Presenting the Seiko Prospex Diver SPB107 - TOPPER LIMITED Edition
The seventh entry in an ongoing series of TOPPER Edition watches specially designed for Northern California retailer Topper Jewelers, introduces a stealthy and exclusive color treatment to a fan-favorite Seiko Prospex diver.
The Seiko 'Prospex' (Japanese shorthand for “Professional Specifications”) story is one that has rightfully earned its place in watch collector lore. Justifiably so, as pieces bearing the signature 'X' have been expressly purpose-built to the specifications demanded by marine professionals, military pilots, and adventure-seekers alike, ensuring total dependability virtually anywhere on the planet. This includes extreme water resistance, enhanced shock and magnetic resistance, and improved legibility in any lighting environment.
This very special TOPPER Edition Prospex Dive watch was inspired by that pure capability and adventurous spirit, and is built around the foundation and dial architecture of the SPB077 Diver. Introduced in 2018, the SPB077 is a thoroughly modern tool watch that continues the traditions of Seiko's groundbreaking 6159 Hi-Beat Diver from 1968, which would go on to set the bar for all Prospex watches to follow. Like the SPB077, this TOPPER Edition includes a highly scratch resistant sapphire crystal, and Seiko's newest long-lasting LumiBrite on the hands and markers which lasts approximately 60% longer than previous applications.
However, unlike 2018's standard-issue SPB077 Prospex model, this new Limited Edition heeds a series of unique design codes specially selected by Topper and Seiko Watch of America with the collective goal of yielding an entirely new reference in the Seiko family that should slot neatly alongside the fan-favorite 'Darth Tuna' and 'Ninja Turtle' Prospex models.
Most immediately apparent, is how this special Limited Edition is finished in a super-hard black coating, lending the watch a stealthy, monochromatic on-wrist aesthetic. But a closer look reveals other thoughtful touches; like a date wheel color-matched to the black dial, and a bright orange-tipped seconds hand to balance the Prospex diver's signature lumed counterweight. This Japan-made diver is finished with two other key signatures: an ultra-soft silicone diver's strap with a re-designed Prospex pin buckle, and Seiko's 6R15 movement, which delivers better accuracy and a longer power reserve (over 50 hours) over the 4R36 movement utilized on many Prospex watches.
Seiko Prospex TOPPER Edition Diver Specs:
- Reference: SPB107
- Manufacture: Japan
- Dimensions: 44mm x 13.1mm (W x H), 20mm lugs
- Case: super hard black coated stainless steel
- Water Resistance: 200 meters
- Movement: 6R15 (hours, minutes, seconds, date)
- Strap: Seiko silicone dive strap
- Limited to 500 individually numbered pieces
- Available for now pre-order (anticipated delivery: July, 2019)
- Price: $1,000 USD
About Topper Jewelers
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Topper Fine Jewelers has remained a proudly family-owned retail store in Burlingame, California for over three generations. Topper is an authorized dealer for luxury men’s and women’s watches, specializing in premium Swiss, German, and Japanese brands like Grand Seiko, OMEGA, Blancpain, Zenith, Nomos, Longines, Seiko Prospex, Seiko Presage, Zodiac, Oris, and many others.
In addition to being authorized dealers, store owners Russ and Rob Caplan love to help spread the passion for timepieces in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond by sponsoring community meet-ups and developing special limited edition watches exclusively for the store. This Seiko Prospex Diver is the seventh in a continuing series of now sold-out TOPPER Editions, which began in 2015 with a co-branded Nomos Glashutte Tangente. The series went on to include a Bremont MBII to commemorate Topper Jeweler’s 75th Anniversary, a Nomos Glashutte Zurich World Timer, an Oris Diver 65 which was Oris’s first ever non date dive watch, and two separate capsule collections of Zodiac SuperThe Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.