A Week On The Wrist The Seiko Prospex SPB143
Perhaps more than some other brand, the street through one’s Seiko experience can regularly cause one to feel like a worth fixated horological Goldilocks. For large numbers of us, the main bowl of porridge comes right off the bat in our improvement of watch excitement, with a Seiko 5, or possibly a SKX007, or in case you’re similar to me, a SKX779 “Dark Monster” (seen shining beneath). Furthermore, while Goldilocks required just battle with a threesome of potentially wonderful food, from that first spoonful of Seiko steel, you’re acquainted with a table with many alternatives. Large, little, intense, unobtrusive, current, new, old, old-looking, JDM, restricted versions, titanium, steel, kinetic, sun powered, and more.
The creator’s first two Seikos in quite a while first effective lume shot back in 2007. (Seiko SKX007 left and SKX779 beneath right).
The mind reels to coordinate this biological system into reasonable classes and families. As Seiko Folk, we exchange Latin names for reference numbers, common names for an unending exhibit of progressively undefined monikers. At the point when a companion messages a picture of a huge and forcing puck of a watch on his wrist with the subtitle perusing “SBBN013 :)”, it is occupant upon you to decipher and answer in due structure, “Oh, pleasant Darth Tuna” (or similar).
The creator’s equivalent SKX007, modded with a 12-hour bezel 10 years later.
While all of watch appreciation (and surely gathering) is situated in an advancing individual use of experimentation, hardly any brands welcome the maturing devotee with the proposal of more crude experience for their spending plan than Seiko. On the off chance that you have $500 to spend, you could in a real sense spend it a hundred unique ways and, with every choice, you have guaranteed the exciting buzz of airing out that basic Seiko box to another experience. Thusly, with each new experience, we get a piece of information that can be applied to the following time we want to pull the idea about this particular opening machine.
Our taste creates and, ideally, becomes more individual and customized to our own wrist. Is a Darth Tuna a rad watch? Indeed. Is it excessively enormous for my wrist? Additionally, yes. Put that spoon down, attempt another bowl. Some will be excessively hot, some excessively cold, however with regards to available every day wear sports watches, whenever you’ve attempted a couple dozen dishes, you probably need the one that is just right.
The Seiko SLA017 from 2017.
When Seiko reported a group of four of new vintage-motivated Prospex models into the SPB range, I’ll concede that my expectations were extremely high. As a component of the brand’s 55th commemoration, these new models were inexactly roused by the brand’s first plunge watch, the 62MAS. I say “freely” in light of the fact that Seiko made a substantially more immediate reissue of the 62MAS in 2017’s SLA017 (appeared previously). Extensively more affordable than the restricted release SLA017, the new SPB14X models utilized the 62MAS motivation to offer a direct games plunge watch with a skin-jumper outline and the expectations of a toolish yet simple wearing presence with a scramble of vintage effect.
The Seiko SPB
Slotted above more section level admission from Seiko 5s, the SKXs, the SRPs (counting varietals of As, Bs, Cs, and Ds), and even SUN line, the SPB family isn’t restricted to plunge watches, yet offers an upper level of the Prospex setup that sits beneath that of the exceptional SLA item. Some of you are befuddled, however I guarantee that the reference numbers don’t actually matter (more on that in a second), the fact is only that the SPB line exists as such a midpoint between Seiko’s greatly cherished passage level items and their significantly more costly best in class models. While considering SPB plunge watches, the models ordinarily have better completing and subtleties and come with a redesigned development and (by and large) the alternative of an updated bracelet.
The Seiko Prospex SPB079
Historically, this line sits somewhere in the range of $800 and $1,200 and draws stylish motivation from other notable Seiko models (both old and new). Past famous models incorporate the new “Sumo” models (like the SPB101/103) and the SPB077/079 (above) which were presented close by the beforehand referenced SLA017 in 2017.
For a brand that is frequently applauded for its sub-$500 contributions, the SPB line (among others) has had the difficult undertaking of attempting to legitimize a more costly contribution while not straightforwardly competing with Seiko’s top-spec models (not to mention those from Grand Seiko). For 2020, and with the new SPB14X models, I think they at last have a solid case.
The SPB143 (AKA The SBDC101)
The key to that case is estimating and the endeavor to take the Seiko jump watch appeal to a more elevated level while keeping up however much incentive as could be expected. Dissimilar to past ongoing SPB contributions that regularly highlighted cases estimated in overabundance of 44mm, this new line gauges simply 40.5mm wide, 13.7mm thick, and 46.5mm drag to-lug.
As portrayed in my unique post , the most essential and straightforward of the four is the one highlighted in this survey, the SPB143 with a dark dial and a wristband. Those needing a touch more assortment can decide on the SPB145 (earthy colored/green dial), the SPB147 (earthy colored dial with overlaid highlights), or the SPB149, which is a restricted release of 5,500 units and has a brilliant blue dial with gold accents for the seconds hand and a touch of the dial text. Given my own abhorrence for overlaid, or undoubtedly earthy colored accents on most watches, it was a simple decision for me to go with the standard SPB143 for this audit. While there isn’t a washout in the parcel, I have a profound affection for Seiko at its most simple.
On that idea, given that we have four references from dispatch, does the SPB14X need a moniker? Because of the year, the vintage plan, and the association with the 62MAS, I was figuring we could simply consider every one of the four the “20MAS.” Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Back to the show.
Take that amazing measuring and add to it bored drags, a sapphire precious stone, an enormous watchman less crown, a strong caseback, and a case treated to Seiko’s Dia-Shield solidifying, and you have a decent and attractive plan that wears well on any tie I attempted while offering solid readability, similarly solid lume, and actually no shortcoming on wrist.
Fit and finish are likewise extraordinary, and better than what I’ve come to anticipate from more affordable Seiko contributions. The bezel is superb. Smooth, simple to utilize and, while there is a trace of squirm because of its 120-click plan, it has no slop and figures out how to feel exceptionally mechanical gratitude to a solid fit with the case and a fantastic grasp. Being Seiko, and realizing that in any event a couple of you will ask, the bezel adjusts to the moment markings – however not consummately. A significant number of you who have been down the Seiko way realize that their bezels don’t frequently consummately line up with the part rings or the dial markings.
While on my model, I’d say the bezel embed is off by maybe a fourth of snap, the delta between the markers and the dial (there is no part ring on the SPB143) is significantly less perceptible face to face because of the impressive profundity between the inward bezel edge and the dial. For photographs, this impact is turned around as the profundity is fairly compressed by the point of view. So while on wrist, I discovered the misalignment to be everything except undetectable, twilight of chipping away at the photographs in this post, the slight balance combined with that profundity implies it’s extremely difficult to show the genuine change in the alignment.
All told, this is my solitary complaint with the watch, and it could be something I can change later on, and for me, it is anything but a major issue. All things considered, I do feel that Seiko needs to figure this out and that a watch which nails such countless different subtleties ought to likewise nail this, too.
Perhaps all the more curiously, the bezel utilizes a dark hued and Dia-Shield-covered treated steel embed. While numerous different brands, and even Seiko, frequently choose economical aluminum or fairly more expensive earthenware embeds, the SPB sports steel. I’ve seen reports citing different materials, yet have twofold (triple, even) checked with Seiko U.S. also, Seiko Japan, with both affirming the bezel embed is pure steel.
I’ve worn dig without a brain for maltreatment over the previous month or thereabouts, and the bezel presently can’t seem to show any wear. All things considered, it’s treated steel, and even with a surface solidifying like Dia-Shield, it will scratch. For my preferences, while I will abhor the initial not many scratches, when the bezel is very much damaged, I figure it will look stunning, and I trust the dark shading will help in adequate differentiation following a couple of long stretches of use.
Beyond its material, the execution of the supplement coordinates that of the bezel activity, with a flawless text style and completely engraved scale. There is a lume pip at zero as you’d expect, and you can see a roundabout brushed completion inside the dark shading. Moreover, I additionally truly love that Seiko decided to separate the SPB14X models from other 62MAS re-issues by settling on a thicker bezel. At the point when coordinated with the skin-jumper case shape and the gatekeeper less crown, I think it looks fantastic and adds presence without adding weight or hazardous proportion.
Inside that ’60s-esque case, we locate the most recent emphasis of Seiko’s 6R35, which addresses the top model in the 6R territory and has likewise been utilized in a wide scope of Prospex, Alpinist, and Presage models. This most recent model offers a solid 70-hour power hold and a pace of 3 Hz, and the 6R35 has hacking, hand-winding, magnetic protection from 4800 A/m, and a date show at three. It’s a toolish jump watch – all it requires is a dependable and fairly precise programmed development, and the 6R35 lands the position done.
Another side note for the individuals who tune in to my digital recording, The Gray NATO. I had referenced that my SPB143 was experiencing difficulty with what amount of time it required to completely adjust the date wheel, here and there residual somewhat helter-skelter into the evening. Things being what they are, a smidgen of rotational tension on the crown while in the brisk date setting was sufficient to appropriately adjust the showcase and the issue has not returned.
Perhaps more so than some other single component, the dial truly isolates this model from some other Seiko jumper I’ve claimed previously. The sunburst finish gleams between light dark and dark as the applied markers offset that impact with white metal encompasses. The date is basic however compelling and surely looks fitting for the general plan. At long last, the hands are fantastic, particularly compared to a portion of the more striking plans seen on past SPB jumpers. In daylight, the dial is a brilliant shade of dark, and the somewhat domed gem shines along its border. It seems like a legitimate instrument Seiko, yet at a more refined level. In low light, the lume represents itself.
While I am not by and large an arm band fellow, I realize that a great many people purchasing a more costly Seiko will thusly anticipate a more strong wristband, and there is a $200 premium for a SBP143 or SPB145 over the elastic just SPB147. Considering that, I think Seiko has conveyed an absolutely worthy wristband. It’s a strong steel wristband with tough pin-and-collar estimating, strong end interfaces, a steel fasten with miniature change, and even a minuscule collapsing wetsuit expansion (much the same as on my SKX779!).
The SPB143’s case and carry shape are not actually ideal for a wristband, but rather Seiko has picked a straightforward and rough strong end interface and a connection shape that tightens towards the catch. The outcome isn’t extravagant, yet it wears well and feels strong without overwhelming the watch.
For my $200, in the event that I might have had an elastic lash on the SPB143, that is the thing that I would have purchased. I wouldn’t fret having the wristband, yet I probably will not wear it. Particularly as the 143 is absolutely a tie monster.
On The Wrist
I ventured to incorporate an additional small bunch of wrist shots for this survey as I might suspect the SPB143’s tie adaptability is something that makes it significantly more unique to me and that it may likewise make a difference to you. While I may have put my figurative banner in a slope of dark NATOs, I love having the option to change ties spontaneously – what else am I expected to do on Zoom calls, pay attention?
From elastic to cowhide, NATO or sharkmesh, I was unable to discover a tie that didn’t look incredible on the SBP143. This is because of a blend of the case shape (which is a long way from remarkable to Seiko), the apparent dark dial, and the short bored lugs.
Strap changes are simple, dim goes with everything, and there is an unceasing thing about that H-formed skin-jumper style case. Some case shapes are made for arm bands (like Rolex), and some dissolve into your lash of decision. I have an old ’60s Silvana skin-jumper and, while it’s just 36mm wide, it does likewise deceive as the SPB143. The outcome is the adaptability to twist what is a fairly serene and straightforward watch toward whatever path you’re feeling for the afternoon. What’s more, should you fail to understand the situation, the bored carries make it simple to change your mind.
Once you’ve picked your favored lash, the SPB143 is flawless on wrist. It’s not very large nor excessively little, and it looks somewhat stout while always failing to feel overweight. It is both comfortable and toolish simultaneously, and from my work area at home to some light swimming in a Toronto-region lake, it benefits what in any way Seiko does. Which is – whatever you want.
Like I said in the included video, I think this is the Seiko for ladies and gentlemen that have been down a hare opening or two. You’ve had a hold of Seikos and their competition, and you’re prepared to pay a smidgen more for the correct one. Honestly, that might be a greater amount of what this watch is to me, however take a gander at it along these lines: Is this a Seiko I would recommend to somebody simply getting into watches or jump watches? No, feasible not, as I might suspect it’s significant for lovers to work up to different value focuses, particularly with an enormous and shifted brand like Seiko. All things considered, subsequent to having two or three dozen Seikos and a lot of the brand’s competition – is this my number one Seiko of any I’ve possessed or assessed? Yes.
Like practically some other watch, Seiko, while absolutely darling, doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Furthermore, in proceeding to offer watches that break into the four-digit value point, they free themselves up to more competition than you may discover in the sub $500 space. Taking a gander at ~40mm programmed jumpers that are well under $2,000, here are a modest bunch of alternatives that ought to be on your radar before you burn through $1,000-$1,500 on the SPB14X of your choosing. That said, I was unable to incorporate everything, so let me know in the comments with respect to how you may cross-shop the SPB14X.
Mido Ocean Star Tribute
While I haven’t yet had the chance to see this jumper face to face, it positively looks extraordinary on paper. For ~$1,080 bucks, you get a 40.5mm x 13.4mm steel case, 200m water obstruction, a sapphire gem, and Mido’s variant of ETA’s C07.621 programmed development with 80 hours of force hold and a day-date show. It’s an attractive, well-spec’d plunge watch that doesn’t exaggerate the “recognition” angle. While I don’t have the foggiest idea about the drag to-carry estimation, and I incline toward the vibes of the Seiko (and don’t have any ties to fit the 21mm haul width), this is truly strong competition. Pleasantly done, Mido.
CHF 990, mido-watches.com
Doxa SUB 200
A bit thicker, more extensive, and more than the SPB14X, the SUB 200 additionally keeps the evaluating just in the sub-$1,000 territory. At $990, you get an ETA 2824 and the decision of six tones, a significant number of which are substantially more energizing than those offered by the Seiko (at any rate until more forms come accessible, yellow gold anybody?). As far as I might be concerned, the SPB143’s size, more brilliant lume, and general shape outperform the shading choices of the Doxa – however this remaining parts an extraordinary decision on the off chance that you have $1,000 and a requirement for some additional tone in your life.
Zodiac Super Sea Wolf
Similar from numerous points of view to the Doxa, if the aloof idea of the SPB143 isn’t for you, the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf begins around $1,100 and offers a wide assortment of tones and spec. Taking a gander at the vintage-propelled Z09201, we locate a 39.5mm case that is 13mm thick with a particular dial plan and timekeeping given by a STP 1-11 programmed development. On the off chance that you need an extra-hit of vintage styling, this (or actually any) Sea Wolf should possess all the necessary qualities. Compared to the Seiko, I’m a sucker for the SPB14X’s case shape and dark bezel, however I give additional focuses to the Zodiac for its celebration style bracelet.
Sinn 104 St Sa
Thankfully, while the beginning stage of the stunning U50 puts it at the better piece of twofold the cost of the Seiko, Sinn offers their model 104 out of a few forms beginning around $1,300. While not a customary jump watch design (commencement bezel versus passed time), the 104 is 41mm wide, 11.5mm thick, 46.5mm drag to-haul, and has 200 meters of water opposition and a Swiss programmed development. In the event that you need something at a comparative cost and size, the 104 won’t allow you to down, and they much offer it in an extremely attractive white-dial rendition and with a few tie and wristband options.
Representing a tremendous takeoff regarding style, the 41mm Hydroconquest actually fits the previously mentioned channel given its cost and 41mm estimating. No data is given regarding thickness nor haul to-drag, yet it’s a particular 300-meter water-safe jumper from a notable brand, and it comes on a wristband, is fueled by a Swiss programmed development, and can be had in a blue or a dark dial. For this situation, it’s simply a question of which I feel searches better for my wrist, and that would be the Seiko.
Seiko Prospex SPB151/153 – otherwise known as. “The Captain Willard” $1,300/$1,100
You needed to have seen this coming – and I’m certain in any several you hit the comments to make reference to the new Willard some time before perusing this far. Without a doubt, the SPB14X was not by any means the only warmth to be added to the SPB range this year, as Seiko likewise dispatched a re-issue of their vintage 6105 jumper in the SPB151 and SPB153. Beginning at $1,100 for the green-dial form on an elastic lash, the 151/153 are 42.7mm wide, somewhat over 15mm thick, and 46mm drag to-haul. While unquestionably bigger, the 151’s case shape ought to deal with the additional steel, and these SPB kin rock similar development and similar 200 meters of water opposition (and bored hauls!). While I love the vibe of the 151 and the 153, the 143’s size is simply too acceptable on my wrist (and very uncommon to Seiko). I know there’s a battle blending here, and you’ll see me in group 20MAS, regardless of whether that implies I’ll have to flee from Cole.
If the Goldilocks similarity felt fairly excessively unconventional, permit me another endeavor. Think about your home tool stash (or apparatus zone, in case you’re fortunate). It’s loaded with numerous extraordinary instruments, isn’t that so? From those thick orange pencils to an estimating tape, a mallet, and perhaps a drill, or something truly fun like a Sawzall. The thing is, multiple times out of 10, when I go to my tool kit, I’m simply snatching a straightforward screwdriver, or a little level, or a light arrangement of wire-cutters. In the instrument soul of the jump watch, at times we need or need the genuine heavy hammer of a Darth Tuna, however by and large, I simply need to ensure the lights turn on and that I don’t balance a casing in an annoyingly awry manner.
Likewise, the SPB143 is that regular apparatus that doesn’t let any of its plan push it out of contention for my wrist. It’s light, flexible, able, and as a rule, a sizable amount of watch for anything I get up to. Is it somewhat flat? Definitely, perhaps a piece. Yet, I additionally believe it’s exquisite such that a SKX007 or SRP777 can’t compare. To my eyes, this is refined energetic Seiko – a regular device that doesn’t cost a fortune yet figures out how to check the entirety of the boxes.
If they had made this watch back when I took conveyance of my SKX779, I would have dismissed the cost and added it to my list of things to get as I lounged in the greenish gleam of my $200 Monster. Presently, well longer than 10 years after the fact, I have become a specialist in what I require and anticipate from a watch. Inside that restricted however thoroughly educated position, the SPB143 feels great, the additional expense lines up with my assumptions, and for my wrist, I figure it’s the best watch in the whole lineup. It is a device just right.