It was in 1965 that Seiko unveiled their first professional diver’s watch, thus marking the beginning of a long, established tradition as the maker of tough, high-quality, performance-based sport watches. Developing on this reputation, the Japanese brand recently released their new, uber cool Seiko Prospex LX Line — a collection of six models aimed at taking on high-energy sporting action across the land, sea and even the sky.
The new collection takes its inspiration from the acclaimed watchmaker’s very popular Prospex line. As the abbreviated form of professional specification, Prospex carries with it a high-end design aesthetic that is reflected in these new interpretations, as well. What raises this line to another level is the modern execution that lends these models a luxurious look while providing a high level of precision with the help of Spring Dive mechanical technology.
The word ‘LX’, taken from the Latin word for light, highlights the manner in which light reflects off the surface of the broad, flat surfaces of the cases — raised for a more impactful effect, the Zaratsu-polished cases of these models emit a bright sheen at every possible angle. Their low centres of gravity, however, mean that they sit perfectly on every wrist.
The super sleek design of the Seiko Prospex LX Line can be credited to the artistic vision of Ken Okuyama, also renowned as the erstwhile designer for Ferrari. “My aim was to take the unique inheritance and integrity that Seiko has built in sports watches over the decades and to bring them alive in a design that has simplicity, harmony, power and presence. The Prospex LX is a true Seiko with a thoroughly contemporary feel,’’ said Okuyama.
The six models have been divided into three series of two each. While some technical specifications do vary depending on the intended usage, each of the timepieces is made of titanium and possesses a sizable 44.8mm case. All the watches also feature a 5R65 or 5R66 caliber that offers an enviable 72-hour power reserve.
Prospex LX Land Series
Aimed at the intrepid explorer who enjoys surface-based activities, this series comprises the SNR025 and black SNR027 models. The uniqueness of these watches lies in an engraved, bi-directional compass bezel, which is ideal for finding directions, as well as the yellow-coloured GMT hand.
Prospex LX Sea Series
Designed to capture the seafarer’s heart, the SNR029 and black SNR031 enhance the models’ diving functions by reinforcing the case with a 15.7mm thickness and the ability to withstand pressure 300 metres under water. The ceramic, uni-directional bezel allows divers to time the duration of their dive.
Prospex LX Sky Series
Perfectly suited for pilots and frequent fliers, the SNR033 and black SNR035 offers wearers the option of checking different time zones within its dial and bi-directional bezel. The titanium model even has a blue and black ceramic insert that helps distinguish between day and night.