- Movement: 6R15 23J Automatic (with Hand winding and Hack function)
- Power Reserve: 50 Hour, 5 ATM water resistance, See-through back
- Case: Stainless Steel Lug width: 20 mm Crystal: Hardlex
- Size: 40mm without crown
- Accuracy: +25~-15seconds/day
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Case Material: Stainless Steel (polished) - Case Shape: Round - Bezel made of: Stainless Steel (polished) - Crystal: Hardlex - Case Colour: Silver - Back: Crystal Back Movement - Calendar: Date - Display Type: Automatic: Hours, Minutes, Seconds - Movement: Seiko 6R15, Automatic - Dial Style: Guilloche Design - Dial Colour: Silver Strap - Strap Colour: Black - Clasp: Automatic folding clasp - Strap Material: Patent Leather Further Details - Product: Watch - Manufacturer: Seiko - Model: Spirit - Special Feature: Classic & Simple - Logo on: Dial, Crown, Clasp, Back, Strap - Hallmark: Stainless Steel 316L - Packaging: Original Packaging with Documents - Clasp: Automatic folding clasp Technical Details - Distance between lugs in mm/inches: 47 / 119.38 - Width of the Strap in mm/Inches: 20 / 50.8 - Diameter (without crown) in mm/inches: 40 / 101.6 - Weight in g/ounces: 84 / 2.96 - Height in mm/inches: 13 / 33.02 - Maximal Strap Circumference in mm/inches: 190 / 482.6 - Water-restistant (m/bar): 50 / 5.0
- Package Dimensions: 11.7 x 3.2 x 2.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B0038OLUMM
- Item model number: SARB065
- Date first listed on Amazon: September 1, 2012
- Average Customer Review:
|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Seiko|
|Dial window material type||Hardlex|
|Case material||Stainless steel|
|Case diameter||40 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||13.1 millimeters|
|Band length||Men's Standard|
|Band width||20 millimeters|
|Special features||Self-winding with manual winding capability|
|Item weight||3.04 Ounces|
|Water resistant depth||50 Meters|
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This is hands down the most spectacular dress watch I've ever owned (and I've owned a lot of watches), and the single feature that distinguishes this watch from every other piece in the SARB line is it's incredible guilloche sunburst dial. The stock photo for this watch is not accurate, there is no blue tint to the dial, it is in fact a spectacular silver with radial sunburst pattern resembling waves with crest and trough alternating as you follow around the center. The dial is immediately eye catching and will radiate in any amount of light, giving the entire watch face an outstanding lustre that I have not seen matched in any wristwatch under $1,000.
Let's get to some specifications:
Case diameter - 40mm
Lug width - 20mm
Lug to lug measurement - 46mm
Water resistance - 50m
Crystal - domed hardlex
Case material - stainless steel
Movement - Seiko Caliber 6R15, 21,600 beats per hour, hackable and handwinding
Caseback - hardlex exhibition
So on to the movement: the caliber 6R15 is a workhorse automatic movement ticking away at 6 beats per second. Not as smooth as the Swiss ETA 2824 or other popular high end movements which are 8 beats per second, but the lower frequency generally means less wear on the moving parts and therefore longer service intervals. What Seiko is able to do with their vertically integrated movement manufacturing is nothing short of spectacular. Exclusively in-house, their movements are some of the most accurate right out of the box. My SARB065 is gaining about 3 seconds per day right now, which is phenomenal for a movement in this price point. The ability of the movement to hack, meaning the second hand stops when you pull out the crown, is a very nice feature allowing you to set the time quite precisely and make finer adjustments. It also hand winds so if this is a watch you wear infrequently, you can wind it right back up quite quickly without having to shake it all over the place in your hand to get the rotor spinning. Both of these features are typically exclusive to luxury watch movements, so it is phenomenal to get them at this price point.
Everything else about the watch is designed to fit the dress watch aesthetic, and it all comes together to produce a timeless classic. The case is deliberately understated so as not to draw attention away from its flashy dial. The crown is large and tactile for a dress watch, adding some welcomed asymmetry to the design. The leather strap is incredibly soft and fits the overall look quite well, especially with the blue stitching that quite tactfully accents the blue second hand ticking around the dial. A very simple to use deployment clasp protects the leather from the damaging effects of a tang buckle, and is again a welcomed addition at this price point. My only criticism is the thickness of the case, which is a bit too tall for most traditional dress watches. Stacking up at 13mm tall, it has a little more wrist presence than a dress watch should in my opinion, but others may disagree.
Overall, I cannot recommend this watch enough. I see it pairing flawlessly with a business formal charcoal suit or even a casual date night button down. This is a watch that yearns to be worn at any social events (hence the nickname), and I guarantee it will elicit as many compliments or more than any Rolex in the room. Don't hesitate on this one!
The strap hardware is nice, but the padded patent leather strap itself feels a little cheap. With the watch on, squeezing the strap above and below the lugs causes it to make a cellophane-crackling noise as though the padding inside of the strap is some cheap plastic material, which it likely is. I already ordered a replacement strap, but I do this with most leather-strapped watches I buy. I don't consider it a mark against the watch. It's actually a nice looking strap if you are ok with the shiny patent leather. It has a very subtle blue stitch. I'm sort of tempted to just leave it on to determine how long and well it lasts/holds up. If I do I'll update the review in due course.
The watch comes in a cardboard box package that's fine in terms of getting the job done, but actually less substantial and quality than other cheaper Seikos I've bought, which come in great leatherette boxes with silk cushions for the watch, as good as anything from Rolex or Omega. I've only had the watch a couple of days so far, so I've yet to have the chance to determine how accurate the claims of a 50-hour power reserve are, and I will update this review whenever I've information to share on that.
Lastly, I'm going to share some images I've taken of the watch. One of them is with my Zippo to give scale.
Edit: it's now almost a month into ownership. The watch itself is a constant delight—it really is just so attractive—and it keeps excellent time. It is still within a few seconds of "internet time" and I hacked it to synchronize with my iPhone's clock when I bought it.
The strap is definitely the weak link. Aside from the material being cheap, it's an odd size—130/60. Typically 130 is matched with 80 (120/70 would be the normal ratio for a strap with the overall length of this strap), and consequently the buckle is off-center which pushes the watch away from the center of the wrist as the buckle tends to center itself. Also it doesn't lock shut in a very satisfying manner. Anyone planning to buy this watch should anticipate spending the additional money necessary to buy a good strap. I've ordered a Horween Shell Cordovan strap from an artisan strap maker in Japan. I will update the images when it arrives.
The face has a very strong sundial effect, layered. Very catchy. The hands are very polished, with the second hand being deep blue. As this is an automatic, the second hand moves around three times a second, rather than the once-per-second of a quartz. (The beat is 21,000 per hour, or six-per-second, but I don't think the hand moves that often.) This is called a "sweep" second hand, and is something people who care will notice on your wrist. At which point you can take it off (note the nifty deployment, whereby your leather strap goes on and off like a metal watch bracelet) and show them the highly detailed movement (machine) under the glass on the back of the watch.
The crystal is not sapphire, but rather hardened glass (Hardlux). This may be annoying, but it does let them put a more classic shape on it.
So how does it wear? Initially the strap was rather stiff. It took about two days to shape well to my (narrow) wrist. And this is a thickish watch, including the crystal, so it's a tight squeeze under a dress shirt. But it looks fantastic and is quite comfortable.
I did oscillate between buying this or the Hamilton Intra-Matic; both are classics, but the Hamilton is American and significantly thinner. But... it's not as distinctive, it's more expensive and the lack of a second hand reduces the impact of the mechanical (automatic) movement. I'm delighted with my choice.