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Seiko Seiko Prospex wins the Sports watch prize

The jury of 29 watch and luxury experts selected the Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver's Re-creation as the best sports watch of the year.

Seiko created its first diver's watch in 1965 and, ever since, has been responsible for many important innovations in this most demanding of watch specialties. From the first titanium case for a diver's watch to the invention of the accordion-style strap and of the one-piece case structure with outer protector, Seiko has been a pioneer in the field.

Seiko Prospex wins the Sports watch prize

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In 1968, Seiko made its first hi-beat diver's watch with 300-meter water resistance. This watch was one of the foundation stones on which Seiko's future diver's watch development was based. It had a 10-beat, high precision automatic caliber, a one-piece structure, a screw-down crown and a uni-directional rotating bezel. The new recreation has all these characteristics but is brought right up to date with a caliber, 8L55, that was specially designed for diver's use and is made by hand by Seiko's craftsmen and women in the Shizukuishi Watch Studio in Morioka in the north of Japan.

This is the fourth occasion on which Seiko has won an award at the GPHG but it is only the second time that one of their mechanical watches has been recognised and the first time that a Seiko diver's watch has won an award.

Commenting on the award, the Chairman & CEO of Seiko Watch Corporation, Shinji Hattori said, "I am very grateful to the GPHG and its jury for their decision to give to Seiko this award. We are very proud of our long tradition in diver's watches and in hi-beat watchmaking. It is a great honor to see our achievements recognised on this most prestigious stage."

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The history of Seiko is a more than 130 year story of innovation. From the very start, Kintaro Hattori was determined to be at the forefront of the industry and his oft-repeated credo was that Seiko should be “Always one step ahead of the rest.”

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