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Seiko Marine Master Professional 1000m Automatic Diver SBDX011 – The Benchmark For All Dive Watches

Seiko Marine Master Professional 1000m Automatic Diver SBDX011 – The Benchmark For All Dive Watches

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Seiko Marine Master Professional 1000m Automatic Diver SBDX011 – The Benchmark For All Dive Watches
Seiko Marine Master Professional 1000m Automatic Diver SBDX011 – The Benchmark For All Dive Watches

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Seiko Marine Master Professional 1000m Automatic Diver SBDX011
 –
 The Benchmark For All Dive Watches
By Meor Amri Meor Ayob
 
Photos from the writers personal collection Tuesday, December 31, 2013
 Seiko has a number of notable offerings, Their professional watch series is one of the, if not the  best, in the world. Under the
Prospex
 sub-brand, these are purpose built tool watches. In the last few days of 2013, I finally achieved one of my grails, the Seiko Marine Master Professional 1000m Automatic Diver SBDX011. Commonly known as the
Tuna
or
Emperor Tuna
 or
Darth Tuna
 or
Hockey Puck 
, this is the flagship of the entire Seiko automatic divers' line. Unfortunately, this watch is only available in Japan. But not to worry, my good supplier, Mr Katsu-san of  www.higuchi-inc.com is ever ready to deliver. After just a few days, the familiar looking EMS box from Japan Post was on my desk.  Not a lot has been written about the SBDX011 even though it was released way  back in April 2009. The reason is that it was destined only for the Japanese domestic market. Although Japanese horologists would provide the necessary write-up on this model, language barrier as well as the unavailability of the watch to be reviewed in depth outside Japan exacerbates the poor coverage on this model. Therefore, I am taking this opportunity to contribute towards the existing pool of information about this watch. When I opened the package, I was greeted by a set of origami made the staff of  www.higuchi-inc.com. I was touched by the gesture.
 
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The package was well insulated. Not that it matters anyway since the watch has a built tough reputation. The main watch case in rectangular and in  black. A cardboard sleeve protects it. After taking off the sleeve, you will find the familiar box with the Seiko brand printed on top in white. Opening it reveals the watch. What a stunner. The size of the beast is breathtaking. Even though still wrapped in plastic, you can clearly see the immense bulk of the watch. It truly deserves the various nicknames given to it.
 
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One of the documents that came with this watch highlighted the caliber of the movement used in this model. The 8L35 in an automatic, windable and hackable in-house movement by Seiko. Using 26 jewels, operating at 28,800 bph and a power reserve of 50 hours, this movement is one of the top line movements that Seiko reserve for only its best models, namely the Grand Seikos. In this particular case, the SBDX011 is deemed
to be Seiko’s best
-in-class, hence
it’s
 right to use the 8L35. In fact, the 8L35 is an undecorated variant movement similar to that of the 9S55 Caliber. Seiko claims the watch is +/- 10 to 15 seconds a day but as in most cases, Seiko's actual accuracy is better. In a number of reviews made about this watch, the accuracy of +/- in seconds should be measured in months instead of days. For example in an August 2008 article by
Ariel Adams 
, he said the 8L35 has been better than even chronometer ratings with accuracy clocking in at +/- 10 to 15 seconds a month. In another article written in February 2010 by
, he mentioned accuracy of +12 seconds per month. The Marine Master has a 52 mm diameter single block titanium case with special coating and a height of 17.4 mm. The dial is covered by a thick internal anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal. With the standard rubber strap  provided, total weight of the package stood at 140 gm. The care for details is excellent. The workmanship on the titanium case with its DLC-like treatment is so smooth like liquid metal. The case protection in the form of the shroud is made of some kind of matte ceramic, fixed by four hex screws, also DLC-like.

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