Given Seiko’s rich lineage and the hunger of today’s watch-head for neo-vintage throwbacks, it should come as no surprise that Seiko continues to look to its back catalog for inspiration. Sometimes, that inspiration lends itself to a near-exact reproduction of a timepiece long gone. As fun as that can be for the Seiko faithful, I personally also really enjoy it when brands—and Seiko in particular—take past concepts and riff on them to make something new. Seiko’s been doing that with the “Tuna” for quite some time now.
A Seiko icon, the Ref. 6159-7010 “Tuna” (earning this nickname because of its size and the distinct shape of the case shroud) made its debut all the way back in 1975, and in the decades since we’ve seen numerous iterations on that initial design. More recently in Seiko’s Prospex range, we’ve seen numerous solar-powered takes on that concept, and Seiko has just announced three new, online-only editions of their shrouded solar dive watch—introducing the Prospex “Street Series” Solar collection.
There are three references making up this new series: SNE537 (gray), SNE535 (olive), and SNE533 (navy). These watches are sporty and playful, and with the in-house V157 solar caliber (10 months of runtime on a full charge), they’re entirely practical, too.