- Brand: Seiko
- Product: SEIKO PROSPEX Save the Ocean Special Edition, SPB297
- Price: $1,250
- from: Seikoluxe.com
Seiko’s Prospects The Save the Ocean series is a full slate of high-quality, durable dive watches with a lofty but serious mission. The exclusive collection was launched in 2018 and will be updated seasonally with a new nautical inspired theme. Proceeds from sales are dedicated to supporting many different marine conservation causes initiative. New for this year, a reinterpretation of the much-loved 1965 diver’s watch. So, this particular Prospex watch ranks mega-high on the altruism scale, but how does it fare in real-life adventure and wear?
To test Seiko’s Prospex Save the Ocean Special Edition, we tapped Nick LaVecchia, an accomplished photographer with a passion for nature. Nick LaVecchia is fascinated by the ocean – swimming, sailing, riding the waves – and anything outdoors. As he traveled from adventure to adventure, photography became a storytelling tool to which he naturally gravitated.
Lavechia spends more time in water than on land; His most recent work has been photographing different forms of seaweed in the Atlantic. Moreover, he highly values comfort, style and usability in his timepieces – who better to test Seiko Prospects? We joined LaVecchia, Maine as he tested this watch, to document the thrills and hot takes.
Q: Describe your approach to photography?
Nick LaVecchia: I always take a “less is more” approach, making the most of the time thinking About the pictures before I go to create something special. Contemplative and minimalist with a deep appreciation for nature, light and composition.
Q: What inspires you about the rugged Maine landscape?
Ans: I am constantly inspired by the beautiful and original landscape here: how the four seasons can shape and change that landscape throughout the year. It constantly amazes me visually. I would be lost without the changing of the seasons.
Q: What do you like most about photographing the ocean?
Ans: The sea is my second home. It’s forever changing… so many moods and endless textures. I live for experiencing a massive winter storm at sea: a big angry sea, my camera, wetsuit and no tourists. That’s it.
Q: You are currently photographing kelp. Are you working on a series?
Ans: I have grown to love some of the things I see every day at sea here in Maine. Buoys are one, and native seaweed and grasses are another. Spending time swimming and observing these things in their habitat throughout the year, documenting them when the time and light are right. Observing how they grew up in their surroundings and how nature caught them. Both are an ongoing learning and study for me.
Q: Is the watch comfortable to wear while shooting?
Ans: The SPB297 is very comfortable to wear all day in many different scenarios. I was able to transition seamlessly from the studio and shooting on land into my wetsuit and into the ocean. There were no issues fitting the watch comfortably with my wetsuit and camera housing.
Q: What is your first impression of Seiko watch and does aAnything, in particular, worth mentioning about it?
Ans: Stylish and high quality with simple attention to detail and usability. The look and feel stand out in particular: high-end and easy to dress up while being casually wearable and without feeling too bulky or heavy.
Who is this for?
A good dive watch should be capable, durable and comfortable – this Prospex model ticks every box. The SPB297 can be dressed up or down, so it’s perfect for city slickers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Packing all the features you’d find in a dive watch with a slim fit and stunning dial, this timepiece is a versatile addition to any collection.
With its competitive price, premium materials and comfortable fit Prospex Save the Ocean Special Edition A resounding yes from us. LaVecchia has put his timepiece through many hours of adventures on and off land, proving it to be a capable extreme-adventure buddy. And now you know that this model is linked Save the Ocean CampaignYour new Prospecs is a purchase you can feel good about.