Seiko’s have added three new solar powered Prospex Speedtimers to their collection and they are just as good a deal as previous offerings. If there is one thing to complain about here, is that it might have been better if they were in the turtle shaped case, but they have other offerings with that feature, so it isn’t a complete loss. Gotta differentiate after all.
Having the turtle-shaped case would have made these watches look a little less plain and would have been more in line with the Speedtimer series from the 60s and 70s. However, they don’t look bad, not at all, just a little generic. But Seiko aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel here, they are providing a good product at a reasonable price. If you want innovation and interesting designs, go to Grand Seiko.
These are powered by Seiko’s own solar Calibre V192, that powers a 60-minute chronograph, 24-hour sub-dial, and a charge that can last for up to six months without being exposed to light. That is just straight up convenient.
The new colours introduced are the silver SSC911, the blue and red (definitely not Pepsi) SSC913, and the black and red SSC915. Which is the best? They’re all safe colourways, tried and true, so there isn’t really a best. No matter which you go with you’ll probably be happy. It’s in the colourway that the inspiration from Seiko’s 60s Speedtimers becomes apparent.
The aluminium bezel and the hands on the dial also take direct inspiration from the original Speedtimers.
These are available now at Seiko boutiques and via their online store with a price tag of $1,100 AUD.
At A Glance
Reference: SSC913P1, SSC911P1, SSC915P1
Precision: +-15 seconds per month
Crystal: Curved Sapphire
Functions: Display function of resuming electric power generation, Overcharge prevention function, 24-hour hand, Equipped with small seconds hand, Chronograph up to 60 minutes in 1/5 second increments, Date display
Water Resistance: 10 bar
Luminescence: Lumibrite on hands and index(es)
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