I am truly a WIS. What is a WIS? It stands for Watch Idiot Savant. So why am I a WIS? Well I had a Root Canal today, OK the technical term is Endodontic Therapy. After the treatment, I did not go home. I went to a shopping mall called Takashimaya. I went there because I was told by my friendly watch shop that Seiko is having an exhibition there (for those in Taiwan, it is Takashimaya in Tienmou). By the way, a WIS is someone who knows a lot about watches but nothing else.
Well there was not really an exhibition but the Seiko shop there is introducing the new Seiko Marine Master White Dolphin reference SBBN19. But before we get to the watch, they (Seiko) did have on display the following watches. These is a representation of the dive watches Seiko had made over the past 45 years. How I wish I had even 1 of these fine watches.
Before anyone asks, nope none of these watches are for sale. I know, I asked.
The focus of the exhibition is of course this watch. The Limited Edition Seiko Marine Master White Dolphin.
A much nicer photograph.
A bit more about the Marine Master. The watch is issued to commemorate the 45th. Anniversary of Seiko making dive watches. The Prospex Marine Master, reference SBBN19 watch is called the White Dolphin (because of the white ceramic surround?). The watch features a ceramic-coated titanium case and is water resistant to 1,000 meters. It is a limited edition run of only 300 pieces and individually serialised. I understand that Taiwan has been allocated 30 pieces. The retail price is USD 2,100. It is retailing for NTD 85,000. I would be very tempted had it been an automatic like the Seiko reference SBDX011.
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, day and date
Case: Titanium with white ceramic coating, 49.3 mm diameter, 15.3 mm thick
Movement: Seiko caliber 7C36 quartz
Water resistant: 100 ATM