It’s hard to call someone a Seiko die-hard fan if he doesn’t know what the legendary Seiko 62MAS diver is. It’s also extremely hard to acquire this collectible timepiece nowadays. Luckily, there are people out there who want to build a homage watch to this historical diving equipment.
In case you haven’t heard about Seiko 62MAS, or Seiko 6217-8000/1 autoMAtic Selfdater if you prefer, it was the first attempt from Seiko to make an impact in the market of professional diver’s watches dated back to 1965. This 37 mm case dive watch watch a true showcase of modern engineering as it offered water resistance of 150 meters (with a non screw-down crown), an automatic movement with 18,000 bph, bi-directional rotating bezel and lumed markers and hands. If you want to learn more about this historical timepiece, I highly advise you checking out this article on fratellowatches.com.
If you would like to get Seiko 62MAS today, you have to prepare a budget of at least $2000, not to shabby for a 50 years old watch. But price is not the only problem as 62MAS is becoming extremely rare timepiece, and hardly ever appears on online auction-houses. That’s why, the Watchuseek community together with Manchester Watch Works are planning to create a homage to Seiko 62MAS.
The plan is to keep the watch as close to the original as possible, and as a result, you won’t see an oversized 44+ mm case or ceramic bezel inserts. Instead, the case is going to be 40 mm in diameter and water resistant to 200 m (with a screw down crown), the bezel insert is going to be made of aluminium, and the crystal is going to be a double domed sapphire. Indices, as well as the handset, will be lumed with a C3 lume to provide the highest visibility in low light situations. It’s not yet decided which movement will be used, the options are either Seiko NH15 or NH35. The approximate pricing is $350 for version with NH15 movement or $250 for NH35. Either way it seems like a great deal and an unique chance to get familiar with a diver’s watch legend.