Seiko Prospex 1970 Diver's Re-Creation SLA033 (Limited Edition)

A favourite among Watchable loyalists, I am excited to re-introduce yet another fabulous example of the SLA033 back to the shop. This is a limited edition masterpiece that pays homage to the iconic 6105 diver (aka. The Willard). The SLA033 is a recreation that takes the original design and improves upon it with modern specs and exceptional build quality. This watch is limited to only 2500 pieces worldwide, making it a true collector's item.



We've heard the stories of the iconic Seiko 6105 - Apocalypse Now, Vietnam, the Naomi Eumura expeditions - but after handling this piece, it is difficult to ignore why this watch is special.  

Firstly this piece feels like a luxury watch. Its weight, presence on the wrist, and the smooth yet firm action on the bezel, all lift this watch to heights that are eons beyond any entry-level Seiko. 

BUT it's the treatment given to the bezel and general built quality of the watch that you first notice as something truly exceptional. The outer ring of the bezel enjoys a full Zaratsu finish, a meticulous polishing technique typically reserved for higher-end Grand Seiko watches. Furthermore, these watches were assembled in Seiko Shizukuishi Watch Studio, another luxury typically reserved for Seiko's luxury offerings such as Grand Seiko and Credor. 

Mechanically speaking, the SBDX031 / SLA033 is a clear upgrade from its predecessor. Housed inside this seemingly indestructible case is a 26 jewel caliber 8L35 movement, which delivers a 50 hour power reserve, and beats at 28,800 vph (up from 21,600 vph in the original 6105a). 


This particular Seiko 1970 Diver’s Recreation SLA033 is in excellent condition, having been very lightly used. There are no scratches or blemishes to speak of.

It comes complete with its original box, booklets, and warranty card (unsigned), which only adds to its collectability of this very special piece. The watch is running great, as it did when it first came out of the box.


If you’re a collector or enthusiast of dive watches, the Seiko 1970 Diver’s Recreation SLA033 is an absolute must-have for your collection. This watch is not only an enhanced version on one of Seiko’s most iconic divers, but it also represents the pinnacle of Seiko’s dive watch design. With its rugged build quality, reliable timekeeping capabilities, and unique asymmetrical case design, the SLA033 is a real winner in our books!


Brand: Seiko (Prospex)
Model: Polaris SBDX031 / SLA033
Production Year: 2020
Complications: Date
Case: Stainless steel with "super-hard" coating
Bezel: Stainless Steel case w. zaratsu polished bezel
Case size: 45mm (diameter) & 13mm (thickness)
Dial: Black
Lume: Hands and indexes
Depth Rating: 200 meters
Strap: Waffle pattern silicone strap
Movement: 8L35
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Jewels: 26 


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