In this Sunday morning section, two of our journalists clash in an epic showdown for the ages. Solid assessments and hysterical hyperbole are welcome (so don’t hesitate to participate with the fun in the comments area underneath). Also, remember to tell us which watches you’d prefer to see destroyed/gushingly commended one week from now. We’ll attempt to include as a considerable lot of our perusers’ choices as we can. This week we celebrate/slander everyone’s most loved hero in a half shell, the Seiko Prospex Automatic SRP777 “Turtle”.
It’s hard to hate such a strong, all around assembled, very much respected blender like the SRP777. At the cost, it’s significantly harder to get something “better”. However, as our inhabitant punch sack, I thought I’d take on that challenge. Above all, a glance back at the cordial fire of last week’s showdown twixt Ben and I.
Under the magnifying instrument was the “classic” Cartier Santos De Cartier Large . The size was the genuine staying point here for me, yet the community set me back in my container. A wholesome wallopping to the tune of 84% for Ben and his humongous Santos was the thing to get done. However, regardless. You can’t win ’em all. That’s what makes this so much fun… Thanks, Cartier, for presenting a delicious fight.
But that’s enough of that sweet, gallic sweetheart. Let’s plunge into the annoying waves that beat and hitter the shorelines of Japan. It was there that the humble Turtle initially arose, flickering into the light. It would proceed to move numerous a sprouting watch fan to become tied up with the art for the absolute first time. What’s more, still, a long time after that reality, it keeps on warming the cockles of even the coldest hearts. Discussing which…
Two words: Seiko Turtle. In the event that you are even distantly acquainted with watches, chances are you previously ran over this symbol. We have discussed it various occasions; applauded its toughness, the reasonable value, the way that the watch is basically indestructible. However, we are not by any means the only title to do as such. Search for the reference number SRP777 and you’ll come across thousands of articles all sharing a comparable notion about this incredible watch from . Such countless writers can’t not be right. Furthermore, before you ask me the inquiry, dear Rob; no, it’s not a fad thing. The Seiko Prospex Automatic SRP777 “Turtle” is truly that good.
Though I have to concede, what we watch columnists say or think is a certain something. Watches are not made for us to be happy. They are made to fill a need. For this situation, the Seiko Turtle clearly comes to the market as the most recent reference of an incredible diver’s watch. That being the 6309, a famous Japanese jumper that had a life expectancy of 12 years, having been made somewhere in the range of 1976 and 1988. After Seiko halted that creation of the 6309 it left a void on the lookout, until this hotness returned bringing that obvious look and vintage fondle combined with refreshingly present day touches. The Seiko Turtle SRP777 is a watch that fits everyone’s charge who is searching for a dependable, rough, regular games watch that won’t break the bank.
Deary me. I should be an indulgent person for punishment. I have a feeling that I’m strolling into the lions’ nook wearing a meat suit. Regardless. Someone’s had the chance to say it, regardless of whether this is the most disagreeable assessment of this segment so far…
I discover the Seiko Prospex Automatic SRP777 “turtle” underwhelming.
It makes me tragic. Honestly, it does. I love turtles. I really love the Teenage Mutant assortment. Over the years,
Balazs: Why do I have the inclination that you aren’t taking this seriously?
Rob: Trust me, I am. Watches and kid’s shows are about the solitary things I do pay attention to. However, I have had incalculable Seiko Turtle variations in countless shopping trucks but then I’ve never pulled the trigger on one. And keeping in mind that I envision I will get one ultimately, it certainly won’t be the SRP777.
It isn’t the cost. One can hardly grumble at such an all around respected producer charging pocket change for an adequate update of an established work of art. The determinations are more than satisfactory as well. I think the watch is hardy and fit for reason. Thus in the event that you like the new, clean esthetic of the SRP777 its a strong choice. In any case, as far as I might be concerned, this model misses the mark regarding being a home-run. It’s close, however in a world with a large number of watches to choose from (and a huge choice of Turtles over a wide span of time) the subtleties matter. Permit me to clarify my (staggeringly nuanced) position on this specific contestant in the Turtle annals.
We are secured a time of heritage mining. Brands are continually plunging into their history with the expectation of resurrecting old works of art and offering to them the advantages of present day fabricating techniques. I’m an aficionado of this. I’ve gone on record ordinarily before with regards to this procedure. While some might be experiencing throwback weariness, I think we’ve got far to go yet. On the off chance that you need an illustration of how to do it well, check out Breitling’s ongoing reimaginings of vintage classics.
Balazs: Don’t go there, Rob. Tune in, I love Breitling, I really do. However, aren’t they expected to deliver new watches too? I mean vintage is cool I’m up for that throughout the day however aren’t watch brands expected to push the envelope? Make new models, perhaps even new families within the brand’s portfolio?
Rob: Well, yeah. I concur completely. What’s more, that’s sort of my moment that it comes to the most recent turtle. My concern with it begins with its genealogy. What makes a watch a work of art? What is it that makes a vintage model so attractive? It isn’t simply its extents, silhouette, or particulars. There is frequently a smidgen of enchantment, a tad of energy, or a tad of crude magnificence that goes against reason. Peculiarly, a product’s shortcomings by present day norms can be its strength when glancing in the rearview mirror.
An guiltlessness, an honesty, and approachability that modifying with the unrivaled and undeniably more clinical plan figures of speech of today can in some cases dark or annihilate completely. This is where I’m at when it comes to the SRP777. It’s “good”. However, I don’t think that its charming by any stretch of the imagination. If I somehow managed to get one, I would get tied up with the history of the line, however I wouldn’t be buying that model. I would purchase what it represents. Thus I wind up asking, why bother? Why not invest some genuine energy (and a smidgen more cash) getting one of the old young men that really brought this reach to life?
The innumerable varieties and unusual little subtleties of models made in various areas throughout various times give precisely the sort of assortment I love, love, love to get my teeth into. In any case, the truth is, however much I need to cherish the SRP777 turtle, it leaves me cold. Don’t misunderstand me. I like it. I respect it. At no point ever would I disparage someone or their choice for purchasing or wearing one or one hundred of these little water infants. Be that as it may, I just don’t feel anything when I take a gander at it. Do I hate this model? No, I don’t. I hate that it isn’t a superior leading figure for the Turtle’s new dawn.
Tell me, I’m insane, B. Mention to me what I’m missing. I mean really missing here. Is it better than the models that went previously? Is it in reality great? Or on the other hand is it only “good for the money”?
Balazs: What you are discussing is the well established discussion of vintage or new. This isn’t the inquiry here. Is the SRP777 a cool watch or not? Not compared to this or that. Indeed or no? I think it is. I’m not taking a gander at the archetypes or the has-beens and should-have-beens. Would you get it for the measure of cash it costs, with the peculiar elastic lash it comes on and wear it happily to the beach, riding your bicycle, getting grimy in the nursery what not? My answer is yes. Furthermore, I say this without thinking regarding the past rendition the slightest bit. I just don’t care.
Rob: I don’t think I’m just discussing vintage or new. As far as I might be concerned, the “upgraded” current adaptation loses a portion of its allure. It isn’t an enthusiastic association with the past I’m discussing; I’m in a real sense discussing changes to the plan. Most eminently, the dial printing. I loved the before, less complex, slightly goofier dial format. A little thing once more, however little things are significant in watchmaking.
And all the more significantly, I don’t accept that you can simply eliminate a watch from the setting of its delivery when examining how “cool” it is or not. Definitely it’s satisfactory to draw comparisons with other watches when making that evaluation? Since isn’t the purpose of the inquiry to choose whether or not you need to add it to your assortment? I’ve previously surrendered I’ve surely been enticed by numerous Turtles before. However, we should, as authorities, be specific in what we purchase. Furthermore, as far as I might be concerned, this new cycle loses the charm of its archetypes to such a degree it leaves me deadened. However “good value” the cost represents.
Balazs: You know the second you see the sticker price what to anticipate. The Seiko Turtle will convey it and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. You won’t discover Geneva stripes or unpredictable in-house developments at this value point. However, you are not searching for one either. I can guarantee you, though, when you remove the watch from the case and tie it on you will feel like 1,000,000 bucks.
Yes, it’s that great. You have something reasonable of wrist bling, we as a whole do around here. Along these lines, advise me; what number occasions have you gotten the best in class from this and that brand, put it on and you felt “meh”. This won’t be the situation with this watch. Why? Since you don’t expect insane things. Get one and wear it for a couple of hours. Allow the watch to advance toward your heart. You won’t need to take it off once more. Otherwise, proceed to get those Ninja Turtle, on the grounds that you’re not develop enough to play with the enormous toys.
Rob: Haha, a merciless yet reasonable riposte. I concur that the SRP777 watches address extraordinary incentive for cash. I agree you would be frantic to be frustrated in what you get at the cost. However, as we’ve said on account of much more costly watches except if you purchase the one you need, you’ll consistently be left needing. The SRP777 is, all alone, an incredible watch. Yet, it isn’t the most amazing aspect the brood. As far as I might be concerned, that has to be the Seiko 6306 Scubapro 450. An uncommon monster ordinarily imitated, however worth its weight in gold (not literally).
And to answer your “meh”- based inquiry: Many occasions. Furthermore, that is actually how I would feel about the SRP777 just in light of the fact that, however great it will be, it isn’t the Turtle that has come nearest to taking my heart.