When a watch takes inspiration from a person, event or place, it adds more meaning to the creation. Seiko has done something similar with the Prospex Twilight Blue (SPB097J1) watch. A modern take on the 1968 Diver watch, this special edition timepiece is the undercurrents of the SPB077 and SPB079 references that were brought out last year. And that’s not all, the watch is designed to remind us of a the sunset at a famous European island country.
Although the design cues are straight from the 1968 watch – ref. 6159 – the watch has hues that represent the sea at sunset at Malta island. The two-tone sunburst dial and bezel use the color combination of turquoise blue along with black and orange – which force you to find a connection with the Pepsi watch. Basically has black and orange two-tone aluminum insert for the steel dive bezel. The black and orange theme is seen on the flange scale as well.
The orange on the Seiko Prospex Twilight Blue Watch is only up to the 15-minute mark. The color combination is also a play on the seconds hand, and what we mean is that for every five minutes on the chapter ring, it signifies the 200-meter water resistance.
Under the hood is a Seiko caliber 6R15 movement, and it has the capacity to offer you 50 hours of power reserve. The water resistance on this watch is of up to 200 meters, which is awesome. This retro inspired, nostalgic watch is crafted with some great materials. For example, it is built with premium sapphire crystal and looks fab with the steel bracelet or the black silicone strap, that you can choose from.
Sporting a screw-in case back and locking crown, the Seiko 3Hz automatic caliber 6R15 helps showcase the time and date functions. Not sure if everyone will get the Malta sunset and sea reference, but I’m sure divers will love the $1,350 price point.