Watch news : The cult Seiko Alpinist watch returns with four new versions





It seems that 2020 has had a great start for Seiko, who has just added four new mountaineer-inspired watches to her iconic Prospex collection. Zoom over the fourteenth Seiko Alpinist.

Little story of the Seiko Mountaineer

Seiko Alpinist is back with four new versions

the Seiko Alpinist It is the first real sports watch produced by Seiko. This series was first presented by the brand in 1959, then produced from 1961. Seiko’s goal was to offer a reliable watch, intended for sports enthusiasts and more particularly for Japanese climbers. You should know that Japan is largely covered in mountains, and this watch is inspired by men who evolve in these highlands. Therefore, the brand imagines a reliable, precise and robust field clock, capable of working perfectly in this type of environment. Not forgetting to offer it at an affordable price. the Laurel Alpinist it is the first of several generations of Seiko Alpinist.

Seiko Alpinist is back with four new versions

Over time, this series has become very popular among collectors. It is a watch considered quite rare despite some specific versions offered in limited edition. Then, this year, rebirth, highlighting this watch with not a new model, but four! Let’s discover together SPB117the SPB119the SPB121 and the SPB123, which each interprets the design in a unique way mountaineer.

The four new Seiko Alpinist

Seiko Alpinist is back with four new versions

the SPB121 It is immediately recognizable as a clock mountaineer, with its excellent sphere of green sunbeams, its numbers and indices applied in gold, and its fly-like hands, also in gold. It is completed with a beautiful tobacco brown crocodile leather strap.

Seiko Alpinist is back with four new versions

the SPB117 It stands out for its more conventional, more modern design. It has a shiny black dial and a steel structure that gives it a sportier look than the other models.

the SPB119 and the SPB123 They are quite similar in terms of appearance, with a black leather strap with white stitching, silver indexes and hands applied to the watch face. SPB119, against gold and an olive leather strap for the SPB123 That looks more luxurious.

These four creations share the same compact and sporty 39.5 mm stainless steel case, the famous second typical crown ofmountaineer at 4 o’clock, allowing you to adjust the internal bezel of the compass. They also show a date window at 3 o’clock, with a cyclops magnifying glass to enlarge the figure.

On the side of the movement, they house a Seiko 6R35 automatic caliber, the latest update of the 6R series, which offers a power reserve of 70 hours and an oscillation frequency of 28,800 A / h. These watches offer a water resistance of 200 m, or 20 ATM.

Seiko Alpinist is back with four new versions

These new models are now available for sale at authorized Seiko dealers, with the exception of SPB123 which will debut at the same time as an exclusivity on the brand’s website.

Price: SPB117 (€ 729) / SPB119, SPB121 and SPB123 (€ 699)

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