Purchased the Seiko SARG009 recently. I have posted on another variant, SARG011 before so I won’t go into details of the watch here. I chose the SARG009 because it has a black dial which provide better contrast for the white hands and hour markers.
I have also replaced the steel bracelet with a black leather strap. The end result is a watch with three colours – black, white and steel as shown above.
Here are some pictures of my SARG009.
This time round I had the opportunity to check out the Seiko SARG011, a recent 6R15 JDM model from the Mechanical line. This watch has a black dial with large Arabic numerals, legible wide hands and red-tipped second hand. Some people think of it as Seiko’s version of the Explorer 1 but I see it as something like the new Tudor Ranger because of its size and its printed hour numerals and bars
Here’s a quick look.
Added the Seiko SARG007 to my collection recently. This model has a similar case design as the Seiko AlpinistS except it is 40mm in diameter and has more areas with brushed finishings on its case. The Alpinist was meant to be an explorer watch whereas this model has a dial that makes it look more like a military field watch.
Here are some pictures of the SARG007. I have posted about the SARG005 in December 2013. Remember to check out the link at the bottom of this post if you want to see pictures of that variant.
Seiko has discontinued a number of 6R15 models and at the same time released a couple of new models using the same movement. This time round, I had the opportunity to handle a recent model from the Mechanical line. This model, SARG005 is powered by the 6R15 movement and looks very much like the 6R15 Alpinist model due to its case shape, inner compass bezel and crown at the 4 o’clock position.
Here’s a JDM Seiko that I had the opportunity to handle recently. It comes under the Mechanical line and is powered by the 6R21 movement. The salient features of this watch are:
1. Enamel dial
2. 28,800bph movement
3. Power reserve indicator
4. Hack and handwind
5. Crystal with “legs”
Here’s a quick photo review.
This case design was first introduced in the Spirit line and subsequently brought over to the Mechanical line. There are quite a number of variants under the Spirit line including some with Arabic hour markers.
Under the Mechanical line, it has even more variants including the RGB colour models as well as a pink gold and a black out variant.
Here’s a photo review of the pink gold variant – SARB072.
The Seiko Cocktail Time is a collaboration project between Seiko and Japan’s top bartender, Mr. Ishigaki Shinobu. The three models in this series were designed based on the original cocktails of Ishigaki Shinobu, and they are the “Cool” SARB065, the “Dry” SARB066 as well as the “Sweet” SARB068 which is limited to 300 pieces.
This time round, I had the opportunity to handle the cool SARB065.
Recently, a couple of early and popular 6R15 models from the Spirit line were discontinued and some people are rushing to buy them because they were much lower in price compared to the current models.
This time round, I had the opportunity to look at the blue dialed SARB045, one of the more expensive 6R15 models to find out what makes it cost more.
The other day while drinking coffee with the watchmaker at his shop, his watch strap supplier showed up to take orders. His sample straps are placed in large strap holders that look like photo albums. While looking through the samples, I saw these rugged strap with big stitches. So, I asked the watchmaker to order some and I got a brown one for my Alpinist which is the first watch in my collection to come to my mind when I saw the straps.
The strap compliments the Alpinist very well and I decided to create a picture of it.