Off the back of the success of the previous Alpinist release late last year, Seiko have unveiled the Seiko Prospex Alpinist: 2021 European Limited Edition SPB201J1.
Whereas the previous edition had a green dial with striking black leather bracelet, the new version of the Alpinist takes a more traditional approach with a grey dial and rustic brown leather strap. Where does such inspiration spring from? The mountains themselves of course. The cool greys blending with the earthy tones of the strap call to mind the palettes one encounters on treks in alpine environments from Japan to Switzerland.
Let’s take a closer look at the Seiko Prospex Alpinist: 2021 European Limited Edition SPB201J1 and what makes this such an exciting release.
Limited & Special
The Seiko Prospex Alpinist: 2021 European Limited Edition SPB201J1 is limited to just 2,021 numbered pieces and is available only in Europe.
The design is based off a watch first created for Japanese ‘Yama-otoko’ mountain men in 1959. These timepieces are a part of the Land collection and so are built to be reliable in treacherous terrain. Popular with Seiko lovers worldwide, these new designs boast an enhanced specification in comparison to the original models. This includes a longer power reserve of 70 hours and a glass upgrade to Sapphire glass.
Seiko Prospex watches are designed for sports lovers and adventure seekers in the water, in the sky or on land. Since launching Japan’s first diver’s watch in 1965, Seiko’s innovative watchmaking has changed global dive watch standards.
The Seiko Prospex Alpinist: 2021 European Limited Edition SPB201J1 comes with a commemorative box and handsome Alpinist pin badge.
The Seiko Prospex Alpinist: 2021 European Limited Edition SPB201J1 comes with a stainless steel case measuring 39.5mm in diameter, with a thickness of 13.2mm. With dual oversized crowns, this watch exudes a certain masculinity yet remains elegant at all times.
The addition of sapphire glass makes sure that this is a sturdy timepiece, reflecting the fact that the The Seiko Prospex Alpinist: 2021 European Limited Edition SPB201J1 was built with Japanese mountaineers in mind.
The new iteration of the Seiko Prospex Alpinist comes with a dial in a slick shade of grey, offset with touches of red, white, and silver. This is a great option for fans of the Seiko Prospex Alpinist range looking for a subtle, toned-down look in comparison to some of the flashier previous releases.
With that said, this new Alpinist has all the rugged cool that comes with a watch of this nature. The dial is a striking one, with a date aperture at three o’clock and a tachymeter in addition to highly legible indices and markers.
The bracelet of the Seiko Prospex Alpinist: 2021 European Limited Edition SPB201J1 comes in a traditionally-inspired brown calfskin, bringing an element of natural charm to what is otherwise a muscular timepiece. With a Seiko deployant clasp, the bracelet serves to balance the look of the watch on the whole. Along with the accents on the dial, the brown really does serve to add a sense of warmth to this timepiece.
Though inspired by tradition, this is nonetheless a deeply technological timepiece. With a powerful Caliber 6R35 that is visible through a the display case back, the new Alpinist is also water-resistant to 200m. For a watch that is part of Seiko’s Land series, this is particularly impressive.
Certainly, it will be interesting to see whether the Seiko Prospex Alpinist: 2021 European Limited Edition SPB201J1 gains as much traction as the previous iteration. With an updated colourway and all the retro charm of previous models, many predict that this will be an even bigger release.
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