Seiko’s Most Popular Dive Watch Just Got Massive Upgrades
Owners and fans of Seiko’s hugely popular “Turtle” dive watch don’t have many complaints. Would sapphire crystal and a ceramic bezel be nice? Sure. But because the Turtle is a tough, affordable, no-nonsense tool watch, like others at its price tier in the Prospex collection — it starts just under $500 — the Hardlex crystal and aluminum bezel are plenty appropriate.
Of course, there’s something to be said of premium materials, and Seiko brings them with a new version of the Turtle already being dubbed “King Turtle” by its admirers. The best part: it won’t cost you that much more. Prices for the King Turtle start at $595 on a silicone strap and $625 for one on a steel bracelet.
Materials generally considered standard for luxury watches, the Seiko Prospex King Turtle features sapphire crystal and a ceramic bezel — together, they make the entire face of the watch essentially scratchproof. Seiko didn’t just stop there, though. The crystal has a magnifier over the date (called a “cyclops” in watch jargon) and the bezel’s textured edge has more angular grooves than the Turtle, resulting in a modern look.
At launch, there are three color options to choose from. Black and green versions have a waffle-like pattern similar to that found on some other Prospex (but that many people will probably compare to an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak), while the third has a blue-wave motif. The 45mm case is consistent with the existing Turtle that many know and love.
Seiko has occasionally taken a similar approach to other popular models, tweaking their designs and adding premium materials (and cyclopses) — but these have often only been for special editions for certain markets. The King Turtle shares a common trait with those watches: it’s not easy to acquire — but we’re hoping to see it available in more places soon.
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