m of water resistance, another upgrade from the original which was 150m. Of course, not every change is bound to be a crowdpleaser as the SPB149J1 also comes with a higher price slightly higher than usual at $1,350. However, the fact that it comes with both steel bracelet and an additional silicone strap, which adds some value back in. The SPB149J is limited to 5,500 pieces worldwide, the SPB149J1 seems like this is the closest 62MAS-inspired reissue that Seiko enthusiasts have been finally waiting for.
Model: Prospex Diver
Reference Number: SPB143
(black with bracelet), SPB145 (brown/grey dial Boutique Edition), SPB147
(brown/gilt) SPB149 (blue dial limited edition).
Lug to Lug: 47.6mm
Case Material: Steel (with
Seikos “super hard coating”)
Dial Color: Multiple, see
“Reference Number” (above)
Lume: Seiko’s LumiBrite
Water Resistance: 200 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Silicone strap or stainless bracelet
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Written by Sam
Photo by Toni