From a picture on the catalog to the final product, the 4R15 diver is finally released. This is the first Seiko diver that uses the 4R15 movement. Like the 7Sxx movement, the 4R15 does not hack nor handwind but it has a power reserve of 50 hours according to its specification.
Let’s take a look at the watch….
First, the vital stats. This watch is approximately 43.5mm across excluding crown and thickness is about 12mm. The diameter of the crystal is 33.5mm. Lug width is 20mm and lug to lug (from the tip of lugs) distance is 50mm.
The first thing I notice when I saw the watch is the legibility of the dial. The following contributed to its legibility:
- use of white colored lume material against the black dial
- lack of chrome frame on hour markers and hands
- white colored second hand instead of ss color
- use of big Arabic 3,6,9 and 12 markers
- white on black date that is well window hidden between the 4 and 5 o’clock markers
- longer minute indexes
Most parts of the watch have brushed finishing. They include the top and bottom of the lug as well as the side of the watch case. Polished areas include the ‘teeth’ of the bezel, the crown, certain parts of the crown guard and the screw in caseback. There is also a polished outline on each side of the watch as shown in the pictures below.
The back of the watch is recessed to allow the screw in caseback to sit lower. This will probably make it more comfortable to wear as the watch will sit lower on the wrist. Down side is, some wrist cheese will get trapped in the gap as time goes by.
The watch comes with the newer type of Z20 rubber strap. Watch has drilled lugs.
Here’s the price tag. The distributor, Thong Sia Group has set the list of the list price at SGD641.00 (inclusive of 7% GST).
Overall, the SRP043 is a nice and solid diver from Seiko. If you get one and like it, you probably would wish that there are other color variants available like all other Seiko divers that you collect.
Here are some other pictures:
Comparison with the Sumo:
Comparison with the SKX007:
Seiko SRP043K2 featured in this post is provided by:
K2 Watch Company
845 Geylang Road, Tanjong Katong Complex
#03-K1. Singapore 400845
Tel: 6746 0270