Hands-On The Seiko SRPE27 ‘Monster’ PADI Special Edition
This summer, Seiko delivered the SRPE27 “Beast” PADI Special Edition, a plunge watch as a team with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors . There have been endless Seiko jumpers “twofold stepped” with the plunging affiliation’s logo throughout the long term, however this denotes the first run through an appropriate “Beast” has held that distinction.
For starters, Seiko doesn’t name its watches – Seiko authorities do. Throughout the long term, fans have authored such monikers as the “Fish,” the “Samurai,” the “Sumo,” the “Turtle,” and obviously, the “Beast.” truly, Seiko (and Grand Seiko besides) names its watches by reference number alone. Certain epithets have adhered to where you can’t take a gander at a watch without the name quickly coming into view. Such is the situation for the Seiko Monster, a name concocted by gatherers for the model’s special case shape and notched edges, taking after teeth.
Over the years, the Seiko Monster has gathered something of a faction like status – the independent musical gang of the Seiko assortment that solitary your more seasoned sibling thinks about. Delivered in 2000, the first Monster SKX779 was the world’s first gander at Seiko’s affinity for polarizing plan in the new thousand years. The stout bezel, the forcefully styled markers, and the day/date complication would become signs of the watch (despite the fact that there was a short period when the watch included a date-just complication). The first Monster’s plan underscored Seiko’s capacity to create proficient evaluation timekeeping instruments, while as yet having a good time en route. It was a watch that faced challenges, and numerous Seiko fans took to it for that very reason.
In complete, the Monster has now experienced four ages of plan, with changes to a great extent to the markers, the date window, the case, and the arm band. In 2019, the new Monster SRPD27 was delivered, and it addressed something of a move for the Monster line. Its dark bezel and markers with slight fake patina introduced a watch that was more moderate and, accordingly, more develop. Delivered in both a blue (SRPD25) and dark dial variation, this wasn’t really the Monster that fans were familiar with, but instead one with somewhat more day by day wear versatility.
The new Seiko Monster PADI Special Edition jumper is basically another colorway of the current age Monster, yet with PADI branding, featuring the plunging affiliation’s red and blue mark tones. Additionally, this extraordinary edition includes a blued steel bezel instead of the standard bi-shading Pepsi bezel arrangement seen on other comparative Seiko/PADI SE’s. Generally speaking, this is an interesting offer for an expert jump watch, with some additional style that isolates it generously from its customary creation Monster SRPD27/29 counterparts.
Aesthetically, this watch is shockingly quelled notwithstanding its utilization of shading. The blue for the bezel is something of a dull, cold water shading which is quieted in low light and builds up a sunburst impact in direct daylight. The bezel’s downplayed impact is supported by the way that it is done with an outspread brushing design. The entirety of the markings and numbers are recessed into the bezel and loaded up with white paint. This gives a decent profundity and dimensionality very close. The lume pip at 12 o’clock is encircled by a red triangle that coordinates the moment and seconds hand on the dial. The actual numerals are shown in a striking typeface which figures out how to radiate both current and retro plan signals. All said, the styling of the bezel fits with the watch’s general plan code – something I’ll mark as “forcefully moderate.” But what might be said about the snaps? Indeed, the activity of the bezel is very fulfilling, in spite of the fact that for my taste, it very well may be a piece tighter.
The dial itself is matte-finished yet additionally creates a sunburst sheen in direct lighting. The section ring sits at a point flush to the dial surface similar as numerous Seiko jumpers, and the markers are recessed into the part ring to lay level on the dial. The actual markers are white; nonetheless, they emit the slightest trace of blue from the thick utilization of Seiko’s exclusive glowing compound, LumiBrite. You could pull off calling this watch “triple stepped,” on the off chance that you were so disposed. Underneath the Seiko logo is the symbol for Prospex. The “Beast” turned out to be essential for the Prospex line some place mid-cycle in the subsequent age. On ordinary creation models, the Prospex logo is situated over the word Automatic, however here, it is moved to clear a path for the PADI wordmark.
The dial is totally readable. The general introduction of the dial format is forceful, similarly as a Monster ought to be. Everything is sharp and exact, from the thick rectangular hour markers to the long, slight, minute markers on the inclined section ring. The expansive bolt of great importance hand is – well – wide. The moment and seconds hand, completed in red paint, are correspondingly powerful and fill their planned need well.
On the subject of the moment and seconds hands, it bears returning again to the lume pip, and the whole bezel on the loose. This is an expert evaluation jump watch exhibiting the name of an expert plunging association. The watch is 200m water safe and is ISO appraised. The entirety of this is to say that the watch is reason worked to be taken submerged – deep submerged. Accordingly, there are sure highlights which are explicitly intended for that very reason. With regards to plunge watches, there are basically three things that really matter: the jump time bezel, the moment hand, and the seconds hand. This watch has featured each, molding the fundamental pieces of the watch in red. The red moment hand, seconds hand, and lume pip take into consideration simple acknowledgment of the circumstance capacities explicit to plunging. From a surface level viewpoint, the flies of red simply make the general look of the watch that much cooler.
The generally case configuration is current, mechanical, and somewhat left-of-focus. When taking a gander at the case head-on, it can seem like its missing two huge pieces between one o’clock and three o’clock, and afterward again between eight o’clock and 11 o’clock. This is a plan distinguishing mark for the Monster from various perspectives, and it is the place where the entire teeth theme determines from. Prior cycles of the watch had a brushed steel bezel, which concealed this case highlight to some degree, yet with the blue shade of the bezel, it has now been complemented extensively. I need to say – I like it. It gives the watch a much more reason driven, toolish look. It’s what could be compared to substance over style, yet for this situation, the watch stays pretty a la mode. The “missing lumps” make controlling the bezel far simpler, which would seem like the sort of highlight an expert plunging affiliation would welcome on a watch bearing its name. As a special reward, the cases include bored haul openings, which are consistently a welcome addition.
Let’s next discussion about the magnifier date window. This is without a doubt a state of horror for some Seiko devotees, and general magnifier naysayers the same. In principle, the most down to earth capacities are the awesome. For this situation, a magnifier over the date makes it simpler to see the date. So what’s the issue? Indeed, it is two-overlap. In the first place, there are numerous who locate that the amplification separates the balance and generally speaking plan of the dial. Second, there is a stamped distinction between a magnifier date and a magnifier day/date. I’m in the camp of having no apprehensions with regards to the magnifier date window and am something of an unsure elector with regards to the day/date. As I said, all things being equal, the magnifier day/date window makes the watch ever the more decipherable. It is, be that as it may, all around bit off-kilter seeing a since quite a while ago amplified square shape taking up such a lot of land on the Hardlex gem surface. This issue isn’t extraordinary to the Monster. Indeed, Seiko has actualized the magnifier day/date on a few of its fresher models.
Having encountered a decent arrangement of Seiko wristbands firsthand, I truly came to like this one. By and large, you see the typical Jubilee, Oyster, or “President”- style arm bands from the brand (or from outsider makers). With the Monster, we have something of an independent arm band style, with its own peculiar subtleties, which coordinate the awry look and feel of the case. The arm band projects at the drags, and it has adjusted, cleaned focus joins. There is a slight shape as the arm band advances down to the Seiko-stepped fasten. The drag width is 20mm, however the arm band joins broaden after the end-connections to make more noteworthy consistency with the width of the case. On the off chance that you realize Seiko catches, you know this fasten. It certainly fills its need however, past that, there isn’t substantially more to say really.
Dimensionally, the watch is 42.4mm in width, which is enormous in numerous regards, yet like most Seiko jumpers, this doesn’t recount the entire story. I didn’t encounter any discomfort with this watch on wrist, despite the fact that I have perused complaints that the design of the connections could prompt a touch of squeezing. Everything I can say is that my experience was without squeeze. As a proprietor of a SKX007, I discovered the attack of this watch to be fundamentally the same as overall.
Now, the last time I went involved with a specific “bigger” red and blue jump watch , I tragically echoed the old “for a huge watch, it really wears more modest on wrist” maxim. Accordingly, somebody noticed that, as far as they might be aware, I may be 6’4 250 pounds, leaving no real way to contextualize my assessment of the estimating. Without parting with my actual measurements, I will say that I am of very normal size, construct, and wrist. With that, I wish to say here, once more, that for a watch as much as 42mm, it wears far more modest on the wrist than you would anticipate. I really envision it would wear significantly more modest on a NATO or elastic tie considering the jutting idea of the arm band’s end joins. However, how about we move along.
The caseback highlights the Seiko wave theme etching with the Special Edition composing held for all PADI SE’s. Notice that the watch is a unique and not a restricted edition. This viably implies that while there won’t be a set number of watches created, there will probably be a more modest amount of creation overall.
It is in lowlight environs where this watch truly sticks out. Seiko’s standing for brilliant lume absolutely goes before it, no uncertainty, however this one truly found me napping regardless of that reality. The hour markers and seconds bolt all sparkle in a brilliant blue tone, while the lume pip and moment hand sparkle in a green tone. This is definitely with an end goal to additional guide the wearer in planning a jump, however it is likewise another little detail which makes the watch sparkle – joke completely intended.
I can truly consider this to be as something of an out of control day by day wearer. I think the avoidance of a bi-shading bezel nearly supports the thought from numerous points of view. The Monster is a Seiko unique plan, with bends, slopes, edges, and teeth which are Seiko staples completely. This watch remains on its own benefits with or without the PADI logo, however it additionally sits it its own class against other PADI Seikos of the past.
The Seiko “Monster” SRPE27 PADI Special Edition is an advanced apparatus watch in a cutting edge age with an unmistakable plan which is simply fun. Regardless of whether you are a previous Monster lover, this PADI Special Edition has a tad for everyone.
The Seiko SRPE27 PADI Special Edition is a 200-meter water safe jump watch. The SRPE27 is 42.4mm in distance across, 13mm in thickness with a carry width of 48mm. Screw-down crown and caseback. Steel wristband with collapsing fasten. Seiko type 4R36 with a recurrence of 3 Hz, 24 gems, and a force save of 41 hours. Manual and programmed winding abilities. Dark shaded dial with applied markers and LumiBrite on all fours. Cost: $525. For additional, visit Seiko .
Photos, Kasia Milton