- Case Material: Stainless Steel (brushed/polished)
- Dual-side elasticized goring
- Case Colour: Silver, Blue
- Bezel Function: Minute scale, turnable to the left
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|Dial window material type||Hardlex|
|Clasp Type||Tang Buckle|
|Case diameter||44 millimetres|
|Case Thickness||12 millimetres|
|Band Material||Rubber Strap|
|Band width||20 millimetres|
|Warranty type||1 Year Seiko Warranty|
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What's really nice about the mini-monsters is that they aren't just clones with different color schemes - each one has unique stylistic elements. They have certain things that are more or less identical - yet each has a distinctive set of dial markers, and the bezel designs all have interesting variations. I'm surprised to find the cases are actually different also.
What is absolutely not possible to see in on-line pictures or even high-res you-tube videos about this model is that the gold borders around the lumed markers are very reflective and play with light in a way which is exceptionally striking. I've never seen that kind of thing before and it's really cool. I wasn't sure I liked the gilt edges of the hands and markers (based on photographs), but up close it's something that adds significantly to the attractiveness of the dial -- though It should be noted that the reflective shimmering of the gilded index borders can be distracting at times and detract from the legibility of the dial.
I also like having a watch which, while definitely being 'monstrous' in style has round rather than triangular indexes. This blends with the traditional "Submariner" look - in fact this model kind of reminds me of the blue Seiko SUMO (aka BLUMO).
The bezel of this watch is very interesting. I assume it's made of stainless steel, but it has surface treatment that causes it to look like its cut from some kind of semi-precious gemstone, like dark blue onyx. The color shifts, depending on the view angle, between jet black and the same dark blue color of the dial. The bezel is very similar to the bezel of the so-called "Sea Monster" Pospex model's, but the pattern along the side is simpler, a series of widely spaced groves. It clicks nicely, offering less than average resistance. There is very little play when it sets in position, and lines up well with indexes. There is no luminous 'pip' ... just a dot in the middle of the triangle indicator
The dark hues of the dial and bezel cause this watch to wear significantly smaller than the most of the other 'mini-mosters'. Side by side with the baby ice/snow monster, I'd swear it's several millimeters smaller in diameter. (But it isn't, they are both about 44.15 mm wide). I think this model might be an ideal choice for someone who likes the style of the mini-monsters but worries they are too wide for their wrist.
As I have frequently found with other Seiko automatics using the 4R3x movement, the watch I received is very accurate. I haven't had it long enough to have determined a precise number, but over the course of a couple days it's keeping time within +3 seconds a day, and runs on-wrist pretty close to perfect. I must admit to owning 9 watches with the SI 4R3x movement, and all of them run better than -2 to +7. I've never had to regulate them - just out of the box they are surprisingly within or very near COSC chronometer certification requirements. Perhaps I'm just lucky. Seiko doesn't factory-regulate this movement, so It's a crap shoot, but your odds of getting an accurate watch are very good. And it's possible to open the case back and manually adjust them if you get one that is inaccurate enough to bug you. There are various videos on Youtube that demonstrate the method. Regulating a watch is not for the faint of heart and it takes a steady hand and quite a bit of patience - don't try it with an expensive watch. Be careful not to let the tool you use slip under the adjustment lever - the hairspring attaches there, and if you bump it you'll likely pull the delicate coil out of shape and if that happens your watch no more ticky ticky.
Incidentally, Seiko has very recently released another group of Seiko 5 Sports watches that also have a similar look and feel. These have model numbers begining with SRPB (note the 'B' at the end). To be honest I'm not so impressed with these - the designs just don't seem as inspired; they might be fine watches so I'm only suggesting that you be aware that there are two sets of these now, and to look closely and compare to see which you prefer, the SRP models or the SRPB models...
Once I got it I swung it back and forth for about a minute to wind it and will probably do that twice a day just to make sure it's wound properly although my understanding is that it should have power for about two days if left by itself. So far the accuracy seems pretty good, I've been testing it against an online atomic clock and it seems to be keeping pretty close to it over the two days I've had it. I think I might get a leather strap for it to replace the rubber strap it came with although the rubber strap itself is not bad. This particular model came out in November so still fairly recent for a Seiko 5 new release. The photo on the Amazon website doesn't do it justice, I recommend googling the model number to find more images and also visiting the website. yeomanseiko for some better pics. Very happy, looking forward to many years of use.
Just wanted to update, still running great, really like it. Update on daily accuracy: Gains about 5-7 seconds per day which I understand is pretty good for an automatic watch.
Follow-up info: It seems running a bit fast which is about 3 sec in 6 hours. I hope that it will probably average with gain and loss, because if only gain, then it will accumulate to 12 sec / day. Reverting after few days.
Follow up info: First 24 hours gained 20 seconds. Hmm. I still like it and hope it may stabilize over time with less variation.