Seiko know how to make their fans happy with reworks and re-releases of some of their most popular and sought-after models. Thankfully, Seiko like to put out these watches for anniversaries and for their own 110-year anniversary, they’ve reworked the classic “Captain Willard” Prospex seen being worn by Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now. Introducing the 110th Anniversary Seiko Prospex Save the Ocean Limited Edition.
In 1968, Seiko released the 6105. American soldiers could buy these watches at PXs (Post Exchanges) on bases in and around Vietnam. These became popular with U.S. troops as the standard Army-issued watches often failed in the jungle environment. Hence, in Apocalypse Now you can see Martin Sheen wearing one. That specific model (6105-8000) has been affectionately known as the “Captain Willard” model after Sheen’s character in the film.
This watch has influenced Seiko’s line-up right up to the present day. The 4 o’clock crown? Thank the 6105. The cushion-shaped case? Thank the 6105. The entire “Turtle” line? Thank the 6105.
The 110th Anniversary watch is in the Save the Ocean series and most of the inspiration it takes from the 6105 is the slim case. Measuring in at 41mm, it’s modestly sized, but it’s the 12.3mm thickness that puts amongst Seiko’s thinnest dive watches. While it references the shape of the past, inside is the modern and high-performing 6R35 automatic calibre with a 70-hour power reserve.
Seiko love to take inspiration from nature on their dials and it’s no different here. The textured dial evokes the polar glaciers of the Arctic and Antarctic. It’s a silvery-white and very delicately striated to provide depth. Not that it gets in the way of legibility at all.
There are two bracelets available, a five-row steel bracelet with secure clasps and extenders for diving, and a polyester strap made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. The strap has a unique look to it thanks to the Seichu braiding, a traditional Japanese technique, that is supposed to provide additional strength.
These watches have been limited to 5,000 pieces. An Australian price hasn’t been released yet, but a European price of €1,350 (~$2,100 AUD) has been attached by some outlets.
At a Glance
Movement: 6R35 Automatic with manual winding
Precision: +25 to -15 seconds per day
Case Material: Stainless-steel (super hard coating)
Power Reserve: 70-hours
Functions: Stop seconds hand function, Date display
Water Resistance: 200m/660ft