Looking at Seiko’s vintage assortment of jump watches, there are many icons… Among them is a watch nicknamed “Turtle”, because of the one of a kind state of its case. Known as the reference 6105-8110 , or as the “Captain Willard” (it was worn by Sheen in Apocalypse Now), it would become the motivation for one of the brand’s best present day jump watches, the Prospex Automatic Diver 200m “Turtle”, accessible in numerous versions ( here , here or here ). Vigorous, open, amusing to wear, there’s very little to complain about this piece. In any case, Seiko has chosen to give its smash hit a pleasant overhaul. Meet the three new watches previously named “King Turtle”, or Seiko Prospex Automatic Diver 200m SRPE03, SRPE05 and SRPE07.
What would we say we are talking about here? Another model? Or on the other hand a straightforward overhaul? Indeed, the last will be more proper. The base for these three new watches is completely recognizable, the lauded and acclaimed Prospex Automatic Diver 200m SRP Series – which we audited here . This is the section level automatic jump watch at Seiko Prospex, with a 200m water-obstruction, a 45mm adjusted case, the type 4R36 with a day-date work and a plan emphatically propelled by the 6105. Being in the EUR 400 territory, you’ll get a ton of a watch at the cost, however you’ll additionally need to manage a couple of concessions, for example, a mineral “Hardlex” gem, a scratch-touchy aluminum bezel and a plain dial. This is for the straightforward “Turtle” watch.
Now, Seiko has chosen to add three new watches to the assortment – don’t consider it as a trade for the SRP arrangement that are fundamentally equivalent to previously, however better… Or in any event, with numerous updates to improve the apparent quality and the obstruction of the watch to troublesome circumstances. What’s more, it didn’t take long to the Seiko-Fans community to give this watch an epithet: “King Turtle”.
What’s new? From the start, very little has been changed. The general plan clearly didn’t need numerous updates and the 45mm x 13.2mm instance of the Seiko King Turtle – the SRPE arrangement – is equivalent to the one utilized by the standard Turtle watches. It likewise implies a screw-down crown situated at 4 o’clock, a screwed caseback and ensured 200m water-opposition. The equivalent can be said about the dial design, which actually holds the equivalent records, specks and hands. Furthermore, the day-date complication actually discovers its place at 3 o’clock.
The advancement lies in subtleties, however subtleties that can have a serious effect. The new Seiko Prospex King Turtle improves all the parts that might have been viewed as somewhat on the low-end side. To start with, the Hardlex glass – a mineral precious stone – has been supplanted by a significantly more safe sapphire gem. Likewise, and this will absolutely be a state of discussion, it presently includes a rectangular magnifier throughout the day-date window. By and by, I like it as it adds a specific old fashioned appeal to that watch – despite the fact that it isn’t verifiably relevant.
The second update on the Seiko Prospex King Turtle is the bezel. In the first place, it includes an alternate example for the hold, with more characterized grooves and a squared profile. This feels more present day, more forceful than the adjusted, soft example of the traditional Turtle. In any case, generally speaking, it adds a feeling of value. Second (and major) update, the bezel’s embed is presently produced using artistic, still with the hour long scale since the plan of the actual scale is indistinguishable. Indeed, this will make the watch more safe in the long run.
Finally, there are the dials. In the event that the design and show are the equivalent, the examples are unique. The two standard Seiko King Turtle models, ref. SRPE03 and SRPE05, come with a squared surface – call it Tapisserie in the event that you need – that enlivens the watch and adds to the apparent quality.
Inside the watch, there are no indications of development fitted with a similar development, the attempted and-tried type 4R36. This automatic motor is known for its respectable precision (it can without much of a stretch spat the ±10 seconds a day) and its demonstrated unwavering quality. It includes a hand-twisted limit just as a stop-seconds. It runs at 21,600 vibrations/hour and stores around 40 hours of force reserve.
This new Seiko Prospex King Turtle assortment has been dispatched in three distinct models. The first, reference SRPE03K1, is an untouched exemplary with a dark dial and squared example, a dark ceramic bezel and is worn on a 3-interface tempered steel arm band. The last has a collapsing catch with discharge press catches and a jumping augmentation. The SRPE03K1 will be estimated at EUR 619 (Europe RRP).
The second model in this Seiko King Turtle assortment is the reference SRPE05K1. It plays on military themes, with a khaki green dial, again with the squared example and a dark fired bezel. It is worn on a coordinating khaki green silicone tie, with a treated steel pin clasp. The SRPE05K1 will be estimated at EUR 599 (Europe RRP).
Last yet not least, the third model in the King Turtle assortment is the reference SRPE07K1. This rendition is marginally unique in relation to the two others, as it includes a dial with a wave design – by one way or another suggestive of the “Save the Ocean” model however with better definition. The clay bezel is blue with a brilliant scale and the watch is worn on a dark silicone tie, with a treated steel pin clasp. The SRPE07K1 will be evaluated at EUR 599 (Europe RRP).
The three new Seiko Prospex King Turtle are pleasant increases to the assortment. They acquire a great deal terms of apparent quality, which comes a cost increment of around EUR 180. They are currently accessible in stores (Feb. 2020). More subtleties at seikowatches.com .