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Hands-On With all the Seiko SLA017 Diver - A Tribute For the 62MASOne of many replica watches I'd been eager for only at that year's BaselWorld, was the Seiko SLA017 diver off their Prospex series. A fixed edition and tribute for the legendary Seiko 62MAS.Seiko SLA017 DiverAlready before BaselWorld, the news leaked that Seiko was nearly some really good with a re-edition from the famous and legendary 62MAS, or reference 6217-8000/1, from 1965. We wrote an in-depth article concerning this first real diver from Seiko, in this article by Michael Stockton. Apart from some images from some BaselWorld catalog, there wasn't many details with this in mind watch.In Basel, there was two meetings with Seiko. We occassionally make it happen. We're also using a group of six individuals in Basel, and we must divide some appointments. However, since most folks are true Seiko fans, we requested two appointment so that all members have a select the Seiko 2017 novelties.Comparing to your original 62MASMichael Stockton brought his 1965 Seiko 62MAS watch, so as to compare to the newest Seiko SLA017 diver.The Seiko reference 6217-8000/1, laptop computer known as the Seiko 62MAS (autoMAtic Selfdater) would be the first real diver from Seiko: period. As Stockton wrote as part of his article "All professional divers from Seiko owe at the least some of their design to the present piece in addition to being you can observe inside pictures, such things as bezel font, dial color, and markers to some extent still bear a familial resemblance in today's pieces.". This reference 62MAS was in your list in case you are into Seiko diving replica watches. Was. As Seiko now comes up by having an alternative, the Seiko SLA017 diver within their ProsPex ("Professional Specifications") collection.Prior to getting for the new Seiko SLA017 diver, let's spend run words around the reference replica watches 6217 or 62MAS. This watch was, as I wrote before, introduced in 1965 and directed at the professional market. An industry where Rolex was using Submariner and Omega with their Seamaster 300. Like a side note, we had a similar thing later on, when Omega was there using their PloProf and Rolex making use of their Sea-Dweller, Seiko developed the "Grandfather Tuna" reference 6159-7010 (which you'll want to find here). Anyway, the Seiko 62MAS stood a 37mm diameter case, date function, bi-directional bezel, lumed dial and hands, screw-down caseback with an automatic calber 6217 movement (18.000vph, non-hack). The Seiko 62MAS had a WR rating of 150 meters.When Seiko demonstrated the newest SLA017 diver, we immediately felt relieved. They did their job well. A tiny bit bit bigger the initial Seiko 62MAS ref.6217, though with a diameter of 39.9mm still an extremely wearable and modest size. As you can see within the image above, you probably would need an additional find out that the Seiko SLA017 diver is a bit larger than the 62MAS.Seiko 62MASWhat I like a great deal with regards to the original Seiko 62MAS, as you have seen above, is the amazing dial color and finished. A sun burst dial with this anthracite color, beautiful hour markers, applied Seiko brand name and a framed date aperture. The newest Seiko SLA017 diver is unquestionably keeping faith to this original piece. At Seiko, Nobuhiro Kosugi was responsible for the complete re-design in the Seiko SLA017 diver. In addition to the dial, you will also find the slim bezel and slim profile stainless case to be similar to the 62MAS. They did a wonderful job. I firmly believe you would trick a lot of Seiko fans if you would come walking into a vintage Seiko GTG somewhere using this type of strapped on your wrist. The printing around the dial (200 meters as an alternative to 150 meters for example) would perhaps perform away.2000 Pieces OnlyThe new Seiko SLA017 diver will be available from July which is restricted to 2000 pieces only. The value is going to be 3800 Euro and already stirred up some on-line and off-line discussions. There is no doubt this cost is somewhat around the steep side. 3800 Euro will buy you and them original Seiko 62MAS replica watches to be honest. However, if you're able to locate one that's and possibly more important, if you're happy to grab the potential for buying a piece which should be repaired or overhauled. That may either amount to some cash but definitely some time, as parts will probably be difficult to source.Obviously, this is the modern watch using a special treated case with regard to added hardness, a sapphire boxed crystal plus the (famous) caliber 8L35 movement. This movement will depend on the Grand Seiko 9S55 movement and as well utilized in the Seiko Marinemaster 300 for instance (which often we reviewed both SBDX001 and the current SBDX017).Caliber 8L35 which has been specifically created for diver's use and it is manufactured by Seiko's skilled craftsmen within the Shizuku-ishi Watch Studio in Morioka within the north of Japan. I've visited this manufacture in Japan in 2015 contained in the Seiko Media Experience trip i is only able to say (but did that frequently already) it had become spectacular altogether. It opened my eyes regarding the commitment, quality and eye for details that (Grand) Seiko pursues. Having said that, the Seiko Marinemaster 300 with similar 8L35 movement has a shop price in The Netherlands of 2300 Euro. The Marinemaster is just as similar to what a diver's watch as the SLA017, therefore i can't really explain the huge improvement in price. I additionally noticed the increase in prices with the Grand Seiko brand name and besides, you can find quite some variants price between Europe and also the USA (less costly) for example. It seems that Seiko (and Grand Seiko) use different pricing all over the world. I've told (and asked) this to Seiko as well, but no answer might be given during the time.Some tips i know, is that you will have people who will jump only at that Seiko SLA017 diver right away. Only few are going to be shipped to Europe as an example, hence the Seiko fans amongst us who're sufficiently lucky to get both get and afford one, will be happy anyway. This can be a future collectable timepiece, with your a low number of pieces available. This might make up to the high shop price of 3800 Euro. A cost that you receive back (or perhaps a amount of premium likewise) if this does get collectable and sought-after sometime soon. For now however, the purchase price remains quite steep and that i simply can't explain or justify why this can be the case.Silicon StrapBack to the watch itself. Perhaps you may remember, the Seiko Marinemaster 300 is included with this long rubber strap with hobnail pattern, or accordion-style as Seiko describes it. The Seiko SLA017 Diver also comes with this type of strap, but now made of silicon. It's my job to found the rubber strap in the Marinemaster to be really cool looking, but a bit stiff when wearing. The important 'Tuna' Marinemaster models already was included with silicon straps that wear considerably more comfortably (I have one in this little Tuna 6159-7010) and I am happy that Seiko chose to create this accordion-style strap also from silicon. The watch also includes a stainless bracelet though. replica finest watches VerdictLet me tell you that Seiko did an amazing job to make a re-edition (or re-creation because they refer to it as) of the legendary 62MAS. The Seiko SLA017 diver is a great looking timepiece that may probably need to have a second or third find out that it must be not the main 62MAS. Seiko did a great job in paying tribute fot it first professional diver they made. The 8L35 movement is a good choice, a properly praised movement that finds its roots inside Grand Seiko 9S55 movement. replica watches Seiko increased the length of the watch a bit, from 37mm to 39.9mm. I ponder basically would've liked the watch if they'd sticked to 37mm. Personally i think who's could have been too small, so 39.9mm is definitely perfect. A size that could definitely fit most men.This watch results in a large amount of high pitched oohs and aahs if this was consideration to us in BaselWorld, simply to end in lower pitched oohs and aahs if we heard the list price. Before BaselWorld, rumor was that this can be around 3000 Euro. And that has been somewhat of a disappointment into a if we monitored the responses. 3800 Euro is way too steep, however sure enough have this watch will never be long within the boutiques possibly at authorized dealers. They will understand to collectors anyway, I am certain.I really don't mind owning this watch myself, but to become brutally honest to you, I may choose a genuine 62MAS instead for half its price (where you can modern Marinemaster privately). This sort of disappointed with the expense of this watch, Seiko offers a similar looking model as 'modern re-interpretation' of the 62MAS, reference SPB051 and SPB053 for respectively 1100 and 900 Euro. These have the same appearance because SLA017, though with a 6R15 movement and also a larger diameter case. However, for purists, replica quartz ladies watch these are probably a tad too not the same as the initial 62MAS.SpecificationsFirst Diver's Re-creation Special edition: SLA017Caliber 8L35 Automatic Vibrations: 28,800 vibrations per hour (8 beats per second) Power reserve: 50 hours Amount of jewels: 26 Specifications Stainless case with super-hard coating Box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating Screw case back. Screw-down crown Water proofing: 200m diver's Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m Diameter: 39.9mm, Thickness: 14.1mm Silicone strap. A stainless-steel bracelet is roofed. Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 3,800 Euro Limited Edition of 2,000 pcs Seiko 62MAS