7 Essential SEIKO Watches

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We ran Top 7 Must Have Seiko Watches way back in June of last year and so we figured by now you must be hungry for more ‘must have’ SEIKO’s to add to your collection. After all, no watch collector worthy of the name has but one SEIKO.

For our latest compilation of essential SEIKO’s we went right to the source, the main man himself, ‘Hurricane’ Joe Kirk, Manager of the new SEIKO Boutique in Miami. This man eats, sleeps and breathes SEIKO, so if you don’t like these choices, don’t shoot the messenger. Well, you can shoot the messenger if you don’t like the SEIKO Coutura Perpetual Solar, because that was a personal choice.

We have kept all the talk about the watches to a minimum and instead we give you the all-important specs and price. Not only that, we show you where you can buy the watches for significantly less than the MSRP right here, right now. Just click the links.

 

SEIKO COUTURA PERPETUAL SOLAR SSC561

This watch is endorsed by two-time Daytona 500 Champion Jimmie Johnson. The chronograph measures up to 60 minutes of elapsed time in 1/5-second increments, a split time measurement function, 24-hour indicator and a date calendar with lumibrite hands and markers. Powered by any light energy, its Solar Cell is energy-efficient with a 6-month power reserve once fully charged.

  • Perpetual Solar Alarm Chronograph
  • Powered by light energy
  • Hour, minute, and small second hands
  • Power reserve indicator
  • Leap year, month, day, and date indicator
  • Perpetual calendar adjusts for odd and even months including February of leap years up to 2100
  • Chronograph measures up to 60 minutes in 1/5 second increments with split time measurement function
  • When the measurement reaches 60 minutes, the stopwatch automatically stops counting
  • Alarm
  • 6-month power reserve once fully charged
  • LumiBrite hands
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Screw down case back
  • 44.0mm diameter
  • Water-resistant to 10 bar, 100 meters (330 feet)
  • Caliber V198
  • 11 diamonds
  • Rose gold highlights
  • Cabochon crown

MSRP: $550

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SEIKO PADI SPECIAL EDITION ‘TURTLE’ SRPA21

PADI Special Edition ‘Turtle’ model.  Special Edition, not LE so not limited to any particular number.  4R36 movement which does have hack and hand winding.

  • PADI Special Edition
  • Hand and automatic winding capabilities
  • 21,600 vibrations per hour
  • Power reserve: approximately 41 hours
  • 24 jewels
  • One way rotating elapsed timing bezel
  • LumiBrite hands and markers
  • Day/Date calendar
  • Screw down crown and case back
  • 45.0mm diameter
  • Water Resistance: Diver’s Watch to 200 meters (660 feet). Meets ISO standards and is suitable for scuba diving.
  • Caliber 4R36
  • MSRP: $525
  • BUY IT HERE

 


SEIKO PROSPEX SRPB 09 LIMITED EDITION SAMURAI MODEL

New limited edition “Samurai” model.  This case design/model was discontinued around 2008, but has just made their first return now with the 4R35 movement (instead of 7S25) and limited in the Blue Lagoon series, of which around 6,000 pieces were made.  These are not individually numbered in the case back, but are engraved with “Limited Edition”.  Hot seller!

  • Manual and automatic winding capabilities
  • 21,600 vibrations per hour
  • Power reserve: approximately 41 hours
  • 23 jewels
  • Date calendar
  • Screw-down crown and case back
  • One-way rotating elapsed timing bezel
  • LumiBrite hands and markers
  • Case Diameter 43.8 mm
  • Water Resistance: Diver’s Watch to 200 meters (660 feet). Meets ISO standards and is suitable for scuba diving.
  • Caliber 4R35
  • “LIMITED EDITION” engraved on case back
  • Special Packaging
  • MSRP: $550
  • BUY IT HERE

SEIKO BRIGHTZ ‘GRAND COCKTAIL’ TIME SDGM003

Similar to the other “cocktail time” model, but enhanced with sapphire crystal and 99.9% clarity coating (proprietary AR coating), SS bracelet with Diashield coating to increase scratch resistance.

  • Caliber 6R15
  • Self and automatic winding capability
  • Power Reserve: approx 50 hours
  • 23 Jewels
  • Date Calendar
  • Sapphire crystal
  • See through case back
  • Stainless steel case and bracelet with hard coating and tri-fold clasp with secure lock, push button release
  • Case diameter: 40.5mm
  • Water-resistant to 10 bar, 100 meters (330 feet)

MSRP: $975

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SEIKO PRESAGE SPB 047

Launching this September, but based on the success of the LE models from last year, and the amount of interest generated so far, it is going to be wildly popular.  Plus, the fact it has the same as a “grand feu” enamel dial, hand curved seconds hand, and is only $1,000 makes it pretty incredible.

  • Caliber 6R15
  • Power reserve: 50 hours
  • Number of jewels: 23
  • Stainless steel case, Enamel dial
  • Dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  • Screw see-through case back
  • Diameter: 40.5mm, Thickness: 12.4mm
  • Water resistance: 10 bar
  • Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
  • Crocodile strap with three-fold clasp with push button release

MSRP: $1168

Launching in September


 

SEIKO MARINEMASTER 300 SBDX017

 

One of the most popular PROSPEX models in the “Master” collection by far.  Uses the 8L35 caliber which is based on the older GS movement (from the late 1990-early 2000’s) 9S55.  Movement has striping finish, 50-hour power reserve, and uses MEMS manufactured escape wheel and pallet fork (same as Grand Seiko).  Has a single piece case structure with L-shaped gasket for water-resistance.

  • Caliber 8L35
  • Manual winding capability
  • Power Reserve: approx 50 hours
  • 28,800 VPH
  • 26 jewels
  • Dual curved hardlex with inside anti-reflective coating
  • Screw-down crown
  • Stainless steel case and bracelet with super hard coating
  • Tri-fold push button release clasp with safety lock
  • Water Resistance: Diver’s Watch 300 meters (1220 feet). Meets ISO standards and is suitable for scuba diving.
  • Case diameter: 44.3mm
  • MSRP: $2,600
  • BUY IT HERE

 GRAND SEIKO SNOWFLAKE SBGA011

Without question one of the most popular GS models.  Inspiration for the dial is the snowfall in Suwa (region where they make Spring Drive), titanium (proprietary high-intensity titanium alloy) is used to keep it ‘as light as snowflake’, and blue accents to give it the “cold feel”.

  • Caliber 9R65
  • Spring Drive
  • Hand winding capability
  • Power reserve indicator
  • Power Reserve: Over 72 hours
  • Accuracy: +/- 1 second per day
  • 30 Jewels
  • High definition dual-curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  • See-through screw case back with sapphire crystal
  • Screw down crown
  • Titanium tri-fold clasp with push button release
  • Water-resistant to 10 bar, 100 meters (330 feet)
  • Case Diameter: 41.0mm
  • High-intensity titanium
  • Special snowflake dial
  • Blue-steel second hand
  • MSRP: $5,500
  • BUY IT HERE

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