The Seiko Prospex ‘Save The Ocean Manta Ray Edition’, King Samurai 200M Automatic watch is the second release for Seiko’s King series collection in 2020.
For those who are not familiar with the ‘Save The Ocean’ special edition watches, they are from an on-going collaborating partnership between Seiko & underwater explorer/ conservationist Fabien Cousteau, with the initiative to spread awareness to preserve and to protect our planet’s waters, coastal areas, and marine habitats.
The design of the dial and colors used is yet again oceanic theme related. The manta rays were used for this years ‘save the ocean’ design. Just like the ‘King Turtle’ series collection, the ‘King Samurai’ are getting the same upgrades such as the 44mm case, 200m water resistance, 4R35 movement, and of course the sapphire crystal and ceramic bezel.
The King Samurai has a more simple date movement with the in-house Seiko caliber 4R35 automatic. Over the date display on the dial is a cyclops magnifier on the sapphire crystal. The automatic movement operates at 3Hz with 41 hours of power reserve.
The highlight for the Manta Ray Edition King Samurai has got to be the blue gradient textured dial. The transition of the color from almost black around the dial, to an oceanic blue color towards the middle where you will find not one, but several manta rays in the middle of the deep blue sea.
The bezel is also one of the newly introduced black ceramic insert, along with Seiko’s large printed markings on it in contrasting white color markings. Once again, Seiko had another great success with the second release of its King series collection, King Samurai.
Among the special Manta Rays edition, there are two other versions that were also released, the Seiko Prospex King Samurai SRPE35K1 & SRPE37K1 Watches. The white-dial SRPE37K1 comes in a silicon strap for $595 and the black-dial SRPE35K1 is $625.
Watch enthusiasts must be pleased with the ceramic insert and sapphire crystal upgrades, hence the cost for the upgrades are only about a 100USD price difference, which you certainly won’t find much people would complain about.
Brand : SEIKO
Code : SRPE33K
Gender : Male
Face Colour : Blue
Case Shape : Round
Water Resistance : 200m / 20ATM / 640ft
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Case Diameter : 43.8mm
Case Thickness : 12.8mm
Crystal/Glass Type : Sapphire Crystal
Strap/Bracelet Type : Stainless Steel Bracelet
Clasp Type : Push Button Buckle
Calendar : Date
Watch Movement : Automatic
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Written by Sam
Photo by Toni