If you need to name two of the most perceived and acclaimed Seiko watches, odds are you will call out “Turtle” and “Samurai”. While clearly Seiko is known for much something other than two jumpers ( Tuna , 62Mas , SKX , Sumo , and some more!), these two jumpers offer inconceivable incentive for cash. Two of the best device watches offered by the Japanese maker, Seiko currently presents a limited assortment only for Europe: the Seiko Prospex SRPD01KI Turtle and SRPD03K1 Samurai “Dawn Grey”.
Obviously, these watches are not progressive in innovation, or materials, but rather are variations of two very notable models by Seiko. Its an obvious fact that we are enthusiasts of the brand. It is difficult to contend with exactly how great these watches are. We are talking about in-house developments, cases, wristbands, dials… in-house everything, except at an available cost point.
And while Seiko offers more complex watches, or considerably further developed materials or innovation in a portion of its plunge watches, the Seiko “Turtle” and “Samurai” stay probably the most well known models, generally because of their top notch and moderate cost. One thing about these new models is vital however, one that has nothing to do with either quality or cost, yet about selectiveness. It may appear to be somewhat odd to discuss selectiveness with watches retailing around the 500 Euros point, and it’s, obviously, a general term with a little more than 2,000 units created each, however it’s significant you know this.
These watches are the absolute first watches ONLY accessible in Europe, through European retailers. Past models that may have been committed to the European landmass (whether it is the mainland as a whole or a solitary nation) have consistently been accessible on the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) as well. Presently, this is somewhat easy to refute without a doubt, particularly since the 6309 this SRP-assortment depends on was accessible worldwide EXCEPT in Japan in 1977. In any case, these two models will not be offered through official retailers outside of Europe.
The magnificence about the Seiko Prospex Turtle and Samurai ranges is that they are appropriate blender watches. You can toss them around, wear them the entire year, go scuba and work area plunging with them, take them fishing, for a climb in the desert, or go hiking with them; they will continue to do what they need to do! Also, these new “Dawn Gray” follow that equivalent path.
From a mechanical or specialized stance, these watches are the same as other Turtle or Samurai cycles. It is only a shading update, like the Lagoon or PADI ( Turtle and Samurai ) variants. Same case, same arm band, same development. Simply an alternate shading combination for the bezel and dial, propelled by the shade of dawn over the ocean.
Seiko Prospex Turtle Dawn Gray SRPD01K1
The Seiko Prospex Turtle, a name that stayed with the vintage 63XX-arrangement which this SRP-assortment is roused by, is maybe the most natural of the two and is in a flash unmistakable, with its brand name crown at 4 o’clock and its bi-shading bezel. However, the main personality marker is the pad molded case, a shape that got known as the turtle case with the previously mentioned Seiko 6309, which has stayed with it since its presentation (as clarified in our grasp on survey here ).
The specialized determinations are like the Seiko Prospex SRPA21 PADI Turtle, which we audited two years prior, and made a major sprinkle when dispatched. A 45mm wide case and 13.42mm stature make it a rather enormous – yet compact – watch. It’s furnished with the Seiko Caliber 4R36 programmed development, which showcases time, date and day of the week. It’s a durable, dependable development with a strong 41-hour power reserve.
The “Dawn Gray” theme, motivated by the unobtrusive shades of dawn ascending over the sea, has been converted into a bezel with 33% of the zone featured in orange and 66% in a medium dark tone, combined with an inconspicuous sunburst dim dial. This dial is fitted with white enormous hour markers and a huge arrangement of hands for extraordinary readability. The slight focal seconds hand is done in orange with a candy stabilizer. The case has both brushed and cleaned surfaces and comes on a multi-connect arm band, likewise with cleaned and brushed wrapping up. Changing the length of the wristband can be fiddly because of the collar and pin development however should be possible with a touch of tolerance and the privilege tools.
- Case: 45mm breadth x 13.42mm tallness – tempered steel case, cleaned and brushed – darkened unidirectional jumping bezel (120 ticks) with blue hour long aluminum embed – Hardlex solidified mineral precious stone – screwed steel caseback – screwed crown – 200m water-resistant
- Dial: sunburst dark dial, glowing hands and indices
- Movement: Seiko type 4R36, in-house – programmed winding – 3Hz recurrence – 41h force hold – hours, minutes, seconds, day-date indication
- Strap: stainless steel wristband with collapsing catch and plunging augmentation – dark silicon tie with steel pin clasp and steel keeper
- Reference: SRPD01K1
- Limitation: 2,018 pieces
- Price: EUR 530
Seiko Prospex Samurai Dawn Gray SRPD03K1
Originally dispatched in 2004, the Samurai assortment lay lethargic for a couple of years and was revived in 2016. Once again introduced with the limited “Tidal pond” edition in 2016 , alongside a comparable hued Turtle, the Samurai is a more contemporary interpretation of Seiko’s jump watch. An enormous, made right case with sharp calculated carries and a strong turning bezel on top make it an appropriate current diver.
The Seiko Prospex SRPD03K1 Samurai “Dawn Gray” follows similar way as its Turtle brother. Again an enormous steel case, this time estimating 43.8mm across and 13.4mm thick. The thing that matters is in a portion of the shaded subtleties. The hands are extraordinary, however again white on dark with an orange-tipped seconds hand, and a dim dial with a Clou de Paris beautification. The plunge bezel selects the initial 15 minutes in orange and the leftover zone in grey.
Once once more, in fact things are the same as past Samurai models, and the model is fitted with the programmed Seiko type 4R35. This demonstrates time and date just, yet other than that it’s like the Turtle, which means hacking seconds, a 41-hour power hold, a 3Hz recurrence to give some examples specs.
- Case: 43.8mm breadth x 13.4mm tallness – tempered steel, cleaned and brushed – hour long unidirectional jumping bezel – Hardlex precious stone on the dial side – screwed caseback and screw-down crown – 200m water-resistant
- Dial: “Clou de Paris” dark dial, glowing hands and indices
- Movement: Calibre 4R35; in-house – programmed – 3Hz/21,600vph recurrence – 41h force hold – 23 gems – hacking seconds and hand-winding limit – hours, minutes, seconds, date
- Bracelet: stainless steel arm band with collapsing fasten and plunging extension
- Reference: SRPD03K1
- Limitation: 2,018 pieces
- Price: EUR 470
Availability and Price
Both the Seiko Prospex Turtle “Dawn Gray” and the Seiko Prospex Samurai “Dawn Gray” come in a creation run of 2,018 pieces and are accessible through Seiko vendors all through Europe. The Prospex Turtle SRPD01K1 comes at a cost of EUR 530, incorporating an elastic lash with steel guardian and pin lock fasten and in an uncommon coordinating dark and-orange box. The Prospex Samurai SRPD03K1 doesn’t come with the additional tie and is marginally less expensive at EUR 470.
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