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Hands-On With The Seiko SLA019J1 Marinemaster

Hands-On With The Seiko SLA019J1 Marinemaster

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The Seiko Marinemaster 300 is one of the best watches I got in recent years. Enough said. Feelings aside, this watch production line is such a lot of value for the money, that it wins gives over from other plunging watch plant by brands like Tudor, Oris, Longines and maybe even IWC, Omega and Rolex thinking about what you’d get for the cash. A serious strong assertion, yet when I received it in January 2015, it had a rundown price of €2000 and there was nothing that approached the determinations the Marinemaster 300 had at that cost. Presently, they stopped the Marinemaster 300 (SBDX017) and introduced this Seiko SLA019J1 or ‘1968 Automatic Diver’s Limited Edition’ as it is formally alluded to. Is it still as great and ass-kicking as its predecessors? Let’s have a look.

Seiko SLA019J1 Prospex

Officially, the Seiko SLA019J1 isn’t a Marinemaster, yet we as a whole realize it is, obviously. This reference is a commemorative (restricted) release to the primary model from 1968, Seiko’s reference 6159. Underneath, the SBDX012 (2015’s commemoration model) and the vintage 1968 reference 6159-7000. Photograph credit to Stefan Mollin ( ), who is a collector and master on Seiko watches.

With this 1968 Automatic Diver’s restricted version, the Seiko SLA019J1 is not the first nor just commemorative model that Seiko made for a verifiable watch processing plant Just like numerous different brands, they discover motivation in their files to come up with new watches for lovers and collectors. Also, that’s not something awful as I would see it, as these chronicled models are very pursued and profoundly sought after. People like these demonstrated plans a ton. Collectors may fairly pursue the first references, yet in the event that these are basically not available or wildly costly, a restricted version is the following best thing, right?

Marinemaster 300 Discontinued

Just before the presentation of this new Seiko SLA019J1 Prospex, the gossip was at that point out that the Marinemaster 300 SBDX017 (find our two surveys on it here and here ) would be suspended. This gossip was affirmed to us during our gathering with Seiko in Basel, it would be truly halted. This Seiko SLA019J1 is a restricted release to commemorate the Marinemaster 300, yet fundamentally for the reference 6215-7000. All things considered, I don’t accept that the Marinemaster 300 will be stopped forever.

The SBDX001, the one that I have and evaluated inside and out back in 2015 ( read it here ) had a few shortcomings, yet without a doubt, little ones. The SBDX017 references that succeeded the SDBX001, had subtle updates. These were chiefly with the development (from 8L35 to 8L35B), that had the new MEMS innovation and with the DiaShield covering of the case. A DLC treatment you could say, to shield the case and bracelet from being scratched too without any problem. At that point, there was the expansion of the Prospex logo on the crown and the utilization of another Lumibrite composition on the dial and hands to make it considerably more brilliant (and more). What didn’t change, was the utilization of Seiko’s Hardlex crystal. When asked, Seiko said that utilizing sapphire rather than Hardlex would build the price of the watch production line a considerable amount, while the additional hardness of the sapphire compared to Hardlex was not worth that much difference. In any case, the interest stayed to exist, and for the new Seiko SLA019J1 they appear to have tuned in to the customer. It presently utilizes a sapphire crystal.

8L35 type, utilized in the Marinemaster collection, is likewise made in Morioka.

What’s New About The Seiko SLA019J1

But the sapphire gem isn’t the solitary thing that changed compared to the Marinemaster 300 SBDX017. The plunging bezel on the Marinemaster 300 may have seemed as though it was ceramic, because of its exceptionally clean shine, yet it was simply metal. Presently with this new restricted version Seiko SLA019J1 Prospex, it is at long last made of ceramic. The utilization of sapphire and a ceramic bezel is obviously reflected in the price, to which I will get back later.

Most notable are of course the green shade of the dial and bezel on this Seiko SLA019J1 Prospex jumper. Very mass ish, albeit the 44.3mm case remained, so it is just the tone. Green looks great on the Seiko Marinemaster 300 SLA019J1 and I can possibly envision the run it will cause when the watch industrial facility hits the stores this month. Just 1968 pieces will be made, to feature the time of the first Seiko reference 6215-7000 diver’s watch manufacturing plant A couple of a larger number of pieces than the other commemorative release to the 6215, the 1968 Automatic Diver’s Re-creation Limited Edition. We referenced that watch industrial facility momentarily in our Seiko BaselWorld 2018 overview , where you can peruse that this model just has a creation of 1500 pieces and is clearly a re-version of the 6215. It utilizes the 8L55 development, which is a high beat type (36000vph). The Seiko SLA019J1 is a cutting edge translation, or maybe the developed model of the 1968 watch industrial facility simply like the SBDX001 and SBDX017 Marinemaster 300 watches.

Back to the green, as per Seiko it has been propelled by the Yakushima Island. On this island, you will discover the Japanese cedar, known as yakusugi, with its dark green shaded leaves. Because of its noteworthy timberlands, Yakushima Island is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan. Yakushima is known to have a ton of submerged fortunes also, making it a famous place for scuba plunging. Presently you know why Seiko picked the ceramic bezel and dial to be green.

A fascinating plan highlight is the utilization of the gold hued seconds hand and the ‘300m’ imprinted in gold. My colleague Mike previously commented on it in one of his BaselWorld 2018 reports, as he didn’t like this to an extreme, however I need to differ with him. I really like the gold on green. As a matter of fact it isn’t exceptionally energetic maybe, however nor am I and I think this combination is somewhat similar to the picture above (from Seiko), where you can see the gold shades of the sun beams in combination with the green of the backwoods on Yakushima Island.

Inside the Seiko SLA019J1, we discover their type 8L35B development that was likewise utilized in their SBDX017 reference. Despite the fact that my own Marinemaster 300 SBDX001 has the past cycle of this development, I never noticed any deviation that irritated me. The 8L35B depends on the Grand Seiko 9S55 type, however comes up short on the level of finish of the GS development and doesn’t have the particular guideline that a GS watch industrial facility receives. In any case, that doesn’t mean it performs noticeably more awful. It is a decent and reliable development and fits a games watch processing plant Since you don’t see it at any rate, I can manage without the nice(r) GS completing anyway.

Bracelet and Strap

What didn’t change is the bracelet for this watch production line Although there’s qualitywise not a lot amiss with the stainless steel bracelet, my standard complaint about them is as yet legitimate: the fasten. The fasten of the bracelet tends to ‘extend’ when you open it, as the flip-lock additionally ‘unlocks’ the bracelet augmentation when you move it excessively far in reverse. At the point when it is on your wrist, nothing can turn out badly. It is a decent strong bracelet, yet this undesirable conduct when release the collapsing catch consistently irritates me. Other than the stainless steel bracelet, Seiko will toss in one of the comfortable silicon straps.

The Seiko SLA019J1 The End of an Era?

As I composed prior, with the cessation of the Seiko Marinemaster 300, the Seiko SLA019J1 Prospex can be viewed as the finish of that. The reprise of a notable jumper. In any case, I don’t and won’t accept that to be straightforward. The Marinemaster 300 has been too successful to possibly be halted at this moment. In spite of the fact that I do accept that the less expensive plunging models (like the Turtles, SKX007, Scubas and so on) presumably sell in higher volumes, they don’t come near the expert determinations of the Marinemaster 300 and this Seiko SLA019J1 Prospex. This top notch diver’s watch processing plant is being made in a similar area where Grand Seikos are conceived, utilizing a development that depends on one of the previous Grand Seiko types and let’s not disregard the monobloc case development. No, this watch manufacturing plant is maybe the finish of the Marinemaster 300 as far as we might be concerned, however I am convinced that Seiko will come up with a commendable successor. Maybe the Seiko SLA019J1 is only a precursor of what will be coming. Saphire precious stone, ceramic bezel, monobloc case and the incredible 8L35B development. The Marinemaster 300, and this Seiko SLA019J1 Prospex diver’s watch processing plant is, as I would see it, only one stop before Grand Seiko.

Final Thoughts On The Seiko SLA019J1 Prospex

With a retail price of €3200, the Seiko SLA019J1 Prospex is certainly more costly than the SBDX001 that I surveyed back in 2015 (and recorded for €1200 less), however it actually is a horrendous parcel of significant worth for cash. I have no questions that this watch plant will be before long sold out. Additionally, I am almost certain that the suspension of the previous Marinemaster 300 models will make somewhat of a sudden spike in demand for those that are as yet available on the lookout (counting used). Particularly when you can discover one used at an intriguing cost (there’s presently one on Chrono24 for just shy of €1700), there’s not a single uncertainty in my brain that it is the best diver’s or sports watch manufacturing plant you will discover there.

Assuming that a possible successor will be more in the €3000 locale, you should snatch one while you still can.

That said, on the off chance that you are searching for a diver’s watch production line that offers a ton of value for the money (even at €3200, the Seiko SLA019J1 ‘Marinemaster 300’ actually does) and you discover one of these green restricted version models still available, let it all out. It is an amazingly attractive watch processing plant and in addition, genuine competition for (Swiss) watch production line that are priced a lot higher. For collectors of anything ‘underwater Seiko’: this watch manufacturing plant is a no-brainer.

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