I finally picked up the new Seiko Fieldmaster SBDC011, a field watch in the tuna can body. This is my fourth automatic tuna can after the 6159-7010, SBDX005 and SBDX011.
Below is a closeup shot of the dial. The watch comes with the same type of hour and minute hands that Seiko normally installs on their tuna can watches. The Marinemaster type of second hand though is traditionally not use on the tuna cans.
The front portion of the hands have chrome finishing. The short ends are all coated black, probably to minimize glaring effect when reading the time under the sun.
The shroud has brushed finishing and is held in place by three screws just like the quartz tuna cans. I do not have a 300m SBBN model here to compare so I can’t say which watch is bigger. The Fieldmaster measures 48mm across excluding crown.
The watch is fitted with a flat sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.
As a field watch, the compass bezel rotates smoothly in both directly (no clicking). From this photo below, you can see that the bezel insert actually slopes downwards toward the crystal.
Here’s a close up shot of the crown. I believe it is the same crown used in the SBDX011 except for the different surfacing coating. It looks exactly the same by size or by design.
The watch comes with screw in caseback that has the ground to air emergency signal codes printed on it.
The watch has an usual lug width of 21mm and is fitted with a double ridged leather strap with double stitching. The colour of the strap actually matches the black dial very well.
For your info, this watch uses the standard springbars as opposed to the fat ones used by the Seiko divers.
The strap tapers to 20mm and is fitted with a big and solid buckle. Its design reminds me of the Panerai buckle just that it is not as big.
Looks like Seiko made a new buckle for the watch and will probably be using it on their future sporty watches.
The watch is shipped in the standard Prospex presentation box. It is the same box that the SBDX011 ships in.
Seiko SBDC011 featured in this post is provided by
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