Here’s a new variant of the Seiko Captain Willard that is released exclusively as a Seiko Boutique Edition. There are three Seiko Boutiques in Singapore and this was purchased at the one located at Vivo City (excellent customer service. Thank you).
The model number of this watch is SPB288J1 and it is powered by the 6R35 movement with 70 hours of power reserve.
This time round I had the opportunity to handle the Seiko SRPH38K1, a limited edition King Turtle that is created for the Philippine market. The watch is characterized by its bright yellow dial and gold accent on the bezel and bezel insert. The design or rather choice of colours is said to be inspired by the Philippine sunrise and hence it was given the nickname Philippine Sunrise.
This watch is limited to 1000 pieces and comes with an additional silicone strap. Below are some pictures.
This time round I tried out the Crazy Horse Bund strap by vario.sg. This strap is the stock strap of the Vario 1918 Trench Watch and 1918 Medic Watch. It comes in 18mm and 20mm width and can be bought separately on their website.
The specimens I received are 20mm models in cinnamon brown and mahogany brown. Let’s take a look.
This time round I had the opportunity to try out the new Crazy Horse Single Pass Strap from the vario.sg. I received two 20mm specimens in Coal Black and Indigo Blue. They came at the right time, just when I was thinking of strap options for my recently purchased Seiko Willard SPB151J1 and SPB183J1. Let’s take a look.
This time round I handled the Seiko PADI Sumo, SPB181J1 which was released in around Dec 2020/Jan 2021. If I’m not wrong, this is the second PADI Sumo released by Seiko. The first one was the SBDC049 that has a blue bezel with “fat” numerals. The current model has a Pepsi bezel with slimmed down numerals. It is also updated with the 6R35 movement.
This time round I checked out the 6R35 Seiko Prospex Alpinist, SPB119J1. I used to own two pieces of the 6R15 version in the past when they were still JDM models. They were very popular due to the similarity with the 4S15 version that was released in the 90’s.
There are three versions of Alpinist that has this particular case design – the 4S15 version from the 90’s with a smaller case size, the 6R15 version from a few years back and the current 6R35 version. I find that the Alpinist identity actually gets weaker with each subsequent 6R version.
4S15 version – “Alpinist” word printed on dial and solid caseback bears the Alpinist logo.
6R15 version – Solid caseback with the Alpinist logo. (No “Alpinist” word on dial)
6R35 version – “Alpinist” word nowhere to be found on the watch. Solid caseback replaced with see-through caseback.
This time round I handled the new limited edition Seiko Prospex diver that is designated for Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau and Brunei markets. It is limited to 300 pieces and comes on a metal bracelet and an additional silicone strap. It has a dolphin grey dial and a blue bezel which is a perfect colour combo in my opinion. The dial is mildly textured and the crown is signed with the Prospex “X” logo.
The watch comes with a free gift which is a USB powered desktop speaker. It is shaped like an oxygen tank and bears the Prospex name (see last two pictures below).