Posted by JoeAZFT on 25th Mar 2015
Seiko Prospex Marine Master 1000m SBDX014: Hands On
Another new Prospex model being introduced for Seiko's 50th Anniversary of dive watches will be their infamous Marinemaster Tuna Can 1000m, with 8L35 movement. A first for the US market to see, the SBDX014 will have rose gold accents, a ceramic shroud and extra-strength silicone strap.
With now 50 years of experience, Seiko's dive watches have become renowned in the industry for reliability. The original Tuna Can design was created due to a letter Seiko received from a professional diver in Kure, Japan, and had met all the requirements needed to aid him in his deep dives. This design, now famous amongst watch collectors has be released in a new form for Seiko fans.
Like its predecessor from 1975, this new Prospex Marinemaster Professional will feature its dual layered case construction with titanium utilized for inner components and ceramic for its outer case making it scratch resistant and enhances shock resistance. This ceramic shroud also helps protect the bezel as well as preventing it from moving when it is not supposed to.
They implement the L-Shaped gasket to prevent helium from entering the case while diving and also add a new form of Lumibrite which has a duration up to 60% longer then previous versions. The SBDX014 also uses thick sapphire crystal with an anti-fogging/anti-reflective coating, assuring incredible legibility.
The case in full measures out 48.2mm wide and 17.4mm thick. The watch essentially wears like a tuna can on the wrist, which is where its nickname derives. The watch still wears comfortable on the wrist and has a short lug to lug length due to its virtually lug-less design.
The caliber found inside is Seiko's in-house manufactured 8L35, with a rate of 28,800 bph, 26 jewels, and over 50 hour power reserve. This mechanical self-winding movement is made at Shizukuishi watch studio in Morioka, Japan and has proven itself as a durable and reliable caliber for these professional dive watches. Recently, Seiko launched a video showing the durability of these 1000m divers, with a similar piece reaching over 3,000m depth before effecting performance. You can see this video at the end of the post.
The Seiko Prospex Marinemaster Professional SBDX014 is estimated to arrive in the US sometime around August. The price will roughly be estimated to come in just under $4,000. This piece is currently available for pre-order. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996 to do so.