Seiko Prospex SPB077 & SPB079 Dive Watches Hands-On




Seiko Prospex SPB077 & SPB079 Dive Watches Hands-On Hands-On


Vintage-inspired or reinterpreted dive watches certainly dominated Baselworld this year. Particularly charming examples include the Tudor Black Bay Fifty Eight, Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date ’70s, and the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Bronze to name a few. Not to be left behind, Seiko have released a three-piece collection as a modern reinterpretation of one of their earliest dive watches, the reference 6159. The original was launched in 1968 and featured the hi-beat Caliber 6159A, which was also featured in Grand Seiko models of this era. It also boasted water resistance of 300m, a greater depth than Rolex’s reference 5512 Submariners of this period could withstand. A faithful tribute to the reference 6159 is available in the form of the limited-edition Seiko Prospex SLA025 Hi-Beat 300m Dive Watch (covered here), but this model also comes with a hefty price tag to match. For those with tighter purse strings, the Seiko Prospex SPB077 and SPB079 dive watches are much more affordably priced, but sacrifice a fair bit of vintage flair and historical significance in the process.



Seiko Prospex SPB077 & SPB079 Dive Watches Hands-On Hands-On