The dust hasn’t yet settled from our New Year’s celebrations and we’ve already received word on three new timepieces from Seiko. The three watches come as a part of the new “Black Series” of diving watches from the brand’s “Prospex” line. The all-black style here is a welcome addition to Seiko’s supremely popular and accessible collection of divers.
The new series includes an automatic, three-handed diver with Seiko’s famous “turtle” case construction (SRPC49K1), a solar quartz chronograph (SSC673P1), and a solar quartz, time-only diver (SNE493P1).
All three of these are priced in an affordable range and are water resistant to 200 m. They feature a similar color scheme with a Lumibrite coating on the hour indices, a stainless steel case, Hardlex crystal, and a black silicone strap.
The lone automatic watch here, the SRPC49K1, uses the brand’s trusty 4R36 movement that has been previously used in various iterations of the fan-favorite “turtle” build. It has a power reserve of 41 hours. Although the SRPC49K1 will be the hero piece for most watch enthusiasts, the solar-powered SRPC49K1 and SNE493P1 have plenty to offer as well with good looks and power reserves of six and ten months respectively. In particular, the SNE493P1 presents a great value and is clearly a homage to noteworthy divers of the past.
Although Seiko has labeled each of these watches as a limited edition, we haven’t yet heard exactly how limited they will be or if they’re restricted to a certain market. The watches are priced at €490 (approximately $590 at time of publishing) for the Prospex Diver Automatic Turtle SRPC49K1, €380 (approximately $457 at time of publishing) for the Prospex Solar Diver SNE493P1, and €410 (approximately $495 at time of publishing) for the Prospex Solar Diver Chronograph SSC673P1.