Posted on April 06 2020
SEIKO PROSPEX SPB083J1 MEN'S WATCH
Following up from a successful release of the SPB077J1 and SPB079J1, Seiko’s next step to release another variant of the successful modern diver was a predictable one. This special edition release (albeit not limited or numbered) comes in the form of the Seiko Prospex SPB083J1 or what some may call, the Great Blue Hole-MM200. Is this new addition to Seiko’s expansive family of divers worth owning? Let’s find out.
First impressions of this watch, as with most of Seiko’s offerings these days are great, right off the bat after strapping this watch on, the first thing you’ll notice is the unique dial. The stunning unburst blue has a multi directional gradient to it, catching and reflecting the light at different angles. Speaking of the dial, it is certainly inspired from the Seiko 6159-7001 and the Marine Master MM300 SBDX017. The round markers and the distinctive indices at 12 O clock are evidently lifted from its predecessors. The case and lugs design are close to its predecessors and would have easily sealed the deal on why it would be called the MM200 in reference to the MM300 of its ancestors.
The overall case diameter of the SPB083J1 sits at a relatively large 44mm with a 20mm lug width. It is protected by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal and its case is treated with Seiko’s Diashield coating, ensuring improved scratch and corrosion resistance. Right out the box, the SPB083J1 comes with 2 straps, a stainless-steel bracelet and a silicone dive strap. The stainless-steel strap comes with a dive extension for easier fitting over a wetsuit as well as a very secure fold over safety clasp.
Power comes from Seiko’s trusty Caliber 6R15 automatic, a step up from the 4R Caliber. And as expected, the movement comes with hacking, hand winding and a modestly beefy 50 hours of power reserve and a respectable 21,600 VPH (3HZ) frequency.
The Seiko Prospex SPB083J1 is a real eye-catcher compared to its siblings, the SPB077 and SPB079, thanks mainly to its unique sunburst blue dial. The watch retails for $2059.80, for more information and deals, do check out our website or feel free to drop us an inquiry on Facebook.