Seiko has as of late delivered a line of Seiko Prospex Divers intensely motivated by 2004’s Seiko “Samurai.” The assortment denotes the non-restricted version return of what’s apparently Seiko’s generally pursued plunge watch style. The thick, yet attractive Seiko Prospex Samurai SRPB51 highlights a modest bunch of dial alternatives and brings back certain highlights Seiko gatherers have discovered generally engaging about the brand’s divers –and it packs a ton of highlights in considering the relative affordability.
Seiko has consistently been one of only a handful few brands that have an after that monikers their watches and that’s something Seiko has embraced and enthusiastically obliged. The Seiko “Samurai” first showed up in 2004 and was rapidly and suitably named after its hands, giving the vague appearance of a samurai blade. It was suspended a couple of years after the fact, in any case, yet gatherers have kept it flowing and acknowledging from that point onward. The Seiko Prospex SRPB09 or “The Blue Lagoon” (Wrist Time Review here) was delivered in February of this current year and immediately sold out before I could get my hands on one –a lot to my failure. Half a month prior, Seiko delivered the “Orange Samurai,” giving a gesture to the first SBDA005 from days past. Sadly, Orange isn’t a shading plan that grabs my attention, notwithstanding Seiko making various “famous” pumpkin hued watches, so I passed. At the point when I heard that Seiko was delivering a different line of Prospex Divers with the Samurai handset, I was happy. I chose the SRPB51 – the dark and dim model on an arm band – and have scarcely taken it off my wrist since.
Seiko lovers were first attracted to the Samurai for its whimsical, perfect, cumbersome handset, and a titanium case and wristband alternative (note: titanium isn’t accessible on these new emphasess of the diver –they are just in steel). Not at all like the numerous many dive watch alternatives from Seiko, the Samurai has worn more modest and been a more refined timepiece –one that can be worn on genuine jumps or a night downtown. The rakish and deliberate lines of the Samurai put the model in a group. The 2004 cycle had a boxier handset, yet the more current arrivals of the samurai have a lot of cleaner lines and a refreshed hour hand shape. I feel that it carries a more established idea to a possibly more up to date crowd, yet in addition takes into account existing fanatics of the Seiko Samurai.
Let’s start with the case. Estimating in at 43.8mm, the hardened steel case fits pretty much consummately. While practically 44mm appears to be huge, the steeply tightened and slender drags matched with the relative slenderness (for a jump observe at any rate) makes this a truly compact piece –something that not all Seiko divers can gloat. It’s not very substantial and doesn’t turn out of the way of my wrist like numerous wristband divers will in general do in this value range. The dark and dim bezel embed has a lumed pip and is essentially very much wrapped up. Refreshed from the more established models are the moment markers on the bezel being less round and “bubbly.”
The hobnail plan around the edge makes curving and holding a lot simpler – a welcome element that adds a dash of apparent quality and a slick gesture to the first. The case is completely brushed less a little cleaned hole on the contrary side of the crown, giving this a characterized instrument look. What’s more, on that front, combined with 200m of water obstruction, this watch is a solid apparatus. During a climb, I fell and totally pummeled the edge of the bezel against a cavern divider and was fearing coming out to see the harm. At the point when I at last got into the sun, there wasn’t even a scratch. Truth be told, I couldn’t even tell where I dinged it.
Aesthetically, this watch positively isn’t exhausting. Like a legitimate jump watch, the unidirectional bezel embed highlights the initial 15-minutes in dark rather than dark, while the markers actually line up with the indices –something you would be astonished doesn’t occur as frequently as it ought to. The hobnail screw-down crown with sensibly estimated crown watches adds a pleasant touch that the first Samurai was deficient. The files are brilliantly completed, and the fresh lines that give proper respect to the original’s DNA put the little bow on the bundle. However, the genuine superstars are the hands, which have been refreshed to fit the cutting edge scene. I referenced before that the square shaped and straight plan has been supplanted with a cleaner, cleaned handset. Gone is the seconds hand with (what I feel) is an abnormal lumed box for a pointer, and included is a flimsy, tasteful lance tipped hand with a more modest iridescent indicator.
Something this handset flaunts that isn’t even in the more current emphasess of the Samurai is a polished handset. Personally, I love them. Other than water obstruction, readability is seemingly the main part of a jump watch, and the thick, striking hands and records make this among the most intelligible watches in my assortment. During the day, the Clou de Paris surface of the dial truly makes the hands and lists pop. The clean cleaned hands against the matte square surfaces basically make it simpler to tell the time at any point. With past models having brushed hands, the clean on the SRPB51 looks significantly more defined.
At night, or in obscurity, the lume is brilliant and enduring. I referenced a cavern before. The primary spot I took this watch was on a climb over an Arizona mountain range, and the way driven through a progression of caverns and streams and not once did the lume vanish. Indeed, the lume is brilliant to such an extent that you can dubiously make out the printed text on the dial. Indeed, even the lance tipped second hand is lumed heavily enough that you can make out the compass in obscurity without squinting. Generally speaking, the update from the past and unique models of the Samurai develop all things legibility.
Inside the Seiko Prospex SRPB51 is the Seiko type 4R35, a welcome advance up from the 7S arrangement of developments that was recently utilized in the Samurai diver. This development beats at 21,600 vibrations for every hour, and has a beautiful standard 41 hour power save. The development additionally bolsters hacking seconds and a hand-wind work for the individuals who wish to use those highlights (something the first Samurai divers didn’t include).
As for the precious stone, Seiko utilizes their exclusive Hardlex mineral gem. I invested a ton of energy exploring Hardlex as this was my first Seiko, and I’ve come to the resolution that mostly… it’s more break safe than sapphire, yet a lot simpler to scratch and smirch. While I concede, it’s a negligible issue, you will wipe the precious stone frequently. I for one feel like the precious stone is practically tacky or static, and keeps residue or soil basically difficult to just brush off. Cleaning the glass is something I end up doing a lot.
Additionally, and less trivial, the precious stone doesn’t sit flush with the bezel. which is incredible for glare. Nonetheless, it’s recessed enough that trash and grime can stall out against within edge of the bezel and the glass. At the point when combined with the smirch y nature of Hardlex, you will invest a touch of energy uncovering it and making the precious stone, all things considered, completely clear once more. This is ten times for water. Submerged, this watch is wonderfully intelligible, yet when you reemerge, you’ll be shaking the pooled water out of the internal bezel as the shape doesn’t consider it to just run off. While this isn’t fundamentally a failure, it was certainly somewhat irritating on occasion, particularly if you’re OCD about not leaving your watch looking dystopian after a hike.
The four models come with two distinctive lash alternatives; an elastic tie and a steel wristband. At the hour of composing this, the SRPB51 is the just a single accessible on a metal wristband (in spite of the fact that I’m sure each could be gotten for an extra expense). Generally speaking, the arm band is incredible. The generally brushed steel arm band has cleaned parcels on the inward connection and that gives a pleasant differentiation and sportier accents to an all around really rough looking watch. The fresh lines of the case advance along the arm band, and keep the watch looking uniform and consistent –something that I believe is so engaging about the wristband on a tough apparatus diver. Since the wristband is brushed, scratches will be clear, however that comes with the region. Incompletely for fearing further scratching up the wristband and somewhat for snickers, I in the end traded it out for a calfskin lash, and it just didn’t take. I immediately traded back to the arm band as I feel it’s the most honed option.
The fasten is one of my #1 highlights of the diver. It’s a three-overlap fasten, yet incorporates a marked secure lock button, giving a truly sharp and secure look and feel to the as of now “tool-y” watch. An extra element is its miniature changes close by the two finishes of the fasten considering a cozy (however not very cozy) fit whether you’re wearing this on an uncovered wrist or utilizing a wetsuit. Being left-handed myself, I wear my watches on my correct wrist, and gravity will in general force bigger watches hard against my ulna. The miniature changes take into consideration some space to breathe in the event that I realize my wrist will be swollen during demanding exercises, and relieve the pointless bothering from climbs, swims, or climbs. Wearers will simply should be set up early, as making those changes “in the field” isn’t the least demanding task.
Overall, the Seiko Prospex Diver SRPB51 is basically an extraordinary contribution. It’s perfect, solid, and packs a great deal in at the cost. While I do have some dissent about the precious stone, it wouldn’t deter me from getting this watch once more. It’s an incredible expansion for aficionados of the first Samurai, and the cutting edge update to the development and feel makes it a genuine competitor for a reasonable device watch that additionally looks awesome.
The Seiko Prospex Diver SRPB51 is accessible now through Seiko, and comes with a $525 value point on the steel arm band, and $495 on the elastic tie. seiko-prospex.com
>Model: Prospex Diver SRPB51
>Would commentator by and by wear it: Yes.
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Enthusiast hoping to buy a strong instrument watch with extraordinary water obstruction and without excessively enormous of a hit on their wallet.
>Best normal for watch: The Samurai handset and finished dial.
>Worst normal for watch: The scarcely recessed Hardlex gem is extraordinarily simple to smear and scratch, and will in general cling to soil and grime around the edge.