my vintage watches

The 30-second summary.

This chunky cased charmer has one heck of a dial for something so affordable. In a recent explosion of re-issues from the Japanese marque, the Samurai has got to be one of the most attractive of the lot. With its sharp case and that hobnob dial, this guy has got a lot to offer for the dive watch enthisiast.


What's so special about the watch?

I notice something new about the watch each time I have it on. While the dial itself already presents so much to look at, there are more that's worth your attention with the help of a loupe and macro lens.


What are the functions of the watch?

Time with quickset date.


Let me tell you about the case...

I have to admit that the Samurai re-issue wasn't on my radar initially mainly because of its size. The hefy case can be quite daunting to guys like me with small wrists. I soon discovered that to make up for that Seiko designed the case with short lugs that cut sharply down, almost in an attempt to hug your wrist. 


That execution makes the bezel a lot more pronounced, bringing up the gently sloping surface to give a good depth that slides down the inside from the rehaut to the dial. 


While the initial Samurai moniker was derived from the shape of the hands resembling that of the sword, this re-issue made me look closer at the case and find new justification. What I noticed is the shape of the case from the side profile, its two lugs drooping down in smiliar fashion as the helmet that a samurai wears. This explanation for me adds meaning to the name than just seeing the watch as a cash-cow for Seiko.


At the back the familiar Seiko tsunami swirls in the middle of the screw-on caseback. Seeing how well the sticker has been placed on, I decided to let it remain. 


And now the dial...

If the unique case and bezel didn't hit you in the face, the dial most certainly will. The deep blue comes in a solid hue, a slight gloss that captures light thanks to the printed hobnob guilloche pattern. This provides a soft canvas to the deep tough lines on the bezel and the rehaut, allowing the hour indices a little room to breathe so they can stand out amist a dial with varying depth. 


Printed on the dial in white are the Seiko brand, Prospex, divers and automatic markings. There is a generous amount of paint used, allowing the marks to rise signifcantly against the sunken pockets of the dial. This contrast is very cool when viewed through a loupe.


Let's not forget the hands...

What must be the biggest disappointment to purists who demand a re-issue with the same hands as the past. But I see it as keeping up with the times. The sleek hands differenciate between hour and minute well, its sharp edges complementing the case shape well and gives it a modern twist to boot. 

"Peter" - 2017 Seiko Samurai Prospex Re-Issue SRPB53J1

  • Specifications

    • Hour, minute and sweeping seconds hands
    • Unidirectional elapsed time bezel
    • Blue machine guilloche hobnob dial with date window at 3
    • 42mm stainless steel case
    • 48mm lug-to-lug
    • 22mm lug-width
    • Seiko 4R36 automatic @ 21,600vph
    • Hardlex crystal
    • This watch will come delivered with two original rubber divers straps
    • Box and papers included

    Discloure: The blue sticker has come off from use.


    This is a used timepiece. Watch is checked to be in working condition when shipped. International sales are final; buyers are advised to ask all questions before purchase. 
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