Seiko Prospex 1970 Diver’s Re-Creation CAPTAIN WILLARD SLA033 Limited Edition


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Quick Take

This is something to quicken the pulses of Seiko dive watch enthusiasts: a modern version of the famous 6105, also known as the “Willard,” as that was the model worn by Martin Sheen in his portrayal of Captain Willard in Apocalypse Now. The original 6105 came in two versions – one was the standard cushion cased 8000/8009, and the other was the larger 8110/8119. The later is the model worn by Sheen in the film, and it’s a classic of dive watch design of the era – big, with an eye-catching asymmetrical case that features substantial crown guards and the crown at 4:00, with 150 meter water resistance. As with other dive watches of the era, the problem is not so much finding one as it is finding one in good condition; they were affordable and reliable, and were bought to be used. Used they were, under sometimes very harsh conditions (the 6105 was produced from 1968 to 1977) and this new model offers a chance to enjoy the broad-shouldered appeal of the original, with up-to-date materials and a modern movement.

The movement is the caliber 8L35, with a 50 hour power reserve, and water resistance is now 200 meters. SLA033 features a Zaratsu-polished bezel (Zaratsu polishing is the hand-polishing technique used for Grand Seiko cases, in general) and it’s being offered as a limited edition of 2,500 pieces, at a slightly-higher-than-1968 price of $4,250.

Initial Thoughts

This is the latest in a line of limited edition dive watches from Seiko which are based on historic models, but updated with modern  8L series movements. In 2017, we had the Prospex Diver SLA017, which is a new take on the 6217 and which uses caliber 8L35; this was followed in 2018 by the SLA025, which is also based on a model from the 1960s and which uses caliber 8L55. Both are higher-end takes on the originals and are priced accordingly, at just over $4,000 and $5400 respectively. SLA033 also has a double-curved sapphire crystal with AR coating, and, says Seiko, a “super-hard coating” on the 45mm stainless steel case. The watch is also hand-assembled in the Seiko Shizukuishi Watch Studio, where mechanical Grand Seiko and Credor watches are made.

The new SLA033 looks like a fantastic dive watch in many respects and gives up nothing to the original in terms of aesthetics, however I’ll admit to some sticker shock every time Seiko comes out with a higher-end version of one of their classic divers. That said, the two predecessors to SLA033 struck me in person as very handsome watches and, given the higher quality construction and the use of much higher quality movements than the originals, the cost is justifiable. I think we may be forgiven for wishing these three watches had been more affordable, but the intention in all three cases was not to do a re-issue of the originals, but to use their design as a foundation for something better qualitatively. The previous two models were very successful and given the fact that SLA033 comes straight from the same playbook, it seems very likely it will be just as avidly sought as its predecessors.

The Basics

Brand: Seiko (Prospex)

Model: The 1970 Diver’s Re-Creation Limited Edition

Reference Number: SLA033

Diameter: 45mm

Thickness: 13mm

Case Material: Stainless steel with “super-hard” coating

Dial Color: Black

Indexes: Applied

Lume: Yes, on hands and indexes

Water Resistance: 200 meters

Strap/Bracelet: Waffle pattern silicone strap

The Movement

Caliber: 8L35

Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Power Reserve: 50 hours

Winding: Automatic

Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)

Jewels: 26

Pricing & Availability

Price: $4,250

Limited Edition: 2,500 pieces worldwide (SOLD OUT)

Excellent condition, Incredibly Rare & Completely Sold Out! This Model is Limited Edition #1706/2500 and is Sold Out & Unavailable from Seiko! Also this is a complete Set with the watch having very minimal signs of wear!! 
BRAND: Seiko
MODEL: Prospex 1970’s Diver’s Re-Creation Limited Edition #1706/2500

MOVEMENT: Japanese – Automatic – 50 Hours Power Reserve

CASE: Stainless Steel

CROWN: Screw Down Crown

SIZE: 45mm

LUGS: 20mm

DIAL: Black Dial

BEZEL: rotating Diver

CONDITION: Pre-Owned – Excellent Condition!

BOXES/PAPERS: Yes/Yes – 100% Complete Box Set – comes with everything as shown in pictures!


STRAP/BRACELET: – Original Seiko Black Rubber Dive strap with Seiko Steel Buckle.

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