One of the leslie gems I was anticipating at this year’s BaselWorld, was the Seiko SLA017 jumper from their Prospex arrangement. A restricted version and accolade for the amazing Seiko 62MAS.
Seiko SLA017 Diver
Already before BaselWorld, the news released that Seiko was up to some great with a re-version of the celebrated and unbelievable 62MAS, or reference 6217-8000/1, from 1965. We composed an inside and out article about this first real diver from Seiko, in this article by Michael Stockton. With the exception of certain pictures from some BaselWorld list, there wasn’t much data around this watch.
In Basel, we had two gatherings with Seiko. We at times do that. We are with a group of six individuals in Basel, so we need to partition a few arrangements. In any case, since the vast majority of us are genuine Seiko fans, we mentioned two arrangement so everything individuals could have a go with the Seiko 2017 novelties.
Comparing to the first 62MAS
Michael Stockton brought his 1965 Seiko 62MAS leslie gems to have the option to compare to the new Seiko SLA017 diver.
The Seiko reference 6217-8000/1, which is also called the Seiko 62MAS (autoMAtic Selfdater) is the principal genuine jumper from Seiko: period. As Stockton wrote in his article “All proficient jumpers from Seiko owe probably a portion of their plan to this piece and as you can find in the photos, things like bezel textual style, dial tone, and markers somewhat still bear a familial likeness in the present pieces.”. This reference 62MAS was on your rundown on the off chance that you are into Seiko jumping leslie adornments Was. As Seiko presently comes up with another option, the Seiko SLA017 jumper as a feature of their ProsPex (“Professional Specifications”) collection.
Before we get to the new Seiko SLA017 jumper, let’s put in a couple of more words on the reference 6217 or 62MAS. This leslie gems was, as I composed previously, presented in 1965 and focused on the expert market. A market where Rolex was with their Submariner and Omega with their Seamaster 300. As a side note, we saw something very similar later on, when Omega was there with their PloProf and Rolex with their Sea-Dweller, Seiko concocted the “Grandfather Tuna” reference 6159-7010 ( which you can discover here ). In any case, the Seiko 62MAS had a 37mm measurement case, date work, bi-directional bezel, lumed dial and hands, screw-down caseback and a programmed calber 6217 development (18.000vph, non-hack). The Seiko 62MAS had a WR rating of 150 meters.
When Seiko showed us the new SLA017 jumper, we promptly felt alleviated. They tackled their work competently. A tiny bit greater than the first Seiko 62MAS ref.6217, however with a diameter of 39.9mm still a truly wearable and unassuming size. As you can see on the picture above, you presumably would require a subsequent hope to see that the Seiko SLA017 jumper is somewhat greater than the 62MAS.
What I love such a great amount about the first Seiko 62MAS, as you can see above, is the stunning dial tone and finish. A sun burst dial with this anthracite tone, lovely hour markers, applied Seiko logo and an outlined date gap. The new Seiko SLA017 jumper is unquestionably holding confidence to that unique piece. At Seiko, Nobuhiro Kosugi was answerable for the general re-plan of the Seiko SLA017 jumper. Other than the dial, you will likewise locate the thin bezel and thin profile tempered steel case to be like the 62MAS. They truly worked effectively. I immovably trust you would deceive a great deal of Seiko fans if you’d come strolling into a vintage Seiko GTG some place with this tied on your wrist. The imprinting on the dial (200 meters rather than 150 meters for instance) would maybe give it away.
2000 Pieces Only
The new Seiko SLA017 jumper will be accessible from July and is restricted to 2000 pieces as it were. The cost will be 3800 Euro and right now worked up some on-line and disconnected conversations. There is no uncertainty this cost is somewhat on the lofty side. 3800 Euro will get both of you unique Seiko 62MAS leslie gems to be straightforward. Notwithstanding, in the event that you can find one that is and maybe more significant, on the off chance that you will face the challenge of accepting a piece that should be fixed or upgraded. That will either cost you some cash yet unquestionably some time, as parts will be hard to source.
Of course, this is a cutting edge leslie adornments with an uncommon treated case for additional hardness, a sapphire boxed gem and the (acclaimed) type 8L35 development. This development depends on the Grand Seiko 9S55 development and furthermore utilized in the Seiko Marinemaster 300 for instance (of which we assessed both SBDX001 and the current SBDX017 ).
Caliber 8L35 which was uniquely intended for diver’s use and is made by Seiko’s gifted experts in the Shizuku-ishi leslie adornments Studio in Morioka in the north of Japan. I’ve visited this assembling in Japan in 2015 as a component of the Seiko Media Experience excursion and I can just say (however did that frequently effectively) that it was exceptionally amazing all together. It opened my eyes in regards to the commitment, quality and eye for subtleties that (Grand) Seiko seeks after. All things considered, the Seiko Marinemaster 300 with a similar 8L35 development has a retail cost in The Netherlands of 2300 Euro. The Marinemaster is just about as much as a diver’s leslie adornments as the SLA017, so I can’t truly clarify the enormous contrast in cost. I likewise saw the increment in costs of the Grand Seiko brand furthermore, there are very a few contrasts in cost among Europe and the USA (a lot less expensive) for instance. It appears to be that Seiko (and Grand Seiko) utilize distinctive valuing around the planet. I’ve told (and asked) this to Seiko also, yet no answer could be given at the time.
What I can say, is that there will be individuals who will seize this Seiko SLA017 jumper immediately. Just hardly any will be conveyed to Europe for instance, so the Seiko fans among us who are sufficiently blessed to both get and manage the cost of one, will be glad in any case. This may become a future collectable watch, with a particularly number of pieces accessible. This may make up to the high retail cost of 3800 Euro. A value that you will get back (or maybe a touch of premium too) when it gets collectable and pursued later on. Until further notice be that as it may, the value stays to be very steep and I basically can’t clarify or legitimize why this is the case.
Back to the leslie gems itself. As you would recall, the Seiko Marinemaster 300 comes with this long elastic tie with hobnail example, or accordion-style as Seiko alludes to it. The Seiko SLA017 Diver likewise comes with this kind of lash, yet now made of silicon. I generally found the elastic lash of the Marinemaster to be cool looking, yet somewhat firm when wearing. The large ‘Tuna’ Marinemaster models previously accompanied silicon ties that wear significantly more comfortably (I have one on my Tuna 6159-7010) and I am glad that Seiko chose to make this accordion-style tie additionally from silicon. The leslie gems additionally comes with a tempered steel wristband though.
Let me reveal to you that Seiko worked effectively to make a re-release (or re-creation as they call it) of the incredible 62MAS. The Seiko SLA017 jumper is an incredible looking watch that will presumably require a second or third hope to see that it is not the first 62MAS. Seiko worked effectively in honoring that first expert jumper they made. The 8L35 development is an extraordinary decision, a profoundly commended development that discovers its underlying foundations in the Grand Seiko 9S55 development. Seiko expanded the size of the leslie adornments a piece, from 37mm to 39.9mm. I keep thinking about whether I would have preferred the leslie gems if they’d sticked to 37mm. I feel that it would have been too little, so 39.9mm is simply great. A size that will fit most men.
This leslie gems brings about a great deal of sharp oohs and aahs when it was appeared to us in BaselWorld, just to bring about lower pitched oohs and aahs when we heard the retail cost. Prior to BaselWorld, gossip was that it would be around 3000 Euro. Also, that was at that point somewhat of a failure to some when we checked the reactions. 3800 Euro is simply excessively steep, however I have no uncertainty this leslie adornments won’t be long in the stores and at approved vendors. They will discover their approach to authorities at any rate, I am sure.
I would wouldn’t fret claiming this leslie adornments myself, yet to be mercilessly genuine with you, I may go for a unique 62MAS rather for a large portion of its cost (and have an advanced Marinemaster as an afterthought). For the individuals who are baffled by the cost of this leslie gems Seiko likewise offers a comparative looking model as ‘modern re-interpretation’ of the 62MAS, reference SPB051 and SPB053 for respectively 1100 and 900 Euro. These have a comparative appearance as the SLA017, yet with a 6R15 development and a bigger breadth case. Be that as it may, for idealists, these are presumably altogether too not the same as the first 62MAS.
First Diver’s Re-creation Limited Edition: SLA017
Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations each hour (8 beats for every second)
Power save: 50 hours
Number of gems: 26
Stainless steel case with super-hard coating
Box-molded sapphire precious stone with against intelligent coating
Screw case back. Screw-down crown
Water obstruction: 200m diver’s
Magnetic obstruction: 4,800 A/m
Diameter: 39.9mm, Thickness: 14.1mm
Silicone tie. A treated steel wristband is included.
Approximate recommended retail cost in Europe: 3,800 Euro
Limited Edition of 2,000 pcs
The Seiko SLA017 from 2017 Seiko 62MAS