This time round I had the opportunity to handle the new Seiko 5 Sports model that has the new “5” logo. Seiko dished out 27 variants at one go and grouped them into various styles namely, Sports Style, Suits Style, Specialist Style, Street Style and Sense Style. The five variants I have here are the Suits Style SRPD67K1, SRPD71K2, SRPD73K2 and SRPD75K1, and Sense Style SRPD85K1. In this post, I will share some observations, thoughts and pictures. Let’s take a look.
The new Seiko 5 Sports has a familiar look because it is based on the case design of the 7S26 SKX diver that was released in 1996. I don’t have the SKX diver on hand but these are the main differences between the new Seiko 5 Sports and the SKX:
– 10 bar water resistance vs Diver’s 200m ISO rating
– Non-screw down crown vs screw down crown
– no lume pip vs lume pip
– Display back vs solid caseback
– regular spring bars vs fat spring bars
– 4R36 (hack and handwind) vs 7S26 movement
– drilled lugs vs non-drilled lugs
I think those who like the look of the SKX diver but do not actually swim or go snorkeling with it will find the new Seiko 5 Sports attractive. This group of people only use it as a casual watch and change strap very often. The regular spring bars on the new Seiko 5 Sports make it easier for people who change straps regularly. They are easier to remove compared to fat spring bars and they fit into most straps that take regular spring bars thus giving the watch more strap options and allowing the owner to enjoy the watch to the fullest.
Overall, I believe the new Seiko 5 Sports is will sell very well since it is based on the SKX diver which is already a very popular model. There are plenty of variants to choose from and judging from recent Seiko trend, I suspect more variants and styles will be released in the months to come.
The watch is very well made with Hardlex crystal, reasonably bright lume and smooth 120 click bezel action. It has the same quality as you would expect from a Seiko 5. Personally, I find that the “5” logo on the dial is really unnecessary. The dial looks cleaner and nicer without the logo. The same can be said for the “X” logo and “Presage” from the other sub brands. I think having these names and logos on the caseback or rotor is more than sufficient.
Below are some quick and dirty pictures for your reference.
Lug width: 22mm
Lug to lug: 46mm
Water resistance: 10 bar
More pictures of the new Seiko 5
Seiko 5 models featured in this post is provided by K2.
845 Geylang Road, Tanjong Katong Complex, #03-K1.
Tel: 6746 0270
Text and pictures by Yeoman
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