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- Display Type : Analogue
- Water-restistant (bar) : 50
- Diameter (without crown) in mm/inches : 40 / 1,57
- Weight in g/ounces : 84 / 2,96
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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 available at Amazon.com: September 1, 2012
- Average Customer Review:
|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Seiko Watches|
|Dial window material type||Hardlex|
|Case material||Stainless steel|
|Case diameter||40 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||13.1 millimeters|
|Band width||20 millimeters|
|Special features||Self-winding with manual winding capability|
|Item weight||3.04 Ounces|
|Movement||Automatic self wind|
|Water resistant depth||50 Meters|
Top customer reviews
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!
Only small negative (for me) is the band but no big deal. I put it on a Breitling style padded black band with white stitching...amazing.
Note this watch wears big for a 40mm case as the bezel is very slim.
The strap is however rubbish and makes the watch look cheap. I replaced mine with a crocodile leather blue strap.
You will need to change the strap. The original strap is too shiny and looks cheap.
1) what's going on with the crystal? Seiko could've gone with sapphire, sure. But I have to say, the Hardlex crystal suits this piece perfectly. It's raised and domed and appears almost fluid in its clarity. Along the edge, where it's curved, the view of the face is distorted as the light bends through the crystal. It's very cool. Think a new Omega with Hesalite before its all scratched to hell. The crystal, coupled with the font chosen for "Automatic" and the lack of any numerals on the face, creates a modern (i.e. larger) version of a watch you could otherwise easily conclude dates from the 1960s.
2) what's the deal with the strap? The strap is a very shiny black, almost patent, leather with dark, dark blue stitching. It looks too shiny to be real leather, frankly. A good wiff of it's leathery goodness dispels any notion that it's pleather or vinyl. It's 20mm at the spring and 18mm at the buckle. I expect it to age very well. Like the crystal, the strap is perfect for this watch and doesn't need immediate upgrading. When it wears out, I'll likely get a shiny black crocodile strap. My wrist is 7 1/2 inches. I'm on the third of eight holes, so really, it's just big enough that the tail of the strap doesn't stick straight out. Those with bigger wrists beware.
3) what's going on with the buckle? No idea. It's backwards. It's also comfortable and works just fine.
4) is the face blueish? If the watch I received has a blue tint to the face, I can't see it. There's silver and maybe some grey. My wife glanced at it just now and replied "yes, it's blue." So there's that. It's not as blue as the picture on Amazon would have you believe. I'd say scroll through Google images for a better representation. The second hand is a nice dark blue. Matches the stitching.
5) hack movement? Yes
That's about it.
I'm happy with this purchase.