Seiko’s partnership with PADI – Special Edition Diver's watch collection
Seiko is one of the world’s most recognisable watch brands, regarded for their ingenuity, technological advancements and high quality. Since 1965, Seiko have been designing and producing innovative and high calibre diver’s watches. They introduced the world’s first titanium diver’s watch in 1975, the first ceramic outer case in 1986 and also the first Nitrox Dive Computer watch in 2000 earning them trust, credibility and prominence in the diver’s community.
Coincidentally created just a few months after Seiko’s first divers watch was launched, PADI is the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and over the past 50 years have become the world’s most trusted diving training organisation. With PADI having trained over 136,000 qualified instructors across the globe and issued 24 million certificates, it has made exciting and most importantly safe diving accessible to anyone whether it be professional or recreational.
Any professional diver will be familiar with both Seiko watches and PADI so it makes sense for the two to join ranks and lend their names to the ultimate divers watch. Both companies share a passion for ensuring safety, quality, and excellent time keeping and to celebrate the partnership, Seiko have launched not one, but two Prospex PADI Special Edition watches.
The first of the two watches in the collection is the Seiko Prospex PADI Automatic Diver's SRPA21K1, reminiscent of Seiko’s fondly nicknamed ‘turtle’ watch, first introduced to us in 1976.
The calibre 4R36 mechanical movement works hard to promise a power reserve of 41 hours and is encased in stainless steel that is 45mm wide and 13.4mm thick. The case is linked to a heavy duty stainless steel bracelet with a threefold clasp and secure lock for easy wear and exceptional security, complete with diver’s extension, allowing the watch to be easily worn over a wetsuit.
The red and blue uni-directional ‘Pepsi’ bezel have Seiko’s classic stamp and of course the PADI logo is front and centre on the very minimal Hardlex crystal protected dial.
The watch is of course 200m water resistant and has an anti-magnetic case resistance of 4,800 A/m.
The second of the two is the Seiko Prospex Special Edition PADI Kinetic GMT Diver SUN065P1. This Kinetic watch with a calibre 5M85 movement, almost a hybrid of an automatic and quartz is powered by the wearers wrist actions, with the movement charging a cell inside the watch, giving the wearer up to 6 months power reserve.
The more robust look of this watch is thanks to the two piece case that Seiko have developed after feedback from many divers. The case design provides protection of the bezel against knocks and general abrasion whilst diving.
The SUN065P1 is slightly bigger than the SRPA21K1, with the case measuring 47.5mm wide and 14.1mm thick, again in stainless steel but alternatively sits on a very tactile black silicone diver’s strap.
It is also 200m water resistant and has a very fitting underwater theme with stunning blue uni-directional bezel with PADI once again lending its logo to the blue dial, complete with red accents.
The subtle pusher above the screw down crown adjusts the GMT hand, perfect for any divers travelling through different time zones on an expedition.
Whether under water or on land, both watches make an eye catching statement and promise both recreational and professional divers style and practicality.
Although Seiko have been making diver’s watches since 1965 and have become synonymous with the sport, the PADI endorsement really cements the brands quality standard and reputation they have gained within the diving world.
‘Special Edition’ in this instance means that the Seiko Prospex Special Edition PADI watches will not be produced in a very limited number but rather with selective distribution. Here at Creative Watch Co we are thrilled to stock these very sought after pieces alongside our extensive Seiko range. Head to our website to order or pop into our showroom to get your hands on one or maybe both watches for the release date in Autumn.