Few brands can profess to have watches that are notorious to such an extent that they are really known after monikers. Rolex and Omega are among them – think “Paul Newman”, “Bart Simpson” or “Deep Blue” – however Seiko is additionally on par in this “nickname game”. A significant number of their watches have been named with crazy sobriquets, concerning occasion the “Turtle” or the “62Mas” . Another, more current, is the “Samurai”, known to be an energetic watch with a great to-esteem proportion. After a careful comeback with the (sold-out) Lagoon Limited Edition , aficionados will be satisfied to see that the Seiko Prospex Samurai is, harking back to the 2017 assortment, and now in non-restricted editions.
As an update, the Seiko Samurai (you can see an old model beneath) was dispatched in 2004 and was created for a couple of years, until being eliminated from the index. As of now around then, it was a somewhat enormous, tough, 200m water safe and currently planned watch, with no vintage motivation – yet it includes some undeniable signs it was a Seiko diver’s watch. This watch existed in different releases, incorporating variants with titanium case (suspended in 2008, and saved for the Japanese market) or steel case with “Clou de Paris” finished dial.
After just about 10 years of nonattendance, the Samurai was back, in any event for a brief timeframe, and for the couple of gatherers that were sufficiently quick to get their hands on it. For sure, the comeback of the Seiko Prospex Samurai was by one way or another reported with a secret, the Lagoon restricted release – 6,000 pieces delivered, which seems like a huge sum, anyway knowing the interest of gatherers for Seiko jump watches and the 489 Euro sticker price, it’s nothing unexpected that this model went sold-out moderately rapidly. Cheerfully you don’t need to stress any longer, as the Samurai is well and really back, and is going to make its return for 2017, with a whole assortment of 4 watches – references SRPB49K1, SRPB51K1, SRPB53K1 and SRPB55K1.
The developments that showed up on the Blue Lagoon version are likewise present on these standard Seiko Prospex Samurai models for 2017. It implies that generally speaking, we’re completely before a Samurai, yet numerous subtleties have been refreshed compared to the 2004 watches. Shape, style and details are the equivalent, despite the fact that there are eminent advancements. In the first place, the case… That extremely sharp, striking, current, manly, solid instance of the Samurai (pick the correct notice). This sobriquet is absolutely reasonable when dealing with the watch; it is a legitimate warrior.
Compared to the 2004 adaptation, the principle development is that Seiko just proposes the Prospex Samurai in tempered steel and no titanium case is offered (yet). Be that as it may, the normal state of the case stays, with a 43.8mm width – no dramatization as it wears a lot more modest than anticipated, regardless of whether it stays, obviously, a serious watch on the wrist. The facetted case, with the hauls and the end-connection of the arm band going down exactly at the edge of the bezel, makes this Samurai rather compact. Different subtleties that were available on the past form, including the knurled surface of the bezel and the crown, are as yet present. By and large, no doubt about it, the Samurai is back, and it’s as great as it ever was.
The in general nature of the case and arm band has likewise been improved compared to the more established form, with a cleaner completing of the parts, just as marginally smoother points working on this issue. The Seiko Prospex Samurai is completely brushed, for a decent apparatus styling. While seeming comparative, the bezel embed has likewise been refreshed, with more exact printings, more slender and more rakish numerals. The bezel is as it ought to be on a plunging instrument, with sharp snaps, unidirectional turn and the initial 15-moment of the scale illuminated in an alternate tone and with sharp markers.
The second and presumably biggest development concerns the facelifted dial of the Seiko Prospex Samurai. Both the records and the hand set have been overhauled to be enormous, simpler to peruse and by and large more present day. The differentiation between the quarters and the other records is simpler to make, and the new bolt hour hand makes disarray with the moment hand inconceivable. Additionally, a little yet helpful marker shows up close to the date window (missing on the 2004 rendition). At long last, and in particular, the dial currently has an overall quite slim “Clou de Paris” surface, just as the “X” logo, common to all Prospex watches.
Inside the case is the Caliber 4R35 – a development presented in 2011, as a trade for the 7S family, which had fueled, among different watches, the past Samurai. This development is imparted to the Turtle assortment , yet with a sole date show (and not the day-date sign). The 4R3x family brought a few updates, including a hacking capacity and a manual winding limit. This type 4R35 beats at 21,600vph, highlights 24 gems and flaunts a force save of around 41 hours. Seiko shows a precision of – 35/+45 seconds out of every day, which is incredibly negative (from my own insight, I can tell that my PADI Turtle , with a similar base development, is near being chronometer evaluated… )
For 2017, the new Seiko Prospex Samurai will incorporate 4 watches:
- SRPB49K1 – Blue dial, blue and dark bezel, steel bracelet
- SRPB51K1 – Black dial, dark and dim bezel, steel bracelet
- SRPB53K1 – Blue dial, blue and red “Pepsi” bezel, elastic strap
- SRPB55K1 – Black covered case, dark dial with brilliant hands, dark and gold bezel, elastic strap
The Seiko Prospex Samurai Collection for 2017 is a standard assortment, not restricted underway and accessible all around the globe. Costs range from 419 Euro for the SRPB53K1 (Pepsi bezel) to 459 Euro for the 3 different forms. More subtleties on seiko-prospex.com .
Technical Specifications – Seiko Prospex Samurai 2017 Collection
- Case: 43.8mm breadth – hardened steel case, brushed – Hardlex precious stone on the dial side – plain steel back – 200m water resistant
- Movement: type 4R35, in-house – programmed winding – 3Hz recurrence – 41h force hold – 23 gems – hours, minutes, focal second, date
- Strap/bracelet: elastic tie or steel bracelet
- References: SRPB49K1, SRPB51K1, SRPB53K1, SRPB55K1
- Availability: presently in stores
- Price: from 419 Euro to 459 Euro