Now that it’s officially 2023, we can celebrate 110 years of Seiko watches by asking: can you ever really have too much of a good thing? When it comes to Prospex divers, apparently not. To mark this occasion, Seiko turns to their newest range of slim divers in the SPB313, 315, and 317 realm (a watch we introduced here) with the release of a limited edition SPB333 that gets a special dial and bezel treatment, suitable to honor the anniversary, as well as the intricate nature of the brand’s recent dial work seen across their model range. Whatever the excuse for this LE, we’ll take the end result, as this platform was among our favorite dive watch releases of 2022.
Seiko has taken inspiration from the polar glaciers for this release, capturing their power and beauty in the texture of the dial. The watch is devoid of color, opting instead for a palette of whites, grays, and blacks. The silver and white dial gets a striated texture alluding to the unseen depth of its inspiration. Setting the themes and symbolism aside, it’s a beautiful aesthetic that works as well as you might expect in a watch like this, and it’s helped in no small part by the restrained level of contrast at use around it.