The new Seiko SLA033 has been one of the most anticipated and talked about watches of Baselworld 2019, up there with the Tudor Black Bay P01. It is undeniable that Seiko has more memorable divers per square metre – and price segment – than any other company (just head to the Seiko microsite on MONOCHROME to confirm my assertion).
Among these iconic watches is the “Captain Willard”, the Seiko 6105, which occupies the highest echelon of Seiko divers, and of dive watches in general.
And not as a result of a well-planned marketing campaign but thanks to word to mouth, which is how fame is truly consolidated. At Baselworld 2019, Seiko took the decision to create yet another famous dive watches (after the SLA017 and the SLA025), with the 1970 Diver’s Re-Creation SLA033.
Produced from 1968 onwards, with a water-resistance of 150 metres, what caught everybody’s eye was the crown positioned at 4 o’clock (which was, in fact, used for the first time in the 1961 Seiko Silver Wave) and the big, gumboil-looking lower crown protector (the predecessor of the popular Turtle shape divers, like this one). The Seiko SLA033 recreates the 6105, so let’s take a look at the history of the model.