When it comes to iconic Seiko watches, a lot of people would think of the Seiko Astron, the first-ever quartz watch. While there are no right answers, the ‘iconic Seiko’ in my mind would be the Seiko Alpinist sarb017.
Not because it is cheap, I mean, to be honest, it is pretty cheap in terms of the value it brings but I am referring to its immaculate aesthetics. Let’s take a quick look at the Watch I.D. first!
Model: Seiko Alpinist
Diameter: 39.5 mm
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Retail Price: ~$560
A Gentleman’s Take
Recently, I have been leaning towards not wearing a watch when wearing a tux because sometimes the watch takes away the spotlight. However, in this case, I can assure you that this Alpinist dress watch will not do such things. The perfect size for a dress watch, around 40mm, with the choice of bracelet or leather strap, it’s interchangeable, no worries.
This particular Seiko reminds me of a NOMOS watch. Of course, you may think I am out of my mind for comparing these two brands in such a way. Just hear me out.
One thing I really like about NOMOS Glashütte is their choice of colour for every watch they have made, they are not afraid to try new things. Perhaps one of the most common combinations from them is the orange on midnight blue.
The Seiko Alpinist sarb017 has a delightful but not too jazzy, casino table green dial with golden markings, already a really eye-catching contrast. I don’t see a lot of watches having such bold colour juxtaposition.
Another thing that I find similar between the Seiko Alpinist and a NOMOS watch is the simplicity. Simple doesn’t necessarily mean minimalistic. The compass markings on the edge of the dial could have been so much more complex but no, Seiko went the other way. Also, the smoothness of the bezel creates just enough space for your eyes to breathe. As I said before, the Seiko Alpinist will not be louder than your suit, it will only complement it.
So, is this a total steal? Yes! A watch like this usually cost around $800 or more. A used Oris Big Crown Pointer Date green dial cost around $1800. Is this convincing enough?
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