In 1979, Martin Sheen wore the original Seiko 6105-8110/9 during his portrayal of Captain Willard in the movie sensation Apocalyspe Now, the film also featured legendary actor Marlon Brando. Ever since then, the watch earned the nickname “Captain Willard”, and has become one of the most iconic dive watches ever. Realizing its popularity over the last four decades, Seiko has finally unveiled a modern version of the “Captain Willard:” the Prospex 1970 Diver’s Re-Creation Limited Edition SLA033.
While the new SLA033 measures at 45mm, just slightly larger than its predecessor (44mm), it is nonetheless a faithful adaptation of the legendary original. The crown on the new model is also iconically located at 4 o’clock position and sits tightly between bulky crown guards, while the design of the bezel and dial remains largely unchanged. The water resistance has been increased to 200 meters from the original 150 meters, with the case incorporating a super-hard coating. The dial is protected by a dual-curved sapphire crystal, finished with an anti-reflective coating. Of course, with four decades on the last model, the movement has now been upgraded with a 8L35 automatic caliber movement. The watch also holds a power reserve of 50 hours, and will be hand-assembled by Seiko in Japan — limited to only 2,500 units.
The Seiko Prospex 1970 Diver’s Re-Creation Limited Edition SLA033 will be available some time in July and will retail for $4,250 USD.
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