Hands-On: The Blue Lagoon 'Samurai' And 'Turtle,' Two New Limited Edition Seiko Prospex Divers (References SRPB09 And SRPB11)
The Seiko Prospex (representing Professional Specifications) are infamous for being the absolute best apparatus watches around, with the assortment including two dozen genuine divers safe from 200m to 1,000m profound . Among those are the Turtle worn and cherished by Jack , a staple for Seiko since the dispatch of the reference 6309 40 years prior, and the brief Samurai which was just created from 2004 to 2008.
The SRPB11 follows a lot of the plan of the standard Turtle.
The uplifting news here is that both are back with another blue arrangement, called “Blue Lagoon,” and to be sure they bear striking likenesses to the neon Curacao-loaded mixed drink of a similar name. Each is offered in a restricted release of 6,000 pieces worldwide and each is valued under $600. Not an awful method to start.
Comparing the old Samurai to the upgraded one uncovers the critical facelift that occurred, more in accordance with different models of the Prospex line.
Before pushing ahead with these new watches essentially, how about we investigate their Japanese epithets, both got basically from the watches’ style. In fact, the Turtle owes its name to its unmistakable pad formed case while the handset of the first Samurai reminded numerous Seikoholics (indeed, it is a term gladly accepted by numerous Seiko-fans, for better or for more regrettable) of the sword of a Samurai. The Turtle is effectively unmistakable from its crown position at four o’clock, while the rakish lines of the Samurai were not normal for those of some other Seiko diver.
The “Turtle” is known for its pad molded case, conspicuous right away.
The crown on a Turtle is constantly positioned at four o’clock, another unmistakable feature.
It would be difficult to shroud our adoration for the first references, since Jack and I separately own a Turtle and a Samurai. Unintentionally, my Samurai (the reference SBDA003) is really the previous blue contribution, so it will make for an intriguing comparison with the most recent release. Note that this blue watch just accompanied a titanium case at that point, while dark, white, and orange dials were accessible in the treated steel case, the material picked for both Blue Lagoon restricted versions. The case measurements of each are generally comparable, sharing a 13mm thickness and a 44mm distance across – at a 43.8mm breadth for the Samurai and 44.3mm for the Turtle, in case we’re in effect truly explicit. Both wear a lot more modest however, so don’t move frightened off. These are unmistakably not little watches, yet they were never proposed to be as they were intended to be tied around a jumping suit. It should hence be recalled that a greater size of the dial and bezel permits a superior generally perceivability, the critical rules for any watch meant to be utilized underwater.
The Samurai gets its name from its hand-set, which helped some to remember a sword.
The rakish case is the thing that makes the Samurai unique in relation to other Seiko divers.
While clearly unmistakable in look, the Samurai and Turtle share one key trademark: they are both straightforward watches with regarded divers’ capacities. The Samurai reference SPRB09 and the Turtle reference SPRB11 are destined to be water-safe up to 200m; both offer the screw-down crown and unidirectional bezel that you would expect in genuine jumping watches; they are controlled by the programmed 4R type, 4R35 for the Samurai and 4R36 for the Turtle (since it shows a day and date instead of the sole date of the 4R35).
Introduced in 2011 in substitution of the 7s family that you could discover in the first Samurai, the 4R3X family accompanied a perceptible overhaul since it hacked and considered manual winding. Those developments actually offer a moderately short 41-hour power save clarified by the conservative heart picked, however this is something I could without much of a stretch live with. The exactness isn’t ensured to follow chronometer accuracy, yet, as Jack has noted in a prior audit , it is vastly improved and more predictable, all things considered; Jack even discussed a marine chronometer to depict the truly steady rate he experienced more than a little while of utilization. Note that there is one thing to always remember when you manage any Seiko jumper: the LumiBrite is completely incredible, presumably a standout amongst other lume choices around, so you can expect these Blue Lagoon watches to sparkle extremely brilliant in the dark.
The new handset of the Samurai was likewise coordinated with bigger indexes
A persuading lume shot of the Turtle.
The new Samurai in the dark.
This brisk run go through of their specialized specs permits one to comprehend the sheer fame of the Seiko divers without any problem. They will not at any point substitute current plunging computers for genuine divers (no customary watch at any point could) yet they might just be the absolute best back-up arrangement on the other wrist, close to bringing the sentimentality of Jacques Cousteau’s time when your watch was your unparalleled instrument. The evaluating likewise matters a ton, as you can anticipate something reasonable of scratches and dings from any plunge, so a $500-ish spend consistently feels more pertinent in this climate than does going overboard on a more lavish timepiece.
The Turtle can be worn on its arm band, or on the elastic lash additionally provided.
In individual, the Blue Lagoon shades of each watch are more curbed than I was anticipating from the photos, particularly on the bezel, and they change pleasantly relying upon the lighting conditions. The blue shade of the dial anyway is more obscure than the one as of late presented a year ago for the organization between Seiko and the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) for another exceptional release Turtle, with comparable case, dial, and handset. The Samurai, then again, gives a few contrasts the previous emphasis, beginning with the presence of crown watches, which used to just be accessible on the titanium models. It is an improvement as it pleasantly balances the case, however I miss the first handset, supplanted here by one taken straightforwardly from existing references in the current Prospex family, while I feel the Marinemaster would have improved a donor.
On the wrist, the Samurai wears less than the “Turtle” given its straighter case shape.
There stays one central issue: which one would I pick subsequent to seeing both in the tissue? It is extremely fitting that most discussion strings regarding the matter don’t zero in on likely options in contrast to either (other than the Seiko “Padi” ) but instead contemplate on which one to pick over the other. All things considered, as an upbeat proprietor of the first blue Samurai I would likely go to the Turtle for the good of diversity, despite the fact that I am exceptionally eager to see the ceased Samurai line come back to life, perhaps with more deliveries coming at Baselworld. We’ll need to pause and see.
My top pick of the two, as it comes with the quirks we love in the Turtle, and a perky tone.
The Samurai reference SRPB09 will be evaluated at $550, while the Turtle reference SRPB11 will retail for $575 (it comes with an extra elastic band, while the Samurai is just offered with its treated steel wristband). Pre-orders are open now, with watches starting to convey in February. Each is a restricted release of 6,000 pieces.
More data ought to before long be accessible from Seiko on the web .