Naomi Uemura was a pioneering Japanese explorer and adventurer with a wildly impressive resume that included being the first person to complete a solo mission to the North Pole, the first person to raft down the Amazon river solo, and was part of the first Japanese team to summit Mt. Everest. Uemura’s arsenal of gear included a 1970 Seiko dive watch, and with 2021 marking the 80th anniversary since the explorer’s birth, the makers of his watch of choice have opted to honor Uemura with a limited edition Prospex watch.
The Seiko Prospex Naomi Uemura 80th Anniversary Limited Edition (reference number SLA049) features a 44mm asymmetrical stainless steel ‘Willard’ case and with a super-hard coating, a screw-down crown at 4 o’clock, and a matching three-link bracelet with a three-fold clasp. Also sold with an included silicone strap, the watch is equipped with a blue textured dial that takes inspiration from the mountainous and snowy terrains that Naomi famously explored. At the heart of this horological homage is Seiko’s automatic Caliber 8L35 movement that boasts 26 jewels, a 50-hour power reserve, and is waterproof down to 656’. Limited to only 1,200 units in total, the Seiko Prospex Naomi Uemura 80th Anniversary Limited Edition SLA049 is slated for a release in July, with pricing set at approximately $3,575
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