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Moments in Time: Antarctic Time

The Seiko Prosper LX NR045 limited edition watch as seen in an underwater setting in the Antarctic. Photo©Yukiko Tanabe, Courtesy Seiko. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

It was back in 1965 that the house of Seiko brought out its first diver’s watch which was also the first Japanese diver’s watch. These watches were dispatched to Japanese researchers and explorers working in difficult environments and the Seiko diver’s watches have time and again demonstrated their ground-breaking performance in extreme situations ever since. The Skarvsnes domain is located some 55 kilometers from the Japanese research station, Showa, in the Antarctic. It was here that the Japanese researchers discovered a mysterious underwater forest composed of myriad seaweeds and organisms. The site was dubbed kokebozu by the explorers.

Today the house has brought out a limited edition watch inspired by this extraordinary mystical underwater landscape. The Seiko Prosper LX NR045 limited edition is a high level sport’s watch which has a highly aesthetic design as well, set off by its sea green color whose dial captures the look of the underwater forest in Antarctica. The timepiece is crafted in Seiko’s high intensity titanium.

The Seiko Prosper LX NR045 limited edition watch. Photo Courtesy Seiko. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The professional diver’s watch which has been brought out in a limited edition of just 500 pieces with the serial number engraved on the case back is water-resistant to 300 meters (1,000 feet) and so can be worn for saturation diving which involves deep underwater tasks and exploring. The timepiece is outfitted with Lumibrite hands, indexes and bezel which can be seen in the depths of the dark and has a power reserve of 72 hours. The watch’s in-house movement is equipped with an innovative Seiko mechanism, the 5R35 caliber Spring Drive.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette

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