This time round I had the opportunity to check out the Seiko SARG011, a recent 6R15 JDM model from the Mechanical line. This watch has a black dial with large Arabic numerals, legible wide hands and red-tipped second hand. Some people think of it as Seiko’s version of the Explorer 1 but I see it as something like the new Tudor Ranger because of its size and its printed hour numerals and bars
Here’s a quick look.
Even numbers of the hour are represented by Arabic numerals and odd numbers are represented by bars. The wide hands and printed hour markers make the watch very legible. The other aspects of the dial that are worth taking note are:
- red-tipped second hand
- outline of the hour, minute and second hand are darkened
- white on black date display
- date window frame is darkened
- applied Seiko logo
- lumed hour markers
Looking at the stock picture alone, I thought Seiko had again used the SARX001 case. When I got hold of the actual watch, I realized this is a brand new case. It looks similar to the SARX001 case but the tip of the lugs are more squarish instead of curved. The size (diameter and lug to lug) is slightly different as well.
The watch is fitted with a curved sapphire crystal.
See-through caseback showing the 6R15C movement inside.
The watch is fitted with a black leather strap with folding buckle. It is thick padded and has a non-glossy finishing.
Personally, I wouldn’t use a folding buckle on a watch like this. The strap is nice but it would be perfect if it had a regular buckle. Fortunately, there are plenty of aftermarket straps that I think should go well with the watch.
Diameter: 40.3mm excluding crown
Lug width: 20mm
Water resistance: 10 bar
Seiko SARG011 featured in this post is provided by
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Tel: 6273 3355 Fax: 6278 8929