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SEIKO Prospex Fieldmaster DIGITAL

I might have shot myself in the foot by starting to post these FIELDMASTERs because Seiko Japan are banging them as fast as a pair of horny rabbits knock out a litter of bunnies, but what the hell; they look good and possess more than the required credentials to pass as basic divers.

There are currently 5 references in this new digital lineup – all watches have the exact same spec. and functionality, it’s merely aesthetic differences that separate them. Actually all but one have the same 30,000JPY+tax price tag, too. Dunno why, but ref. SBEP001 is 28,000.

Powering the watches is a Seiko Solar Caliber S802 which has an operating time of approx. 5 months from fully charged and a power reserve of approx. 20 months. It is accurate to within ±20 seconds per month.

Functions include: power save, three-channel daily alarm, timer / stop-watch, world time with 44 cities, dual-time zone and a sound demonstration function.

The case measures: H49.9mm x W49.5mm x D14.1mm with a lug-width of 21mm and a weight of 80g. The case is fitted with a turning diver’s bezel, case-back secured via 4x screws and 200 meters of water-resistance.

Shown here are refs. SBEP001 plain black, SBEP003 Pepsi, SBEP005 gold elements, SBEP007 on green NATO, SBEP009 red dial text.

Thoughts? I like ‘em but not as much as the analog versions. Are Prospex coming after G-SHOCK? What do you think?


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