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2018-10-05

SEIKO Prospex Fieldmaster DIGITAL [new refs]

SEIKO Prospex has released 5 new FIELDMASTER Digital references. They aren’t divers per se (obviously), rather outdoors watches with some basic diving specifications.



In isolation they look a little dull but as a collection they have something about them – but can they go up against the mighty G-SHOCK with its bright colors?

In addition to the existing looks on offer - choose from black and white, navy blue, grey, stealth black on black or all-white.



Refs. SBEP015 (navy blue), SBEP017 (grey), SBEP019 (black on black) are Limited Editions of 500 pieces of each.

SBEP011 and 13 have a Japanese MSRP of 26,000JPY+tax while the LEs are little dearer at 28,000JPY.



Powering the Fieldmaster Digital 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.



Thoughts? The Seiko brand has considerably more cachet than Casio, but I’m not sure that G-SHOCK has anything to worry about as they are still very much the dominant digital beater.

Personally I find the new analog FIELDMASTER a very good-looking watch. How about you?

https://www.seiko-watch.co.jp/prospex/

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