Founded in 1881, Seiko is Japan’s leading watch company and one of the world’s largest in-house watch manufactures. In addition to Seiko branded watches, they also produce high-end timepieces under the Grand Seiko and Credor labels.

HANDS-ON: Seiko’s Save The Ocean — Tuna style — with the Prospex SNE518P

A little while ago Seiko lifted the lid on a tasty trio of dive watches with a marine conservation theme: a turtle, a samurai and a solar chronograph. All united by a gorgeous, graduated blue dial, inspired by both the blue of the sea and its mightiest inhabitant, the blue whale; these summer-suitable divers sure have plenty of presence on the wrist. But not as much presence as the newest member of the Save The Ocean clan — the appropriately nicknamed Tuna can variant, the SNE518P. Now, in case you’re not all over your Seiko dive nomenclature, the ‘tuna’ family of watches are as distinctive as they are significant. The design dates back to 1968, when a Japanese saturation diver wrote to Seiko with his particular dive watch requirements. Seven years later, in 1975,  Seiko met the challenge with the 6159-7010, an epically impressive diver that boasted 23 world firsts, not least the distinctive protective shroud. It’s the combination of massive blocky case and shroud, which bears more than a passing resemblance to tinned fish, that led to the tuna can moniker. It’s a design that’s been an important part of Seiko’s Prospex line ever since, and one that has… Read More

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ANNOUNCING: We are selling Seiko’s latest stunning Cocktail Time, the Fuyugeshiki ‘Winter Scene’ SRPC97J1 

Take two parts dial, one part case, one part movement and two dashes of typical Seiko value and you have a recipe for a particularly tasty cocktail; in this case, the Seiko Presage Cocktail Time ‘Fuyugeshiki’ limited edition, specifically the 40.5mm SRPC97J1, and the 33.8mm SRP843J1. We are pleased to offer limited numbers of both models for sale within Australia in our shop, buy them here. Also included in the sale is a copy of NOW – THE WATCH BUYING GUIDE, Time+Tide’s first publication. These limited edition watches are inspired by cocktails created by Hisashi Kishi, the head bartender at Tokyo’s Star Bar, with the case design and hour markers inspired by the shape of a cocktail glass. Mr Kishi created a paired drink, with a cool, pure appearance and, if it tastes anything like the dial looks, it must be delicious. Fuyugeshiki literally translates as ‘winter scene’, and the dial certainly delivers on that promise — it’s rich, crisp and white. Like previous versions of the Cocktail Time, the dial is pressed, but instead of the radial pattern we’ve seen before, the pattern here is very delicate, a repeating, naturalistic vertical pattern that resembles fine brushwork or —  if you’re feeling poetic… Read More

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VIDEO: Seiko’s Australia-only limited edition, and how to get your hands on one (for a good cause)

There are few things we like more than a limited edition Seiko, and one of those things is a limited edition Seiko that has been made specifically for the Australian market. Which is lucky, because that’s exactly what the Seiko Prospex SNE520P is — an 800-piece series made just for the land down under. And really, the choice of watch makes perfect sense — after all, a solar-powered diver is just the sort of watch you want for a country renowned for its high ratio of both sun and surf. On top of that, there’s the green and gold colour scheme, which has been realised in a pretty classy manner. There’s quite a bit of gold detailing, on the bezel, dial and crown. But the green is a little more low-key, only showing up on the first 20 minutes of the dive bezel. As far as Australian-themed watches go, it’s subtle, which is, in my opinion, a pretty good thing. Now, there are 800 of these watches, available across Australia, but one of them — number one, to be precise — is currently in our possession. But not for long. You may or may not be aware that parts of… Read More

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HANDS-ON: Seiko’s Save The Ocean — Tuna style — with the Prospex SNE518P

A little while ago Seiko lifted the lid on a tasty trio of dive watches with a marine conservation theme: a turtle, a samurai and a solar chronograph. All united by a gorgeous, graduated blue dial, inspired by both the blue of the sea and its mightiest inhabitant, the blue whale; these summer-suitable divers sure have plenty of presence on the wrist. But not as much presence as the newest member of the Save The Ocean clan — the appropriately nicknamed Tuna can variant, the SNE518P. Now, in case you’re not all over your Seiko dive nomenclature, the ‘tuna’ family of watches are as distinctive as they are significant. The design dates back to 1968, when a Japanese saturation diver wrote to Seiko with his particular dive watch requirements. Seven years later, in 1975,  Seiko met the challenge with the 6159-7010, an epically impressive diver that boasted 23 world firsts, not least the distinctive protective shroud. It’s the combination of massive blocky case and shroud, which bears more than a passing resemblance to tinned fish, that led to the tuna can moniker. It’s a design that’s been an important part of Seiko’s Prospex line ever since, and one that has… Read More

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WHAT SEALED THE DEAL: On Chad’s vintage Seiko 6105

It’s a tale as old as time: Chad meets watches, Chad meets Seiko, Chad meets Instagram, and the rest is, as we say, history. In his own words, Chad tells us his story of buying vintage for the first time, and why he chose the Seiko 6105. When did you first see/hear about it? I first learned about the Seiko 6105 shortly after becoming interested in watch collecting about 12 years ago. One of my entry watches was the Seiko SKX007. I quickly became curious about other Seiko models and learned that Seiko had a rich history of dive watches. Online forums, like Watchuseek, had many threads that traced the lineage of Seiko dive watches from the legendary 62MAS, released in 1965, up to modern day. I basically fell in love with all of them, but the 6105 really caught my eye. Made from 1970-1977, the 6105 came in two versions: one with a slim case, and one with the more recognisable cushion case. The latter was the one that spoke to me. The shape of the case was so unique and alluring. It somehow looked elegant and rugged at the same time, like a UFO that would be at… Read More

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VIDEO: Smaller, thinner – the Seiko Astron GPS Solar 5X

Most of the watches we talk about here at Time+Tide are mechanical — if there’s a battery involved, the watch has to be pretty special to get our attention. Well, Seiko’s Astron meets (and exceeds) the ‘pretty special’ criteria. The original Astron watch was released in 2012 (well, if you want to get technical, the original Astron was Seiko’s first quartz watch from 1969), and is significant as it was the world’s first GPS Solar watch, a particularly useful pairing of technology, which means that the watch can ‘talk’ to satellites, ensuring perpetual accuracy, and the solar cells on the dial ensure perpetual power. But cramming these technologies came at a cost — size. The earliest iterations of the Astron wore substantially on the wrist, but that’s something that Seiko has worked on over the years, as this latest generation, powered by the Calibre 5X, proves. In addition to smarter power usage, this Astron clocks in at a very respectable 42.9mm across by 12.2mm wide. It might not be elegant dress watch territory, but for a gadget-heavy daily wearer, it’s impressive. Add titanium construction to the equation and this might just be the best Astron yet. Seiko Astron SSH003J Australian pricing… Read More

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VIDEO: This Seiko Turtle is set to Save The Ocean – the SRPC91K

For Seiko, the turtle power is real. Their recent reinterpretation of the classic dive watch has earned near-universal acclaim, thanks to the triple threat of strong design, stronger build quality and a value offering that’s hard to beat. And while the core collection is outstanding, Seiko like to drop something a little bit extra special every so often. And that’s exactly what this watch is: a special edition with a very special gradient blue dial that works towards supporting an even more special cause. I don’t know about you, but I’d find it impossible not to smile while checking the time on this diver — mostly because of how awesomely vivid the blue is (seriously, just look at that dial), but also because it helped, in its own tiny way, to improve our precious marine environment. Seiko Prospex SRPC91K ‘Save The Ocean’ Turtle Australian pricing Seiko Prospex SRPC91K ‘Save The Ocean’, $725

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