Watch lovers and serious divers alike know that Seiko makes some of the finest dive watches money can buy. The Japanese brand’s strength in the category touches virtually every price point, from its high-end Grand Seiko watches, which can cost thousands of dollars, to its affordable, quartz-powered “Orange Monster.” Today, we have two new models from Seiko’s upmarket Prospex sport line that strike a perfect balance between high-quality Seiko engineering and unrivaled value.
The Seiko Prospex SPB077 and SPB079, now available in the HODINKEE Shop, are both fantastic and affordable dive watches. Their differences come down to the use of a black rubber strap or stainless steel bracelet, as well as the color of the bezel. The SPB077 has a black bezel and a stainless steel bracelet, while the SBP079 comes with a metallic blue bezel and a black rubber strap.
Each of these timepieces features a design that is loosely based on the reference 6159 diver from 1968. You may remember that this historical piece was also presented as a vintage reissue this year in the form of the SLA025, a limited edition featuring a Hi-Beat movement similar to those found in high-end Grand Seiko models.
While the SLA025 was limited to 1,500 pieces and cost $5,400, the SPB077 and SPB079 deliver similar looks, feature a great Seiko-manufactured automatic movement, and are not limited editions. They cost just $1,050 and $850 respectively, making these truly wonderful options for those new to mechanical watches, or young collectors looking for that first nice timepiece. And because each of these models is a robust tool watch with 200 meters of water resistance, they can be everyday watches too.
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