Reviewing the Seiko “Ice Diver” SPB179 – Podcast Episode 112

Introduced just a few months ago, the Seiko “Ice Diver” series paid homage to the 50th anniversary of legendary Japanese adventurer Naomi Uemura, who conquered Mt. Everest wearing a Seiko diver in 1970. Inspired by the extreme wilderness and icy conditions experienced, the collection consists of three dial colors (grey, green, and light blue) combined with a uniquely patterned dial that bring to life the story of that glacial trek.  Seiko was kind enough to send us the SPB179 (light blue dial) for review so we figured we’d dedicate an episode to sharing our thoughts.

The Seiko Ice Dicer series falls under the highly popular Propex line from the brand. Its “sumo-style” stainless steel case measures at 45mm with a thickness of 12.9mm and lug to lug length of 52.6mm. With screw down crown, Seiko has given us 200m of water resistance and the watch has met ISO criteria for scuba diving. The watch is sold on a stainless steel bracelet with micro adjustment capable clasp and includes a box set with mini mag light. A sapphire crystal tops the unique waffle textured dial in a stunning ice blue color that definitely makes you think of a glacier. All powered by the Seiko SR35 automatic calibre with 70 hour power reserve and priced at $900.

Now if you’re new to our podcast watch reviews, here is where things get a little different. As watch collectors ourselves, we love the joy of hunting down that next new addition to our collection, and we’ve tailored these episodes to reflect that. There are four main questions the two of us ask before making a watch purchase, and that’s what we are talking about here. No facts…just our opinions on the Seiko Ice Diver and how it could fit into our lives. Today, we’re asking the following:

1.) What are our favorite and least favorite features?

2.) How versatile did we find the watch to be and does the timepiece suit its designated purpose?

3.) Does the watch offer a fair value for its cost?

4.) Would this get regular wear and last long term in my collection?

Wrapping things up, this was an interesting one because we both had some strong and opposing opinions about it, especially when talking about wearability. Be sure to listen in and let us know what you think! And a huge thank you to Seiko for ending this over to us for review. Be sure to check the Ice Diver collection out on their website.


*A note to our listeners: Today’s watch review episode was not paid for in any way. 

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