Seiko’s very first professional diver, the 62MAS, was the subject of an emphatically popular reissue one year ago at Basel. Once again, Seiko looks to its enormous back-catalog for inspiration for a new diver reissue for 2018.
First, some history. In 1968, three years after the release of the 6217-8001 (aka the aforementioned 62MAS), Seiko released an upgraded professional diver. It doubled the water resistance to 300 meters. It was also Seiko’s first dive watch to feature a hi-beat movement, and it introduced a new case shape that would pave the way for the modern Marine Master 300. That influential Seiko reference (6159-7001) is now on the receiving end of a fairly faithful and handsome reissue (not limited!) in the form of the SPB077 and SPB079.