In 2003, a new Alpinist hit the market sporting the classic black and cream colored face using the same inner bezel compass as the 1995 edition. The 2003 Alpinist is more commonly known as the 8F56.
In fact, the Seiko Alpinist GMT Titanium Prospex High Accuracy Quartz (HAQ) Quartz SBCJ021 is one of the rarest models ever made. If you have the opportunity to buy this watch and you have the budget, do not hesitate, because you will not be disappointed. It is a discontinued model and uses a highly revered 8F56 super accurate quartz movement.
The GMT, as it is also known by, has the ability adjust from one time zone to another by way of the hour hand that moves separately from the other hands. Other features include a 10 Year lithium battery, a dual direction rotating inner bezel compass, perpetual calendar and 10 bar water resistance. The GMT is not only a collector’s item; it is a more affordable watch in comparison to other Seiko collectibles which increases its popularity. Model numbers include, SBCJ019, SBCJ021, and SBCJ031.However, there are in fact four different Alpinist-models which feature the cal.8F56: there is a cream dial version with numeral dial that comes on a brown leather strap, the hands and markers are in gold colour covered with lume (ref. SBCJ031). Then you can have two models on the titanium bracelet, one with lumibrite cream dial - completely covered with lume with gilt & lumed hands and stick/triangle markers (ref. SBCJ021) - or one with black dial and silver hands and stick/triangle markers covered with lume (ref. SBCJ019). Finally, there is also a limited edition Alpinist with a blue-ish dial, especially made for the SSASS (ref. SBCJ023) and limited to 500 pieces. Both the traditional 8F56 and the SSASS have the Alpinist mountain logo on the back of the case but the SSASS uses a limited edition numbering system.