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November 9, 2018 Briefings By

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Seiko Prospex Street Series
Seiko’s Prospex collection is the brand’s go-to range of reliable dive and sports watches. Initially focused on extremely durable, highly-legible dive instruments for professional divers in the 1960s, the uniquely-shaped cases that Seiko coined eventually became iconic — think of the Tuna can, the Turtle and the Samurai. These very recognizable sports watches are the foundation of the Prospex collection and are very much the identity of Seiko.

The Tuna can especially, nicknamed by fans for the case’s resemblance to a can of tuna, is what comes to mind when one thinks of Seiko. While it can be worn as an everyday timepiece, it’s major utility is being able to thrive in the deepest depths of waters. Seiko wanted to take that mindset of toughness and offer a modern take with a more stylistic sense intertwined. With that intention, they recently released the Prospex Street Series ($450 and only available online) to be everyday sport watches.

“When you look at the Tunas of the past, these things were built to specs strong enough you could run a tank over them,” Eric Hofmann, SVP of Business Development of Seiko USA, recently told Gear Patrol. “The design was all about durability and ruggedness. So we wanted to deliver something that was in that same vein of being durable, rugged and everyday but also fashionable. And this is where we landed.”

Utilizing the signature Tuna can case and bezel, the three Prospex Street Series timepieces take the fabled case to new levels with monochrome green, blue and gray colorways, each accented with a touch of black on the bezel. The 47mm steel cases are coated with a matte finish and the rotating bezels are given a colored insert to match the overall colors of the case, while the silicone strap and dial also feature coordinating texture to resemble pavement, further enhancing the urban aesthetic of the collection. The result stands out on the wrist while offering a snug, comfortable wear.

But don’t let the attractive styling fool you — these are still very much rugged watches capable of anything you can put them through. The solar-powered divers make use of Seiko’s in-house caliber V157 movement and offer 10 months of power reserve. They are also water resistant up to 200m and are fully compliant with the international standard for all diver’s watches (ISO 6425).

These are all traits of the Prospex collection in general. And Hofmann confirmed that this sentiment would, of course, be included in any Prospex collection timepiece. “It’s all in the eyes of the consumer and our fans,” Hofmann said. “We’ve got all of these gems that are iconic to the brand and we’re going to seed that into [any new] collection.”

The Prospex Street Series is the next evolution of Seiko’s legendary sports watches. These Street Series timepieces are built to thrive in the urban environment while still being tough enough to take on any outdoor excursion.


New & Noteworthy Releases

This Espresso Machine Is Tiny and Doesn’t Cost a Fortune
This Espresso Machine Is Tiny and Doesn’t Cost a Fortune

Breville is home espresso making royalty, and it may have just realeased its most accessible machine yet.

These New Sweats Are Well Worth the Price
These New Sweats Are Well Worth the Price

Cut and sewn in Los Angeles, they are made from cotton grown in North Carolina.

The Best AirPod Alternatives Are $50 Off Today
The Best AirPod Alternatives Are $50 Off Today

Jabra's Elite 65t true wireless headphones fit and sound great, plus they come with a bunch of features that AirPods lack.


Fresh Deals

Technological innovation comes with great benefits. No surprise there. But it also has side-effects: plastic packaging, the overuse of raw materials and creation of electronic waste. Nimble wants to change that.

Nimble focuses on minimizing environmental impact by bolstering e-waste recycling, using eco-friendly packaging and utilizing better materials in all its devices. The Wireless Pad is a prime example of this philosophy come to life. Compatible with any wireless-charging devices, the Wireless Pad can charge multiple devices at once. It’s covered in a fabric made from organic hemp and recycled plastic bottles; it’s also built with plant-based bioplastics derived from corn and sugarcane. It’s refreshing to see an innovative product that can do better for the environment, too.

Enter code GP25 for 25 percent off all Nimble products sitewide.




Need Supply Co. Singles Day Sale
Save 11% We are big fans of Herschel Supply Co.’s backpacks. The fun patterns and simple designs work as a gym and work bag making them easy to spot on your subway commute or bike ride into the office. Recently, Herschel Supply Co. launched outerwear — and it’s just as minimalist and fantastic as the bags. The quilted vest and jackets are cut from water-resistant polyester and come in a variety of colors. Need Supply Co. is celebrating National Singles Day where you get 11 percent off sitewide when you use code SELFLOVE at checkout. Since no one else will keep you warm, this outerwear will do just the trick. Happy Single’s Day and happy shopping.
— Meg Lappe
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Boots That Live Up to Their Name
Save up to 52% on Thorogood Right now, a handful of Thorogod’s classic boots are on sale for up to 52 percent off at Nordstrom Rack — which is a great deal for footwear you’ll likely have for the rest of your life.
— Justin Fenner


Goruck Veterans Day Sale
Save $60+ The founder of Goruck spent years as a Green Beret fine-tuning precisely what he needed in his go ruck. From there the brand expanded to create military-inspired gear, apparel and footwear. The original tactical backpack GR1 started the trend, and now each bag produced by Goruck has a set purpose. The Bullet Ruck offers a way to streamline your morning — it’s a simple pack that is just as durable and tough as the original. The Rucker was built for the Goruck challenge (an intense race) and has Expert Ruck Plates, which won’t break, meaning your laptop is safe from practically everything. Both are rainproof with silent zipper pulls, feature multiple pockets and molle attachments, so you can attach what you need to the pack. — Meg Lappe

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Coleman Indoor-Outdoor Air Mattress
Save 50% There are few things more satisfying than a good and timely deal. Today, on Amazon Coleman’s well-reviewed indoor-outdoor air mattress is half off on Amazon today.

The SupportRest is taller than most air mattresses, which makes it easier to get in and out of bed (and at a more familiar height in general). Smartly, the outside ring of the mattress is slightly elevated from the rest of the mattress — this makes rolling off the mattress a lesser likelihood.

This queen-sized mattress, which Coleman suggests for either indoor or outdoor use, does not come with a pump, but one can be added to your order for $17 (look right above the “Add to Cart” button). You could also use a pump you’ve got in the closet from air mattresses past, too.


Frye Lace-up Boots
Save up to 54%:If your go-to boots are worse for wear, this is an ideal time to invest in a new pair. Though the majority of the U.S. is experiencing a relatively mild, snow-free fall, winter is just around the corner. A rugged pair of boots is a necessity when the weather turns and heritage American brand Frye offers a range of styles appropriate for the cooler months. If you head over to Nordstrom Rack today, you can save up to 54 percent on a few well-made lace-up styles. Normally priced well over $300, these boots now cost as little as $165 — that’s a preseason sale worth taking advantage of. — John Zientek


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