Seiko & PADI a perfect partnership.
Since the launch of our first diver's watch in 1965, Seiko has brought to professional divers a stream of innovative new technologies and designs that have made diving safer and easier for the professional and recreational diver alike. These innovations include the world's first titanium diver's watch in 1975, the first diver's watch with a ceramic outer case in 1986 and the first Nitrox Dive Computer watch in 2000. Thanks to these advances and to the supreme quality of our diver's watches, Seiko has earned a high reputation of trust in the diving community.
By a strange co-incidence, a few months after Seiko's first diver's watch appeared two American dive enthusiasts decided that standards of training in diving needed to be raised and founded the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Over the past fifty years, PADITM has become the world's most trusted scuba diving training organization. With over 6,300 Dive Centers and more than 136,000 qualified PADI professional instructors around the world, PADI has issued an amazing 24 million certifications and has done more than any other organization to introduce diving to the world.
Seiko and PADI share a passion for ensuring the safety and enjoyment of divers and for protection of the marine environment, so a partnership felt very right. Seiko is proud to announce its support to PADI and, in particular, its ‘Project Aware' initiative. Project AWARETM is a global movement of scuba divers coming together to protect our oceans - one dive at a time. Project AWARE empowers thousands of divers in more than 180 countries to work together for clean, healthy and abundant oceans and Seiko is proud to support it.
To celebrate and promote this partnership, two Prospex PADI Special Editions will be released this autumn.
One uses Seiko's unique Kinetic caliber, which, powered solely by the movement of the wearer's body, offers both precision and security to the diver. This model uses the same two-layer case construction as the legendary 1975 model, but it does so in a modern way. The second Prospex PADI model has a case and dial design that is also a reminder of a classic, the 1970's Seiko 150m mechanical diver's. Famous for its unique shaped case, wide and clear hands and indexes, this watch is now widely collected and still has many admirers throughout the world. Both special models feature PADI's characteristic red and blue color on the dials and the bezels, and the PADI logo on the dials.
Please visit the following links for more information about PADI and Project AWARE.
Project AWARE: http://www.projectaware.org/
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