on April 22, 2013
I've been looking at Seiko's Sportura watches for a while: they look sporty yet classy enough to wear in all situations. I just didn't like the leather band that came with the other Sportura I liked (black case, black dial). I wear my watch all the time, and I didn't want the leather getting wet or sweaty.
So, when this new model showed up, I got it right away. I am not disappointed. It's a great watch; it has a nice weight (but not too heavy to wear as much as I do), the band is exactly what I wanted, and it is very well made. The screw-down crown is a nice touch.
Just a few points that may not be obvious from the watch's description:
- the three smaller dials are (from top, going counter clockwise) the chronograph minute dial, the watch second dial, and the alarm dial. The long, red "second hand" is only for the chronograph, or stopwatch. It sits at the 12 o'clock position unless the chronograph is going. There is also a small date window.
- the alarm is pretty weak, and only usable if you want the alarm to go off in the next 12 hours. I rarely use a watch alarm,, so this is fine with me.
- the watch does tend to catch the light a little... the small amount of metal in the bars at the number positions and around the small dials "sparkle" a little, especially in bright light. I didn't really like this at first, but I've gotten used to it. The watch is eye-catching, and I do get compliments on it.
- the hands do glow, especially when they've been exposed to light for a while. I can tell time in the dark if I stare at it a while, but it's no Indiglo
The only parts of the watch that I would change (and the reason for deducting a star) are the silver metallic bars extending the into the band at the 12 and 6 o'clock positions. They seem really out of place on the watch, which has an all-black case. The bars aren't part of the case; they're really just little inserts that have the spring bars going through them just the band does. While I have gotten used to these as well, I would change them out to black ones to match the case if I could.
Still, it's a great watch... the best I've ever owned, actually. Highly recommend.