This time round I had the opportunity to handle the Seikp Prospex SPB151J1 aka “Willard-X” or “Captain Willard”. Below are some of my opinions on this watch.
Diameter: I feel that they should have made the Willard-X same size as the 6105-8110 or just 1mm smaller. I know the market trend is to make small watches but it should not be followed blindly. The 6105-811x is never a small watch to begin with and being a cushion cased diver, it is not a suitable candidate to do a down-sizing. If you want to make a small 6105, there’s always the 6105-8000.
Lug to lug: Honestly, 46.6mm lug to lug is a bit too short. It is even shorter than the lug to lug length of the SPB149J1 which is a 40.5mm watch.
Crystal: The slightly curved sapphire crystal comes with beveled edge which gives it the vintage feel. Refer to last few shots below.
Crown: The crown is smaller than those of the Turtle and most other Seiko divers. Hand winding or setting the date/time does not feel the same as other Seiko divers as it is hindered by the crown guard. The turtle does not have this issue because the side of the case around the crown is cut out to provide more access to the crown.
Diashield coating: Good to have scratch protection on a diver but it is not a must-have as it increases the cost of the watch.
Seiko SPB151J1 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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