Seiko SPB151 & SPB153 ‘Captain Willard’ 2020

strapcode watch bands Seiko Prospex SPB153 (left) and SPB151
Seiko Prospex SPB153 (left) and SPB151 (right) Photo Credit: Professionalwatches

After months of talking about picking up a new watch, I think I’ve finally found the one that suits me best. As I have mentioned over and over again about how I wanted a green color watch.

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The Seiko Prospex SPB151 & SPB153 are the reincarnation of the Seiko 6105-8110, which was nick named ‘Captain Willard’, from the american classic war film, Apocalypse Now, which was worn by the movie actor, ‘Martin Sheen’.

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Another fame that the Seiko 6105-8110 was recognized for was because it was worn by one of Japan’s most popular and well respected explorer, ‘Naomi Uemura ‘. The Seiko 6105-8110 accompanied the famous Japanese explorer on many of his well known explorations.

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For instance, Uemura went on a one-man dog-sledge run from Greenland to Alaska, a journey of 12,000 km that took 18 months. He was the first person to reach the North Pole alone. He was also the first to descend the Amazon river in a boat, and the first to ascend the North American Denali Mountain in winter – the third most prominent and solitary peak of the world.

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For those who did not know, this was actually the second time that the ‘Captain Willard’ was re-issued. The first re-issue was introduced back in 2019, as the SLA033. Of course, there are differences between the two re-issue models, but we’ll leave it up to you to decide whether the changes are worth the price differences.

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The original 6105-8110 came in at 44mm while the stainless steel cases of the SPB151 & SPB153 models measure to 42.7mm. Slimming down the watch case and widening them with 20mm lugs, so they can be worn more securely and it opens up a ton of aftermarket choices of bracelets to choose from.

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In terms of the price and specifications, the latest ‘Captain Willard’ was much easier to approach than the previous re-issue. The price for the newest re-issue ‘Captain Willard’ was where I’ve made the decision for my next purchase. The price is nearly a quarter of the previous re-issue, SLA033 model at 1100.00USD (SPB153) and 1300.00USD(SPB151).

strapcode watch bands Seiko Prospex 'Captain Willard' Reissues SPB153 Diver Watch
Seiko Prospex ‘Captain Willard’ Reissues SPB153 Diver Watch

SPB151 & SPB153

Specifications:
Gender: Gents
Movement: Seiko Automatic Caliber 6R35
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Frequency: 21,600 VPH
Jewels: 24 jewels
Water Resistance: 20 bar / 200 meters / 650 ft

Case:
Material: Stainless steel case with super-hard coating with olive green bezel
Diameter: 42.7 mm
Thickness: 13 mm
Crystal: Sapphire Crystal with anti-reflective coating
Caseback: Closed caseback

Dial:
Design: Olive green dial
Hands: Steel hands with LumiBrite
Markers: Lumibrite hour markers

Bracelet:
Black silicone strap

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Written by Sam

Photo by Toni

@strapcode team

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