Summer is pretty much all but over, yet it’s still scorching hot and unbearably sweaty in many parts of the country. To help you beat the heat and cool off while we wait for the seasons to change and the chilly days of fall to arrive, we’re adding three new ice-cold Seiko Prospex ‘Save The Ocean’ divers to the Windup Watch Shop, and each one draws its aesthetic inspiration from arctic structures and freezing polar waters.
First launched in 2018, the Seiko ‘Save The Ocean’ series is updated each year, and it reimagines some of the brand’s most famous Prospex dive watches to create special edition timepieces that help support a variety of different marine conservation efforts all over the world. Each one of the new ‘Save The Ocean’ Prospex models is based upon a different iconic dive watch from Seiko’s archives, and each one of this year’s trio features an ice-textured dial in a different color as a tribute to the arctic divers and polar explorers who proudly wear Seiko watches.
Despite all having different case shapes and numerous other aesthetic differences, all three of the new Seiko Prospex ‘Save The Ocean’ models are powered by the brand’s reliable 6R35 automatic movement, and they feature stainless steel cases that are finished with Seiko’s proprietary Super Hard coating for superior scratch resistance. Additionally, all three of the new ‘Save The Ocean’ models include 20mm lugs, scratch-resistant sapphire crystals, 200-meter depth ratings, and stainless steel bracelets fitted with folding clasp that feature built-in wetsuit extension systems.
Seiko SPB297 - 1965 Diver's Modern Re-interpretation ‘Save the Ocean’ Special Edition
Up first among this year’s trio of ‘Save The Ocean’ Prospex divers is the Seiko SPB297, which is based upon the classic 40.5mm case of the 1965 “62MAS” re-interpretation diver and pays tribute to the very first Seiko dive watch model ever created. However, rather than adhering to a traditional colorway such as black or gray, the Seiko Prospex SPB297 features its classic black bezel insert paired with a dark blue dial that features an engraved ice-textured motif throughout the entirety of its surface.
Seiko SPB299 - 1968 Diver's Modern Re-interpretation ‘Save the Ocean’ Special Edition
Next within the lineup of this year’s ‘Save The Ocean’ Prospex divers and moving further down the line within the brand’s dive watch history is the Seiko SPB299, which draws its core inspiration from the vintage reference 6159 “Hi-Beat” diver that was first released in 1968. Again, rather than featuring a traditional black colorway for both the dial and bezel fitted to its 42mm case, the Seiko Prospex SPB299 gets the ‘Save The Ocean’ treatment with an ice blue textured dial paired with a glossy deep blue bezel insert.
Seiko SPB301 - 1970 Diver's Modern Re-interpretation ‘Save the Ocean’ Special Edition
Rounding out the trio of this year’s special edition ‘Save The Ocean’ Prospex divers is the Seiko SPB301, which uses the 42.7mm case of the “Captain Willard” reference 6105 re-edition model as the basis for its ice-themed aesthetic. Rather than being fitted with a black dial and matching black bezel insert like the original version that was first released in 1970, the Seiko Prospex SPB301 receives a bright blue bezel insert paired with a striking ice white glacier-textured dial.