Time is up! The polls are closed, and just like that, this year’s Seiko World Cup has come to an end. You followed along and cast your votes, and we are finally happy to announce the winner. As you know, the victory was snapped up by the fantastic Seiko Marinemaster 300 SBDX001. This classic Seiko diver was the most expensive in the draft, but it is one that punches above its weight in terms of finishing, specs, and heritage. However, there is more to be said about the final match-up and the contest itself.

There were a number of upsets along the way. We saw some Seiko classics go out in favor of slightly less obvious choices. Even the final contender, Daan’s SPB317, which went up against the winner, was a surprising underdog. Despite this, it still managed to cut through serious competition. So let’s take a look back at the contest, some of its highlights, and finally, celebrate the Marinemaster’s (not entirely unexpected) victory!

Seiko Marinemaster 300 SBDX001

Seiko World Cup: Dive Watch Edition

The Seiko World Cup: Dive Watch Edtion started with a wide-ranging roster of divers carefully selected by the participating group of writers. The list included classics, such as Thomas’s SKX009, Lex’s 6159-7010 “Grandfather Tuna,” and Mike’s 6215-7000. Two of these were rather unexpectedly dropped out in their first bouts. Obviously, being limited to just eight watches, we couldn’t cover some of the countless great dive watches that Seiko has produced. Watches like the classic “Turtle,” “Willard,” or even the beloved SPB143 could have gotten quite far along in the competition. However, this just leaves room for us to revisit the contest.

Whether the next World Cup series covers Seiko divers, chronographs, dress, or field watches remains to be seen. Perhaps it will cover the watches of a different brand entirely. Regardless, you can rest assured that it will make a comeback next year. For now, commiserations to the Seiko SPB317, a watch that exceeded expectations and, with 47% of the votes, came close to dethroning the winner in the final round battle. Try as it might, though, this budget-friendly finalist couldn’t clinch victory over the mighty Marinemaster.

Seiko Marinemaster 300 SBDX001

Final thoughts

There you have it, folks! The first edition of the Seiko World Cup has its winner. Were you rooting for the SBDX001 from the start? If not, which of the other watches was your favorite? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.