We investigate the Seiko Laurel Alpinist — the primary watch made for the mountain men of Japan.

When we consider exemplary mountaineering watches, the Rolex Explorer moves to the first spot on the list when somebody shouts, “survey says!” After all, the “Explorer” — or, at any rate, it’s quick precursor — made it to the highest point of Everest. In any case, in 1959, the Seiko Laurel Alpinist appeared to serve the Japanese mountain men otherwise called yama-otoko. I’m no scaler of the alps, however I am satisfied to bring you one of these early pieces today.

Our First Look at a Vintage Alpinist

This should be said in advance: If you’re searching for great chronicled data on the Seiko Laurel Alpinist — or any Alpinist besides — you should make a beeline for this phenomenal article on It’s amazingly comprehensive and I think it’s very well-informed. Before we go into the watches you see here, let’s talk about a certain something. In the event that you head to the inquiry work on the Fratello page and check for “Alpinist” you’ll really find practically nothing. We’re gigantic Seiko fans here however none of us own a cutting edge Alpinist and I’m the solitary nut case who fixates on vintage models from the brand. So consider today’s article the first of a few that will take a gander at a portion of these more established pieces.

The Seiko Laurel Alpinist – Reference 14041

The Seiko Laurel Alpinist isn’t just the principal Alpinist yet the just inside the line to at any point convey the Laurel name. Seiko probably viewed as this as a preliminary on the grounds that the watch sat inside the dressier Laurel line. Known as reference 14041, the watch highlighted a three-piece tempered steel case with a 17 gem Seikosha manual development. Offered with either a dark or white dial, these are presently among the most extraordinary and generally alluring of the Alpinist watches. They’re likewise altogether different than the watches that would succeed them.

A Black Glossy Dial with Loads of Lume

Taking a gander at the 14041, one can see a dark shiny dial that’s embellished with enormous three-sided and rectangular lume plots. Within these lume plots is a white moment track that utilizes a similar ink printing as the watch name and model. You’ll see the Alpinist name here over 6 o’clock point in a similar structure that’s as yet being utilized today (indeed, until the introduction of the latest Alpinist setup ). A largeish crown for winding the Seikosha 17 gem manual adds some mass to the smallish 35mm spotless case. A generally thick and high-domed acrylic gem sits on the case and a somewhat bulky screw-down case back puts forth a valiant effort to keep things tight and dry.

And a Dial We’d Never See Again

The Seiko Laurel Alpinist qualifies as a watch that was never to be rehashed in future styles. I discover that to be a genuine disgrace as this watch is really hitting with its basic dial plan and wealth of lume. During this brilliant age period, Seiko really made not many dark dialed watches loaded down with the gleaming stuff. Moreover, this Seiko really looks more like Citizen’s watches from the time frame — we covered one here that’s resemblant — and that’s not an awful thing.

Some Lovely Details

Photographing the vintage Seiko Laurel Alpinist is a major torment because of the previously mentioned gem. It additionally makes it intense to get a decent shot of the phenomenal lume surface that’s found on those enormous knife hands. Also, investigate the tip of the compass seconds hand in light of the fact that there’s some ruddy tone. In any case, if it’s still intense today, it’s a ton better than when I initially discovered it.

A Gamble That Paid Off

I discovered this Seiko Laurel Alpinist in Japan and the bartering pictures were sketchy, best case scenario. Furthermore, the watch was publicized as a non-sprinter. All things considered, I chose to fight it out for a possibly sensible $600 win. The watch showed up and the case condition was, as you see here, astounding. The watch looks unpolished and the first chamfers on the drags actually remain. Furthermore, the crown is right and unique alongside the precious stone. The dial condition, be that as it may, was problematic. It was difficult for me to tell whether there was an assortment of residue under the precious stone or if the normally seen dial was indeed spotty.


Well, as you can see from a portion of the perfect macros that watchmaker James Marien of Ikigai sent during the assistance, this dial is a stunner.

I additionally went in reasoning that the Seikosha development would require a contributor to rummage parts yet the non-working issue ended up being minor (for once!!).

One Dicey Moment

There was one sketchy second toward the start with the Seiko Laurel Alpinist, though. James referenced that the watch seemed as though it had taken a fall eventually. At the point when he went to eliminate the dial from the development, he saw it was wealthy focus. He was worried that the feet were twisted and that they’d snap off upon expulsion. Fortunately this didn’t happen however you can perceive how terrible it was! He had the option to do an extraordinary job!

A 14041 qualifies as a vessel for bad-to-the-bone Seiko gatherers. I think that’s reasonable for the watch that commenced a notable arrangement of watches. Some will hold worry about its more modest size, yet I discover 35mm to function admirably. The dials on these Seiko Laurel Alpinist pieces rule and look great on the wrist. In addition, a decent intense 18mm tie like you see here modernizes things a piece. As I said, these are alluring and costs are intelligent of this. Figure on $1,000 to $2,000 relying upon condition. Thus, while the first Alpinist isn’t cheap, it’s a more than commendable expansion to the collection.