Seiko celebrated two important anniversaries this year. They are:
– 100th Years of Watchmaking
– Seiko 5 50th Anniversary
I have featured quite a number of “100 years” commemorative models on this blog. This time round I had the opportunity to look at a Seiko 5 50th Anniversary commemorative model – SRP409J.
Three commemorative models were released for its 50th anniversary and each model pays homage to a different aspect of the Seiko 5 story. This model for example pays tribute to the original spirit.
The following text are extracted from Seiko’s website.
A half century has passed since Sportsmatic 5, the first “5,” was released in 1963.
This new watch is a tribute to the first ever Sportsmatic 5. Curved glass, a calendar frame and other distinctive features express the spirit of 1963 and pay homage to the simple design of the very first creation.
Respect, however, does not mean mere imitation. The dial design reflects the image of a compass, the ultimate symbol of man’s desire to understand and explore the globe, and it pays subtle tribute to the pioneering spirit of Seiko 5 Sports.
The other two models pay homage to the tradition of Seiko 5 design and to global thinking respectively.
The watch has a distinctive red ‘5’ on the second hand and a uniquely shaped frame on the day/date window. I don’t remember seeing this red ‘5’ on any vintage Seiko watches but I have seen similar frames on several old Seiko’s.
Another unique feature of this watch is the Seiko 5 logo on the crown.
The crystal is slightly curved. Don’t think it is sapphire since it is not mentioned on the caseback and hangtag.
Below are some pictures of the see-through caseback and bracelet. These are standard features of modern Seiko 5 watches.
Diameter: 42mm excluding crown
Lug width: 22mm
Seiko 5 SRP409J featured in this post is provided by:
K2 Watch Company
845 Geylang Road, Tanjong Katong Complex, #03-K1
Tel: 6746 0270
Not bad, a nice tribute to the “5”. If I see one passing by I will probably buy it for a collectible piece.
I must admit I prefer the 40th anniversary editions of the “5”. I how both the SS and Ti and Seiko went all the way with those.
The 40th anniversary SKZ205 is a nice watch. I think the Ti version is a commemorative model for 40th anniversary of Seiko diver.
You are right.
And You are also a good enabler, lol. Your post made me wonder about the anniversay “5” that might be on the market
I went to Seiko site
to check the models and I ended up buying a
Congrats on the SRP423K.
I personal pick would be the SARZ045. At least the colour is closer to the “original spirit” or the Seikomatic 5. However, I gave it a miss because 42mm is too big for a Seiko 5 without rotating bezel. 38-39mm would be ideal imho.
Nice, but disappointing. The 40th Anniversary edition was a 200m Diver’s watch with a sapphire crystal face. The 50th anniversary edition falls short of this.
That’s true and I find the 50th Anniversary models not so exciting. 🙂
Do you know how much is the lug to lug length of his watch?
Unfortunately, I did not measure it. Sorry.
This is a nice looking watch, and I just found out about this recently. I’d be interested in buying one if someone has one they want to sell.
What price and delivery price
Can I still buy the seiko 5 srp 409 50th anniversary watch, if so how much in GBP