Seiko Introduces the Diver’s Watch 55th Anniversary “62MAS” and “6105”

More vintage-remake divers.

Seiko is marking the 55th anniversary of its first diver’s watch with remakes – yet again. The Prospex 1965 Diver’s Re-creation SLA043 modelled on the 62MAS 6217, while the Prospex 1970 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation SPB183 takes its cues from the 6105-8110.

Initial thoughts

Seiko is certainly not short on diver’s watches: it introduced the 55th anniversary trilogy in March, as well as a green-dial LX diver a few months later. This pair feels like two watches too many, especially since they aren’t that different from watches launched before.

1970 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation SPB183J1 (left), and 1965 Diver’s Re-creation SLA043J1

It’s a given that both possess all of the intrinsic appeal of Seiko dive watches – solid construction, excellent case finishing, and a robust movement. The two watches also enjoy strong historical legitimacy given Seiko’s immense track record in dive watches.

But not only does there seem to be too many Seiko limited editions, both are not quite as afforably priced as Seiko dive watches once were. They are still reasonably priced, but no longer as compelling.


The 1965 Diver’s Re-creation SLA043 is a remake of the first-ever Seiko dive watch, the 6217 “62MAS” of 1965. Like earlier 62MAS remakes, this is larger than the original at 39.9 mm in diameter.

Notably, it is slimmer than the remake from the diver’s watch trilogy launched earlier in the year, because this is powered by the 8L35 running at 4 Hz instead of the high-frequency 8L55 that beats at 5 Hz.

Like the watches of the trilogy, this has a case made of Ever-Brilliant Steel, an alloy with higher corrosion resistance than the typical stainless steel used for watch cases. And it also has a brighter, more silvery tone, as opposed to the greyish look of standard steels.


The more affordable 1970 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation SPB183 is based on the ref. 6105-8110, which was distinguished by its turtle-shaped case (and already remade last year).

The case and bezel are steel that’s been protected with Seiko’s proprietary, carbon-based “super hard coating” that improves its surface scratch resistance. And it has been enhanced by the Zaratsu polishing of the topmost edge of the bezel. Most commonly used to finish the entire case on Grand Seiko watches, Zaratsu is a technique for flat polishing that produces an extremely flat, mirror-finished surface.

This is powered by the 6R35, an automatic movement found in most of Seiko’s mid-range watches but still equipped with a convenient, 70-hour power reserve.

Key facts

Seiko Prospex 1965 Diver’s Re-creation “62MAS”
Ref. SLA043J1 (SBDX039 in Japan)

Diameter: 39.9 mm
Height: 14.1 mm
Material: Steel
Water resistance: 200 m

Movement: 8L35
Features: Hours, minutes, seconds, and date
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 50 hours

Strap: Black silicone with pin buckle; additional blue silicone strap

Limited edition: 1,700 watches
From November 2020 at Seiko boutiques and retailers
Price: US$4,500; or ¥480,000 (prices exclude tax)

Seiko 1970 Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation “6105”
Ref. SPB183J1 (SBDC123 in Japan)

Diameter: 42.7 mm
Height: 13.2 mm
Material: Steel
Water resistance: 200 m

Movement: 6R35
Features: Hours, minutes, seconds, and date
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 21,600 beats per hour (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 70 hours

Strap: Steel bracelet, and additional silicon strap

Limited edition: 5,500 watches
From November 2020 at Seiko boutiques and retailers
Price: US$1,400; or ¥150,000 (prices exclude tax)

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Panerai Introduces the Luminor GMT ION Singapore Edition PAM 1177

Dual time zone in red and grey.

A limited edition created to mark the opening of the revamped Panerai boutique in Singapore – which is now almost a decade old, having opened in 2011 – the Luminor GMT ION Special Edition PAM01177 is a variation on the standard-production PAM01033. Featuring a 44 mm case, it’s accented in red, the key colour of the Singapore national flag, and bears the island nation’s emblem on the case back.

Initial thoughts

The highlight of the new Luminor GMT are aesthetic tweaks – although Panerai is doing a red crown for the first time here. It is not majorly different, but the design is on point for a sports watch, with the red elements easily blending in without disrupting the typical clean style of the Luminor.

Despite the simplicity of the colour palette, it manages to stand apart from most current sports watches because it avoids being blue, the colour that’s all the rage now. And it is very much a contemporary Panerai in style, doing away with the heavily-traditional designs of the brand’s historically-inspired models.

With the tweaks being modest, it is priced reasonably as such things go. This costs S$13,850, about 7%, or S$900, over the standard PAM01033. But it’s worth keeping in mind the P.9010 inside the ION edition is a noticeably simpler movement than the P.9011 found in the PAM01033, lacking the power reserve indicator on the back for instance. Overall, it is a good-looking sports watch, though the simpler movement is a bit of a downer.

Singapore details

While not obvious at first glance, the national symbol of Singapore is found on both the case back and strap. On the case back it’s engraved writ large in the centre, while the leather strap is embossed with the emblem just below six o’clock. The red accents are also a nod to Singapore, with the red crown being the most unusual and a first for Panerai.

The rest of the watch is pretty much standard Panerai. The sandwich dial, quick-release lug bars, and screw-down case back are all appealing features that put this a step up from the brand’s entry-level Luminor “Logo” watches.

And the P.9010 inside has a three-day run time thanks to double barrels. But it loses the zero-reset seconds function and power reserve indicator found on the P.9011.

Key Facts and Prices

Panerai Luminor GMT ION Special Edition
Ref. PAM01177

Diameter: 44 mm
Height: Unavailable
Material: Stainless steel
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 300 m

Movement: Cal. P.9010
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, and GMT
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 72 hours

Strap: Calfskin with additional red rubber strap

Limited edition: 100 pieces
Availability: At Panerai Boutique in ION Orchard Mall
Price: 13,850 Singapore dollars (about US$10,200)

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