Seiko is channeling the Northern Lights with the colourful gradient dial of its latest dive watch.
The Prospex 1970 Mechanical Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation Limited Edition SLA063 uses a ‘delicate textured dial and subtle color gradation’ to represent the Aurora Borealis lights seen in polar skies.
The watch itself is a modern reworking of the model worn by Japanese adventurer Naomi Uemura – the first person to summit the highest mountains on five continents – on a solo 12,500km dog-sled run from Greenland to Alaska from 1974 to 1976.
Seiko mixes satin-brushed surfaces with polished lines across the stainless steel case and bracelet – treated to Seiko’s mysterious ‘super hard’ coating – to accentuate the watch’s silhouette, while pairing the dial with a muted blue dive bezel. The sapphire crystal features a dual curve and anti-reflective coating on the inside for maximum legibility.
The watch is water resistant to 200m and features Seiko’s automatic Caliber 8L35 and is supplied with a silicone strap featuring the same ‘train track’ pattern found on the 1970s original.
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