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Seiko’s 1,000m Tuna Turns 35 & Celebrates With A Limited Re-Release

The Seiko Tuna diver is one of the most unusual and recognizable watch designs ever, thanks to its oversized and round tuna can-shaped case. Since first debuting with a big splash in 1975, there have been a number of Tuna variants released over the years, with one of the most notable being the 1986 version that added a 1,000m depth rating for saturation diving. Now, Seiko is reissuing that iconic reference in a limited run to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

The Seiko Prospex 1986 Quartz Diver 35th Anniversary Limited Edition borrows a number of features directly from its progenitor, including the 1,000m water resistance, the high-torque caliber 7C46 quartz movement, and the unique titanium monocoque case. But there are a number of material upgrades as well on the reissue, with the characteristic shroud now in zirconia ceramic, the crystal in sapphire, and the strap in silicone. The gold coating that earned the ‘80s Tunas the nickname “Golden Tuna” is gone, as the new watch has a silver bezel and black crown. Speaking of the crown, it now has a bright yellow stem and “lock” text as safety features so you remember to screw it in prior to diving. Finally, the new dial boasts an attractive gradient design that changes from blue at the top to black at the bottom, mimicking the deep sea. Seiko is making just 1,200 of these 35th Anniversary Tunas, and they’re priced at €2,700 (~$3,300).

Purchase: $3,300

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