4 Mar 2016
Press Release

Seiko announces a partnership with PADI, the world's largest diving network

Prospex PADI Special Editions

Since the launch of our first diver's watch in 1965, Seiko has brought to professional divers a stream of innovative new technologies and designs that have made diving safer and easier for the professional and recreational diver alike. These innovations include the world's first titanium diver's watch in 1975, the first diver's watch with a ceramic outer case in 1986 and the first Nitrox Dive Computer watch in 2000. Thanks to these advances and to the supreme quality of our diver's watches, Seiko has earned a high reputation of trust in the diving community.

By a strange coincidence, a few months after Seiko's first diver's watch appeared two American dive enthusiasts decided that standards of training in diving needed to be raised and founded the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Over the past fifty years, PADI™ has become the world's most trusted scuba diving training organization. With over 6,300 Dive Centers and more than 136,000 qualified PADI professional instructors around the world, PADI has issued an amazing 24 million certifications and has done more than any other organization to introduce diving to the world.

Seiko and PADI share a passion for ensuring the safety and enjoyment of divers and for protection of the marine environment, so a partnership felt very right. Seiko is proud to announce its support to PADI and, in particular, Project AWARE™, a global movement of scuba divers working to protect the ocean planet - one dive at a time. Project AWARE empowers thousands of divers in more than 180 countries to work together for clean, healthy and abundant oceans and Seiko is proud to support it.

To celebrate and promote this partnership, two Prospex PADI Special Editions will be released this autumn.

One uses Seiko's unique Kinetic caliber, which, powered solely by the movement of the wearer's body, offers both precision and security to the diver. This model uses the same two-layer case construction as the legendary 1975 model, but it does so in a modern way. The second Prospex PADI model has a case and dial design that is also a reminder of a classic, the 1970's Seiko 150m mechanical diver's. Famous for its unique shaped case, wide and clear hands and indexes, this watch is now widely collected and still has many admirers throughout the world. Both special models feature PADI's characteristic red and blue color on the dials and the bezels, and the PADI logo on the dials.

Please visit the following links for more information about PADI and Project AWARE.

PADI: https://www.padi.com/scuba-diving/
Project AWARE: http://www.projectaware.org/

Kinetic GMT Diver's: SUN065

Caliber 5M85
  Powered by the movement of human body
  Power reserve: Approximately 6 months
  Power reserve indication at the press of a button
  GMT hand with easy hour hand adjustment function
  Instant-start function
  Accuracy: +/-15 seconds per month (at temperatures between 5°C and 35°C)

  Stainless steel case
  Screw case back
  Screw-down crown
  Water resistance: 200m
  Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
  Diameter: 47.5mm,Thickness: 14.1mm
  Silicone strap

Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 630

Automatic Diver’s: SRPA21

Caliber 4R36
  Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
  Power reserve: approximately 41 hours
  Jewels: 24 jewels

  Stainless steel case
  Screw case back
  Screw-down crown
  Hardlex crystal
  Diameter: 45.00mm, Thickness: 13.4mm
  Water resistance: 200m
  Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
  Stainless steel bracelet with three-fold clasp with secure lock, push button release with extender

Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: 430 Euro

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