Seiko have launched the new Seiko Black Series watches that are each inspired by the sea at night. Many divers have reported that diving at night is an entirely different experience than the same dive during the day. Seiko has taken this concept and introduced it to some of the brand’s most iconic watch designs. Each of these new watches is themed on the dark jet-black colour of the sea at nighttime. Every watch in the collection is inspired by the dramatic and mysterious world of the nighttime ocean.
Each of watches in the Black Series takes the form of one of Seiko’s iconic diving watches due to the deep-sea theme. The latest additions to the collection use the famous shaped of the Seiko Samurai, Monster and Tuna. Each of the watches is a limited edition, making them all highly desirable and collectable.
The New Seiko Black Series Watches
All three of the new Seiko Black Series watches have a dark, black colour scheme. Each of the watches features luminous elements to aid with reading the dial in the dark depths of the ocean. Every watch is water resistant up to 200 metres (20 bar) which is aided by the screw fastened case back and crown of each model. This water resistance rating means that the watches can be worn for a lot of water-based activities. The case back of each model is engraved with the phrase ‘limited edition’ and a unique serial number, emphasising the collectable nature of these timepieces.
This limited-edition watch is limited to only 8000 pieces worldwide. The watch features a black dial with a date aperture positioned at 3 o’clock. The hour indices are baton shaped and treated with Lumibrite so that the dial can be read in the dark. The hour hand is black, and arrow shaped, whilst the minute hand is orange. The second hand is also black. Hardlex crystal protects the dial and a unidirectional rotating bezel frames it. The bezel is black and grey and is marked with a minute track. A stainless steel case frames the dial. It is treated with a black hard coating. The case measures 43.8mm in diameter and 13.4mm in thickness. The watch is secured on the wrist using a black silicone strap that fastens using a pin buckle. This model is powered by a calibre 4R35 automatic movement. This movement supports manual winding and provides the watch with a power reserve of up to 41 hours.
The ‘Monster’ was nicknamed this way by Seiko fans as it is thought that the bezel resembles the open mouth of a monster that is baring its teeth. The Black Series edition of the Monster is limited to only 7000 pieces worldwide. The watch features a black dial with a weekday and date aperture at 3 o’clock. The dial also exhibits Lumibrite hour indices with a minute track that allows the wearer to keep a close track of time. The black unidirectional rotating bezel is printed with a minute track also. Hardlex crystal protects the dial and a stainless steel case frames it. This case has a hard black coating and measures 42.4mm in diameter and 13.4mm in thickness. The case houses a calibre 4R36 automatic and manual winding movement. This movement has a 41-hour power reserve. This model is finished with a black silicone strap that will be perfectly comfortable, even when worn underwater.
This watch has the very distinctive look of the iconic Seiko ‘Tuna’ but in an all-new Black Series colour scheme. The watch features a black silicone strap that fastens with a pin buckle to match the black, hard coated, stainless steel and plastic case. The case of this watch measures 46.7mm in diameter and 11.8mm in thickness. The black dial exhibits Lumibrite dot hour indices with black hour and second hands and an orange minute hand. The dial is surrounded by a black unidirectional rotating bezel and protected by Hardlex crystal. A date aperture is present in the 4 o’clock position on the dial. The watch is powered by a calibre V157 solar movement that is accurate to +/-15 seconds per month. When fully charged, the watch will have a power reserve of up to 10 months. This model is especially collectable as there are only 5000 pieces worldwide.
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