Would you at any point go to a Pepsi dial other than for a Rolex GMT-Master? Before I purchased the Seiko Prospex SRPA21K1 PADI Edition, that idea had never at any point entered my thoughts. Wearing my PADI Edition jumper for this portion of 52Mondayz is a decent token of why blue and red is an extraordinary shading combination for watches by and large and why the “Turtle” is a particularly noteworthy watch.
We have highlighted many Seiko watches in 52Mondayz and there have been various articles on Seiko’s retro-styled ‘Turtle” jumper. However, the Turtle was never included in our 52Mondayz articles. That’s why it appeared to be proper to wear my Turtle PADI Edition for a week and gather my musings on it subsequent to having claimed it for very nearly four years.
After four years it’s time to glance back at why I purchased the watch, how it has developed on me and why it has become one of my most worn watches in my assortment. So I’ll center more around the enthusiastic association instead of examining all the specialized data. The current Turtle was presented back in 2015 and shrouded in different articles on Fratello you can discover here and here . I need to zero in additional on the force the Turtle needs to prevail upon you, regardless of whether you are not a fan at first.
The Turtle only wasn’t for me
In the just about four years that I have claimed the Seiko SRPA21K1, I have gone gaga for its looks. However, it certainly wasn’t “love from the outset sight.” Back in 2016 when the PADI cooperation was first reported, I didn’t truly focus on it all that amount. In contrast to many, I wasn’t a major devotee of the retro looks of the new Turtle. The case shape felt a piece too retro for me — all in all too characterized when it was alluding back to. Certainly, it depended on the incredible Seiko 6309 “Turtle” Diver that Michael composed an extraordinary article about. However, an incredible story isn’t in every case enough and the looks were not a prompt “go” for me.
I additionally had my questions about the shading combination. The blue and red shading combination alludes to the blue and red PADI logo, so it bodes well to utilize it. However, it’s something that has consistently turned out best for me on a Rolex GMT-Master in light of authentic importance, not on the grounds that I love the “Pepsi” colors per se. As I would like to think, a GMT-Master simply should be blue and red as it was made that way. What about that for a perfectionist position? I have never viewed myself as a perfectionist with regards to observes yet this is one of those uncommon occasions.
The plan of the PADI Edition
As referenced before I wasn’t sold looking into it shape, the tones, and, in addition, I likewise wasn’t a major aficionado of the numerous logos on the dial. To get going with the case. Indeed, it’s an ideal portrayal of Seventies plan and it stands apart among today’s watch plans. However, it’s not a plan I was an enthusiast of especially. The descending confronting, wide case shape didn’t feel fresh. As though there was a ton of overabundance stuff causing the watch to feel languid and lazy. Particularly compared to the Seiko SBDC031 “Sumo” I previously possessed, the Turtle just didn’t feel as compelling.
Which carries me to the dial of the SRPA21K1. Quite possibly the most heard investigates over the course of the years is the, let’s say, “unusual” plan of the Prospex logo. What’s more, I concur with that. It is something that regularly hinders a spotless looking Seiko dial. It has a similar impact on me as the unusual looking Officine Panerai logo. Don’t misunderstand me, there isn’t anything amiss with a bustling dial. However long it doesn’t feel jumbled and there are no discords. Also, that’s precisely how the Prospex logo can feel. For this unique coordinated effort piece, the PADI logo was likewise added to the dial. Another additional component and another typeface to make the dial even less harmonious.
And ultimately, as you have just perused, the blue and red shading combo simply is something I’m not attracted to right away. I can hear you think, “Why the hellfire did you at any point purchase the watch?” And you’re right, there were a ton of motivations not to purchase the watch.
Changing from dark to blue
That was until I seen both the Kinetic GMT Diver (SUN065) and the Turtle Diver (SRPA21K1) in the metal. It’s the first occasion when I began accepting my own universe of watches was not simply painted dark. You need to comprehend that exploring towards anything dark is a Pavlovian response for me. Regardless of whether it be dark garments, dark shoes, or dark dialed watches, finding the dark alternative simply comes normally to me. Furthermore, dislike dark is the solitary alternative for me, yet it’s the primary choice and regularly the favored one. I just make special cases on a tennis court, where all tones are a choice consistently. Indeed, even neon. I’m not kidding.
Both of the Seiko PADI Editions appeared, in any case, that the dark blue shading utilized for the two watches truly is a victor. Furthermore, the blue and red shading combination of the Turtle is far superior. In the wake of giving the two watches a shot, I realized the Turtle was the one to go for. In any case, I actually had my questions whether I would really wear the watch as opposed to placing it in a cabinet, failing to remember it at any point existed. Because of the amazing €430 sticker price back in 2016, that couldn’t ever have been an expensive error so I chose to go for it.
Wearing the SRPA21K1 daily
Once I got the watch, it didn’t quickly develop on me. The situation I had anticipated fundamentally run its course. Initially, I wore the multiple times before I set it back in its container. As anticipated it was battling with my adoration for the Sumo, the other Seiko in my assortment. A definitive cure, be that as it may, was simple — simply wear it for a more drawn out timeframe. The first occasion when I wore the PADI Edition two or three days, it transformed into very nearly fourteen days relentless. Unexpectedly it clicked and wearing it felt regular. So regular, truth be told, that there are not really any watches that have had a similar impact on me.
The state of the case and its 45mm size ended up being awesome. The watch is staggeringly comfortable on the wrist and it positively doesn’t wear like a major watch in spite of the fact that it has a lot of wrist presence. At the point when you wear the Turtle, you are additionally mindful you’re wearing a watch due to its weight. I wouldn’t call it hard work however the weight is very generous. As far as I might be concerned, that ended up being a trigger to make me take a gander at it even more.
Decoding the bits of the puzzle
As far as becoming accustomed to the shape, it’s best to compare it to the Pepsi shading setup of the first Rolex GMT-Master. It’s basically expected to be this way and that’s its appeal. You become accustomed to it, in any event, when it doesn’t quickly bowl you over. Is it my #1 watch case ever? No, however I do cherish it a ton. It is exceptional and it’s what characterizes the Seiko Turtle. It’s how it ought to be.
The next thing to examine is the hardened steel arm band. It’s been a subject of discussion over the course of the years with Seiko fans and I get that. The form quality is positively isn’t up to the level of a portion of the extravagance watch marks that individuals like to compare it to. What’s more, I do figure Seiko can find a way to improve the nature of the bracelet.
Over the very nearly four years that I have had the SRPA21K1, it has never troubled me briefly however. For a watch that doesn’t cost €500, the wristband for me is totally comparable to what you can expect at that cost. I like to imagine that Seiko is over-conveying with a great deal of their divers’ watches thinking about their costs. So it’s difficult to barbecue them for an arm band that is unquestionably comparable to its cost point.
Clever plan or a coincidence?
Which carries me to the dial and the Pepsi shading combination. The tones have developed on me primarily in view of the mind blowing blue shade of the dial with the sunray design. It is actually the correct shade of blue and makes an incredible combination with the splendid red. What’s more, on the off chance that you move the watch in the sunlight, the sunray example will change the blue tone from lighter to hazier shades of blue. It’s a unimaginable profundity compared to the matte dark dial of the ordinary Turtle.
The thing that possibly astonished me most over the long run is the plan of the dial. Not once has the presence of two logos disturbed me. What’s more, a major piece of that has to do with the way that at any rate half of the time, the two logos are covered by the expansive hands of the Turtle.
And when the logos are noticeable, they don’t draw in a great deal of consideration. The tones, the hands, the day/date show, and the radiant hour markers get my eyes much speedier than the Prospex and PADI logos. Also, that’s how it ought to be on the grounds that the majority of these components are important for the practical perusing of time. So regardless of having my questions, the dial is, as I would see it, entirely adjusted and a delight to see in spite of having two logos that from the start troubled me.
My musings after four years
After that second where the SRPA21K1 and I clicked, I began wearing the Seiko Turtle PADI Edition to an ever increasing extent. Also, regularly two or three days straight. Over the just about four years I had the SRPA21K1, it has become one of the most loved watches I own. What’s more, a major piece of that is because of the way that I was so suspicious from the start and how the Turtle PADI has shocked me and had the option to completely prevail upon me. There aren’t numerous watches that can do that.
Next to that, oneself winding Seiko type 4R36 that controls the Turtle, works really hard in both exactness and unwavering quality. Furthermore, that’s what you need from a day by day blender. Get it after some season of not wearing it and it begins running. Setting the day, date, and time is extraordinarily basic. Furthermore, from that point forward, you’re great to go.
But the primary concern that I like about the Seiko Prospex SRPA21K1 PADI Edition is its wrist presence. I have developed to adore the plan of the case, the dial and particularly the tones. It’s the amount of these parts that makes it an extraordinary watch to wear. Also, when you wear this Seiko Turtle PADI Edition or any Seiko Turtle besides, you have the inclination that you are wearing an intense watch. At its present cost of €460, that’s a unique feeling.
And, so I will be the first to advise you to purchase the Seiko Prospex SRPA21K1 PADI Edition. It is an extraordinary expansion to your assortment and perhaps the most ideal decision in the event that you are searching for one truly reasonable watch you can wear each day and appreciate each and every time you wear it. Get familiar with Seiko .