Seiko’s professional divers watches have made quite the name for themselves, ever since they were first introduced in 1965. This year, the seasoned Baselworld player, had its pavilion buzzing, courtesy their 2019 collection, including the extremely admirable Seiko Prospex LX Line. LX, hints at the Latin word for light and is a subtle nod to the way light is reflected in the broad, flat surfaces of each case. Inspired by Seiko’s 1968 Professional Diver’s watch, the LX Line is themed around three different environments – land, sea and sky.
Ken Okuyama, best known for his work in the automotive industry, is the man behind Seiko’s Prospex LX Line. Some of Ken’s work included overseeing several Ferrari designs (Including the ENZO) during his time at Pininfarina. At Baselworld 2019, Ken added, “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.”
All six watches under the LX line, have the robustness, legibility and reliability that every sport or adventure demands. The center of gravity of the 44.8mm case is lower so that the watches sits comfortably on any wrist. The upper side of the case is set at a more pronounced angle to allow the polished surfaces to shine more brightly.
The land version has a GMT hand and a compass bezel. The sky version also has a GMT hand and a bi-directional bezel for showing time in a third time zone and the sea version has a uni-directional bezel to indicate the length of diving. The sea versions, being diver’s watches (SNR029 and SNR031) have a water resistance of 300 meters, the air versions (reference SNR033 and SNR035) 100 meters and the land versions (reference SNR025 and SNR027) are water resistant to 200 meters.
In addition to three versions in a light color titanium, the LX line offers a special series of three all-black interpretations. Stripped of all color and reduced to its essentials, the simplicity and strength of the LX design asserts itself in this quietly dramatic design. The case is treated with a black super-hard coating and the flat surfaces are Zaratsu polished. The sky and land versions are presented on leather straps while the sea version is offered with a silicone strap.
Inside the case of these LX watches, is an advanced 5R Spring Drive caliber, which offers one-second a day precision alongside high levels of shock and temperature resistance and a power reserve of 72 hours. The models with a GMT hand are equipped with the calibre 5R66 movement while caliber 5R65 power the models without.
All six watches will be available at selected Seiko Boutiques and authorised retailers around the world from July 2019.
Seiko Prospex LX Line – LAND Versions
Seiko Prospex LX Line – SEA Versions
Seiko Prospex LX Line – SKY Versions
Caliber: Spring Drive GMT 5R66 (SNR025, 027, 033, 035) Spring Drive 5R65 (SNR029, 031)
Driving system: Automatic
Power reserve: 72 hours
Accuracy: ±1 second per day (±15 seconds per month) GMT hand (SNR025, 027, 033, 035)
Number of jewels: 30 jewels
Titanium case and bracelet with super-hard coating (SNR025, 029, 033) Titanium case with black super-hard coating (SNR027, 031, 035) Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating (SNR029, 031)
Sapphire crystal with super-clear coating (SNR025, 027, 033, 035) Screw-down crown, screw case back
Water resistance: 300m saturation diver’s (SNR029, 031), 20bar (SNR025, 027), 10bar (SNR033, 035) Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 44.8 mm
Thickness: 14.7 mm (SNR025, 027, 033, 035) 15.7mm (SNR029, 031)
Titanium bracelet with three-fold clasp with push button release and slide adjuster (SNR025, 029) Titanium bracelet with three-fold clasp with push button release (SNR033)
Calf strap (SNR027), Silicone strap (SNR031), Crocodile strap (SNR035)
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe:
€5,100 (SNR025, 027), €6,100 (SNR029, 031), €5,600 (SNR033, 035)