Seiko released three limited edition divers that feature plastic case guard and tuna style hour and minute hands. They are the first set of divers that uses the 4R (4R36 in this case) movement. Each variant is limited to 1300 pieces.
Instead of the traditional black, blue and orange dial with stainless steel case, each of these divers has a different colour combination. Let’s take a look at them.
First up, the SRP236K, a variant with pink gold bezel, black PVD case and brown case guard. This variant was recommended to me by The Flying Scotsman. He sums it up nicely with the following comments.
The SRP236K1 has rose gold bezel and strap buckle, brown plastic case guard and strap, PVD case and crown with hacking and manual winding, automatic 4R36 movement. Dial is metallic pearl brown in colour . . . pretty zany and will not appeal to some . . but not me! It’s really striking and ultimately unique.
Hands are rose gold with lumibrite and so are the hour markers on the dial.
One unique watch. The plastic case guard looks a bit feeble and doen’t inspire much confidence in the strenght of it’s function of protecting the case from BIG knocks! ;-P
Nice execution by Seiko none the less, IMHO.
If you are used to the 300m shrouded divers you will find the screws on this one slightly odd because they are positioned close to each other.
All three models come with rubber strap. There is no bracelet version at this moment.
The SRP236K comes with brown rubber strap with pink gold buckle.
I noticed that it has two serial numbers, one using the “XXXX/1300” format and one with the standard format indicating that the watch was produced in November 2011. However, the “1276” is common to both.
On previous Seiko models that use plastic parts, you will find the words “Stainless Steel + plastics” on their casebacks. This model however does not have the plastic part mentioned.
From the caseback shot, you can see that you probably can’t remove the plastic case guard without removing the crown. Also, since it does not state “Sapphire” on the caseback, I assume it it fitted with Hardlex crystal.
This model is priced at SGD692.30 in Singapore. (For reference only. I don’t sell this watch).
Here’s the SRP234K with gold case, black bezel and case guard. It has black dial and its hands and hour markers come with gold outline. Crown is gold as well.
It comes with black Z22 rubber strap and matching gold buckle.
The SRP234K is priced at SGD673.10 in Singapore. (Again for reference only. I don’t sell this watch).
Last but not least, the SRP233K, the model red case guard, black PVD case and black plastic case guard.
More images of this model can be found here:
These limited edition divers come with solid wooden box as shown below.
Although the colour used and the presentation style of the watch would remind people of the limited edition divers (Monster, Sumo, Samurai etc) from Thailand, it must be noted that these three models are not exclusive to Thailand.
Diameter: 48mm excluding crown
Lug width: 22mm
Seiko divers featured in this post is provided by:
Authorized Seiko dealer
K2 Watch Company
845 Geylang Road, Tanjong Katong Complex
#03-K1. Singapore 400845
Tel: 6746 0270