Recently, a couple of early and popular 6R15 models from the Spirit line were discontinued and some people are rushing to buy them because they were much lower in price compared to the current models.
This time round, I had the opportunity to look at the blue dialed SARB045, one of the more expensive 6R15 models to find out what makes it cost more.
Here are the discontinued models that were priced at less than JPY40,000 inclusive of tax.
Below are four of the current 6R15 dress watch models that are priced above JPY50,000 (tax included) including the Alpinist. It can be seen that the SARB045 and SARB039 are the higher priced models among them.
I have seen the SARB039 in-person but have yet to take a closer look to find out the reasons behind its pricing.
As for the SARB045, below are some areas that I believe contributed to its pricing.
The hour markers of this watch are shaped like chocolate bars. The 12 o’clock marker is made up of three bars while the rest of the markers are made of two bars. These hour markers are certainly more beefy than those on the other models.
If you take a closer look, you will find that the hour markers have got textured surface. I guess it probably cost a bit more to make them.
Case design and finishing
This is another area that was given more attention. The case design of this watch is slightly more sophisticated than most 6R15 models. It has more surfaces and probably requires more man hours to work on and not to mention its outstanding case finishing which one would notice the moment he picks up the watch.
The other parts of the watch including the hands, bracelet, crown and caseback are pretty much the same quality as the other models (except the Alpinist that has screw-in crown and solid caseback).
Overall, the SARB045 has a little more attention to details to justify its price.
I own or have owned some of the models mentioned in this post and in my opinion, all of them are priced according to their built quality. I believe Seiko will continue to make improvement to future 6R15 models and up their prices in a slow and steady manner. These affordable “hack and handwind” watches will eventually cost more so grab the older models while they are still available.
Seiko SARB045 featured in this post is provided by:
K2 Watch Company
845 Geylang Road, Tanjong Katong Complex
#03-K1. Singapore 400845
Tel: 6746 0270