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The Prospex Land Series is leaving the depths and taking to the mountains. ...

Seiko has always been known for its commitment to excellence, blending modernity with a rich history of watchmaking. While Seiko’s Prospex line has often delved into the depths of the ocean with iconic dive watches, their latest historically-inspired creation, the Prospex Land Series GMT reference SPB411, takes a different path – it’s ready to accompany you on your mountain adventures.

The SPB411 pays homage to Seiko’s first GMT watch featuring a rotating bezel, the 1968 Navigator Timer. This classic timepiece, created in the spirit of the late 1960s, boasts a barrel-shaped case, a distinctive rotating 24-hour bezel, and a crown positioned at 4 o’clock. The brushed grey dial, adorned with bold applied markers and vibrant accents, captures the essence of its era perfectly.

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Although no longer bearing the Navigator Timer name, the new Prospex GMT SPB411 proudly carries forward the design legacy of its predecessor while seamlessly integrating contemporary elements. One noteworthy detail is Seiko’s dedication to maintaining the original proportions, resulting in a compact 38.5mm diameter case and a comfortable 45.2mm length.

The iconic rotating bezel makes its triumphant return, complete with a black-filled engraved 24-hour scale and a luminescent pearl at the 0/24 mark. The watch continues to exhibit classic Seiko features, including brushed steel surfaces, protected by a Super-Hard coating, a sturdy screwed plain steel back, a box-shaped sapphire crystal, and a reliable 100-meter water resistance.

Seiko carries the retro vibe onto the dial, featuring a mid-grey sunray-brushed base adorned with textured applied markers. Encircling the dial is an inner flange with minute scale and LumiBrite dots for enhanced visibility in various lighting conditions. While the Navigator Timer name doesn’t make a return at 6 o’clock, the overall execution remains faithful to its heritage. The short, red-painted GMT hand adds a touch of nostalgia, despite its somewhat questionable legibility. It’s important to note that, like most mid-range GMT watches from Seiko, the SPB411 serves as a practical dual-time watch with the ability to adjust the 24-hour hand independently.

Nestled inside the case is the in-house automatic Calibre 6R54, ticking at 3Hz and boasting an impressive 72-hour power reserve. This reliable movement ensures that your Prospex Land Series GMT SPB411 will keep pace with your adventures without missing a beat. To complement the watch’s overall aesthetics, Seiko offers a period-correct 5-link stainless steel bracelet, adding a distinctive touch. The bracelet securely fastens with a three-fold clasp featuring a convenient push-button release.

The Seiko Prospex Land Series GMT ref. SPB411 is more than just a watch; it’s a limited edition piece of history, with only 4,000 units available. Set to hit the market in November 2023, it comes with a price tag of USD $1,500. 

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