Seiko Prospex SLA049 The Naomi Uemura 80th Anniversary Limited Edition
The Naomi Uemura 80th Anniversary Limited Edition (limited to 1,200 pieces)AVAILABLE JULY 2021!CONCEPTFive years after the introduction of Seikos, and Japans, first divers watch in 1965, Seiko introduced a watch that was as instantly memorable as it was supremely functional. This 1970 divers watch had a flowing case design with an asymmetrical extension that protected the crown at the four oclock position. With its solid construction, 150-meter water resistance, luminous hands, and indexes, it was perfect for those who required a timepiece with exceptional strength and visibility. The watch proved its reliability in extreme conditions when it was worn by the Japanese adventurer, Naomi Uemura, in the years 1974 to 1976 when he completed a 12,500km solo dog-sled run from Greenland to Alaska.2021 marks the 80th anniversary of Naomi Uemuras birth, and today, a modern re-interpretation of this much-respected divers watch commemorates the adventurers life and his exceptional achievements.DIALThis commemorative watch echoes the design of the 1970 original but is thoroughly modern in execution. The patterned dial evokes the mountainous terrain that Uemura so loved, and the dial and bezel are in the blue tones of the earths upper atmospheric layers that only those who, like him, have been to the roof of the world can see. Uemura was the first person in the world to reach the summits of the highest mountains on all five continents.CASE DESIGNThe case sides are carefully polished and the watch is presented on a five-row steel bracelet to create a modern sharp profile. The case has a distinctive asymmetrical shape to protect the crown at the 4 oclock position.ENHANCED SPECIFICATIONSThe case has a super-hard coating to protect the watch from scratches and the crystal is a dual-curved sapphire with an anti-reflective coating on the inner surface to ensure high legibility from every angle. The watch has enhanced water resistance to 200 meters.ADDITIONAL STRAPThe additional blue silicone strap has the train track pattern as the original is also offered.CASE BACKThe case back is marked with Uemuras name and carries the individual watchs serial number.MOVEMENTThis Uemura-inspired timepiece is powered by Caliber 8L35, which was designed especially for divers watches by the watchmakers at the Shizukuishi Watch Studio in northern Japan.