Seiko has revealed a stunning limited edition of a Prospex Landmaster Miura Everest 2013 (Ref. SBDB007J) watch that will follow the 80-year old Japanese alpinist, Yuichiro Miura, during his historic expedition on Mt Everest. This robust, highly legible timepiece, made of ultra-light, but extremely hard titanium, is created to provide high functionality and precision, while surviving the most extreme condition in the wild nature.
How far mankind can push his limits? That is the question that the legendary Japanese alpinist will try to answer, while conquering the highest pick in the world, for the third time in his life. Next year, Miura will be 80 years old, but as he said, that is not the reason for a man to throw away his dreams and ambitions. Thus, this unstoppable adventurer plans to climb Mt Everest in May, 2013, but first, he will do some serious training and climb 5,000, 6,000 and 7,000-meter peaks successively. In order to contribute this extraordinary venture, Seiko created the Prospex Landmaster Miura Everest 2013 watch in the limited series of 300 pieces.
I still have not found the confirmation whether Mr. Miura will wear this watch during the expedition, but if he will, it will certainly be a very useful tool, even in the rough environment of Mount Everest summit. The first great thing about this watch is that it is powered with an in-house Caliber Spring Drive 5R66 self-winding movement. For those who do not know, a Spring Drive is Seiko’s signature mechanism that provides ten times higher accuracy than any other mechanical movement (1 +/- second per day).
The secret is in the brand’s groundbreaking innovation, called tri-synchro regulator which pretty successfully replaced the escapement, the most vulnerable part of the traditional mechanisms. Powered by the main spring, this regulator controls the speed of the glide wheel and central hands by electromagnetic braking. Thus, exceptional stability, durability and precision are guaranteed. Besides, the Spring Drive is highly resistant to drastic temperature changes that are expected at great altitudes. Finally, there is an extra-efficient winding system, as well as a superb power reserve of 72 hours that completes the amazing performances of the mechanism. Besides basic functions, the mechanism also provides the GMT function.
Robustness and perfect readability are other key characteristics of professional sport timepieces. Seiko Prospex Landmaster Miura Everest 2013 watch has them both. Despite its masculine, 46mm case, the watch is very light and comfortable, since it is crafted in ultra-resistant, matt black IP coated titanium. It is available with a bracelet made of the same material, incorporating a three fold clasp. There is also an additional nylon strap. For the greater comfort and easy-handling, the crown is placed at the 12 o’clock position. The bezel and he case-back are screw down to provide extra-resistance to pressure. The new Seiko watch is protected with anti-reflecting sapphire crystal and can withstand water-pressure up to 100 meters (330 feet). The logo that symbolizes the “MIURA EVEREST 2013″ project is engraved on the side of the case, as well as on the upper surface of the crown.
The super-readable matt black dial features hour-markers and hour and minute hands with luminescent white coating. The second time zone is displayed by red Arabic numerals. The central GMT hand has an unusual design – it is skeletonized and has a red tip. Below the date window at the 3 o’clock position, there is a power reserve indicator. Each of 300 Seiko Prospex Landmaster Miura Everest 2013 watches comes in the special box with the inscription on Japanese, which is probably some of Mr. Miura’s quotes. If someone understands what it means, please let us know. The watch is available for $5,500 which is a great price for this level of quality.
The Man Who Skied Down Everest
Most famous for being the first man who skied down Everest, which was documented in the movie of the same name, the Japanese living legend Yuichiro Miura has never stopped testing human limits. On May 6,1970, he skied down from the South Col (elevation over 8,000 m (26,000 ft)). Mr. Miura descended 6,600 feet in two minutes and 20 seconds, using a parachute as drag and then passed another 1,320 feet. Movie the Man Who Skied Down Everest that shows this extraordinary achievement became the first sport film to won the Academy Award for the best documentary.
In 2003, at the age of 70, the Japanese alpinist climbed the summit of Everest, becoming the oldest person who reached the roof of the world at the time. Later, this record was surpassed, but Mr. Miura brought it back, by conquering Everest once again, at the age of 75. Since the 76-year-old Nepalese Min Bahadur Sherchan broke the record last year, Mr. Miura plans another incredible achievement. He will try to climb the summit of Everest at the age of 80! Miura is the son of the Japanese skiing legend, Keizo Miura, and the father of a 43-year-old freestyle skier and alpinist, Gota Miura.