This commemorative watch echoes the design of the 1970 original but is thoroughly modern in execution. The patterned dial evokes the mountainous terrain that Uemura so loved, and the dial and bezel are in the blue tones of the earth’s upper atmospheric layers that only those who, like him, have been to the roof of the world can see. Uemura was the first person in the world to reach the summits of the highest mountains on all five continents. The case sides are carefully polished and the watch is presented on a five row steel bracelet to create a modern sharp profile. Thanks to the positioning of the calendar between four and five o’clock, all twelve hour markers have a generous coating of Lumibrite, as do the hands, to maximise legibility in the dark.
This Uemura inspired timepiece is powered by Caliber 8L35, which was designed especially for diver’s watches by the watchmakers at the Shizukuishi Watch Studio in northern Japan. The case has a super-hard coating to protect the watch from scratches and the crystal is a dualcurved sapphire with anti-reflective coating on the inner surface to ensure high legibility from every angle. The watch has enhanced water resistance to 200 meters. An alternative silicone strap that has the same train track pattern as the original is also offered.
In addition to the limited edition that celebrates the 80th anniversary of Naomi Uemura’s birth, a gray dialed version joins the Prospex collection. The watch shares the same textured pattern dial as the limited edition but is in a charcoal gray color that is similar to the 1970 original. It shares the same case design, features and specifications as the commemorative watch and will also be available at the Seiko Boutiques and selected retail partners worldwide in July 2021.
Seiko Prospex The Naomi Uemura 80th Anniversary Limited Edition: SLA049
Seiko Prospex The 1970’s Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation: SLA051
Driving system: Automatic
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second)
Power reserve: 50 hours
Number of jewels: 26
Stainless steel case and bracelet with super-hard coating
Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw case back. Screw-down crown
Water resistance: 200m diver’s
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 44.0mm, Thickness: 13.0mm
Three-fold clasp with push button release, secure lock and extender
Silicone strap included (SLA049)
Approximate recommended United States retail prices:
SLA049: $3,100, Limited Edition 1,200 pieces