- Automatic Movement with 50-hour power reserve
- Sapphire Crystal and Inner Rotating Compass Ring
- Japanese-automatic Movement
- Case Diameter: 39.5mm
- Water resistant 200m (660ft): in general, suitable for professional marine activity and serious surface water sports, but not diving
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The Seiko SARB017 field watch is powered by the premium Seiko 6R15 caliber self-winding movement that can also be hand wound and hacked. It is the same caliber that powers many of the Seiko Prospex line of watches. The movement has a generous 50 hour power reserve. The case has a fine brushed finish and the green dial sports highly luminous goldtone hands and hour markers. A date display is shown at the 3 o'clock position. A scratch resistant sapphire crystal is used to protect the dial. The watch is water resistant to 200 meters. Note: The crown at 4:00 turns the inner (compass marked) bezel. Case is a mix of brushed and polished stainless steel. Features Movement: Seiko 23-Jewel 6R15 Caliber Automatic (self-winding, hand winding, hacks) Case: Polished and Brushed ?stainless steel, 38mm diameter x 12mm thick Back: Screw-in back Crystal: Curved, scratch resistant sapphire Band: Brown leather, buckle closture. 20mm lug Water Resistant: 200 meters Warranty: 2 Years
Seiko Automatic. This Seiko automatic watch is designed with a stainless steel case equipped with scratch resistant sapphire glass, a screw down crown, and a crocodile-patterned brown leather strap. The green dial features uniquely designed gold toned hands and numerals, an inner rotating compass ring, a date calendar, and LumiBrite hands and markers. Visible through the see-through case back, the 23-jewel automatic movement has both manual and automatic winding capabilities and beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour, with a power reserve of approximately 50 hours. 200M (20 bar) Water Resistant
- Package Dimensions: 11.7 x 3.2 x 2.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B000KG93BQ
- Item model number: SARB017
- Batteries: 1 CR2 batteries required.
- Date first listed on Amazon: July 22, 2012
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Seiko|
|Dial window material type||Synthetic sapphire|
|Case material||Stainless steel|
|Case diameter||39.5 millimeters|
|Case Thickness||12 millimeters|
|Band Material||leather calfskin|
|Band length||Men's Standard|
|Band width||20 millimeters|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel|
|Special features||safire glass|
|Item weight||2.40 Ounces|
|Water resistant depth||660 Feet|
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1. The fit and finish of the watch is something you would expect from a watch at many times its price, as it hangs right in there with midtier swiss watches brands. The watch is solidly built, and the combination of the brushed and high polished case is superb. The signed crown with the Seiko "S" logo is a nice touch.
2. The green sunburst dial is magnificent and when seeing at different angles really makes the green dial pop. While some people may not like the green dial I am one of those that do. It might not be a good watch for those that only have one watch in their collection who are fashion oriented and like to match their watches to the clothes they wear, for these people this would be a good second watch. The raised gold hands and markers play nicely against the green dial, it is very well done and gives this watch a combination of classic and modern watch designs.
3. I am neutral regarding the compass feature but it is a plus for those that will utilize this functionality like those that are adventurous and go mountain climbing, hiking and love the outdoors, it is also a good conversation starter. The unidirectional crown at the four o'clock that rotates the chapter ring is precise and smooth, I have read other reviews where they wanted more resistance but for me it was not a problem
4. The watch can be worn as a dress watch or field watch, the screw in crown allows this watch to be used for water activities such as swimming or snorkeling, I would not use it for scuba or compression diving.
5. It does not have a see through case back but for this type of watch, I would not expect one.
6. I like the diameter size of the watch at 38/39mm, it does wear bigger but those that like large diameter watches you will be disappointed.
1. The watch lacks AR coating on the sapphire crystal which makes the watch reflect everything, including smudges. I always find myself having to clean the crystal. Again, at this price point I can't be that disappointed but it does separate this watch from being considered a luxury watch.
2. The leather band the watch comes with is cheap and unusable, I found the watch always shifting on my wrist regardless how tight or loose I made the band. The very first thing I did was replace the band. I went with a stainless steel bracelet that I purchased from a seller in Japan, and it absolutely makes this watch look and feels great. This watch would also look and feel great in a nice leather band. Sieko should have also signed the tang buckle with either its logo "S" or the name Seiko, for more name recognition.
I have been a watch enthusiast for over twenty years and have a wide variety of watches at every price point in my collection including Swiss brands like Jaeger-LeCoultre, Rolex, Omega, German brands like Sothis and Japanese watches such Orient Star and Seikos. In my opinion, the Seiko SAB017 Alpinist is worth every penny that the watch is selling for. While it is not the same quality as a Jager LeCoultre it is also many thousands less. As I stated above the fit and finish of the watch with brushed and high polished stainless steel and signed crown is what you would expect from a watch twice its price, the green dial with raised gold colored numerals, and indices really are beautifully executed and combine both classic and modern looks. The watch is versatile and can be used for outdoor activity and even swimming or snorkeling, it can also be used as a dress watch. Replace the original band and you have a great looking timepiece and worth every penny that you invested into it. I gave this watch a five rating, while it has flaws it is everything and more that you should expect from a watch at this price point.
The best part is that this watch really goes great with everything. It's a tool watch, but definitely dressy. It can be dressed up, but also can be taken into the water and the tough crystal will repel scratches. Very versatile watch with lots of functionality and elegant looks.
The crown is very nicely machined with the Seiko S embedded in the side. I like that the watch is waterproof, although I would have preferred if it was a little thinner, the 200m water resistance is likely a contributor to the chunky feel of this watch. I've added a Miltat Super Engineer II stainless steel bracelet and with that it's a weight on my wrist that I'm really not used to. But the feel is of high quality and every time I check the time I have to smile.
The one downside of this watch that I'm aware of is the included band – I think it's junk and not even in the same universe as the rest of the watch. I tried it on once, then took it off replacing it with a metal bracelet. I also have another leather band and bracelets in different styles and weights which I can switch back and forth. I believe I will get many years of happy ownership from this piece of watch making art.
I never really considered Seiko all that much before but now that I have my first Seiko, I'm very happy with it. I'm also not unhappy that this is a Japan domestic market model – it makes it less common and that's a trait in my opinion. I've gotten a few comments from co-workers and friends on the watch, all believing it was way more expensive than it actually is, although I believe the bracelet adds to that, so it's really well worth it.
From a value perspective, this might be the nicest watch I have had in my hands for under $1500. It matches my taste, so that helps, but it also leaves a super high quality impression as soon as you replace the crappy OEM strap.