Hands-On: The New Seiko Prospex 200m Divers, SRP775 And SRP777, Two Dive Watches Made Like Quartz Never Happened

Before beginning on the watches, somewhat about Seiko classification. The vintage Seiko jumpers that the new Prospex models most look like are the pad cased 6306/9, 150-meter-water-safe watches produced using (generally) the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s. These weren’t amazingly pressure safe, as opposed to proficient/commercial jumper arranged watches like the 600m Pro Diver from 1975 (which was likewise the principal commercially accessible watch with a titanium case) yet they were very sturdy and dependable or more all, moderate, offering colossal execution comparative with cost. These pad cased watches have as of late come to be classified “Turtles,” which is a moniker that irritates the hell out of a specific veteran Seiko gatherer/epicurean unexpected, as it’s a generally late money. Nonetheless, the name appears to have stuck, and regardless a great deal of people are calling these new watches – SRP775/7 – “Turtle” reissues. (Terminology aside, vintage Seiko plunge watches are amusing to gather and right up ’til today, moderately reasonable, with the proviso that applies to all vintage instrument watches: as a rule they were treated as apparatuses, and they look it.)

Despite the closeness in name, these are really two somewhat various watches. SRP775 has overlaid bezel markers, and plated encompasses for the lume plots; SRP777 has cleaned steel hands and lume plot encompasses. Other than that they are indistinguishable. The two watches have 44.3 mm x 14 mm pad cases, with screw-down crowns and case backs; both utilize the Seiko self-winding type 4R36, and both are water impervious to 200 meters, and are completely ISO 6425 compliant (that is the global norm, for all ISO part nations, that characterizes what can and can’t be known as a jumper’s watch).

There has consistently been a sure intentional effortlessness about Seiko’s low-to-mid-level jump watches. They’re truly apparatus watches in the most accurate sense I can consider. Not many individuals who purchase a sledge mull over how flawlessly it is cleaned, or whether the shading plan is a decent one or a revolting one, or whether others who see you utilizing that mallet will be dazzled with the amount it cost you to get it, or use it as a guide in envisioning the spectacular, energizing existence of being an expert sledge er. What individuals need when they purchase a sledge is a decent mallet. Plunge watches are however famous as they seem to be since, supposing that you need an apparatus watch, you need a watch that does the work of telling the time, anyplace, anywhen, without any interruptions or adorable gibberish about feel, and a very much planned instrument watch does precisely that. (You can fetishize realism as much as whatever else obviously, however that is another article.)

For numerous years, the best sledge on the planet in the plunge watch universe was presumably the Seiko SKX007 and variations. Above, we’ve put the SKX007 next to each other with the new SRP775. Beside the plated numbers and files, and obviously, the case shape, there is anything but an extraordinary arrangement to separate them, and yet, there’s no uncertainty that the worth contribution here is slightly unique. Practically, the greatest contrast is that you can really hand-wind SRP775/7 on the off chance that you need to, which blocks the need of swinging the watch to end up the fountainhead when you first get it (a mark quality of SKX007 and of Seiko 5 looks also). It’s something little that may have a major effect, contingent upon what your identity is – I’ve seen I’m considerably more prone to wear a watch I can really hand-twist, regardless of whether it’s a programmed, in light of the fact that I get going with a superior feeling of how much gas is in the tank.

While SKX007 offers the counter tasteful appeal of complete utilitarian straightforwardness, SRP775/7 get you going with a strong shot of unadulterated realism, and afterward let you find little dashes of refinement you may have missed from the outset glance.

One thing positively nobody is truly going to blame Seiko on is its lume; the SKX007, the Black and Orange Monsters, and undoubtedly pretty much every Seiko that has any lume on its dial anyplace whatsoever, appear to be unnaturally glowing. Indeed, even in sunshine they can be distractingly brilliant. I’ve here and there strolled into a lift out of a bright evening, and, in the event that I turned out to be wearing a lume-bearing Seiko, it was lit up like a light. These two new jumpers are the same; the lume is applied thick as the what tops off an already good thing purchased grade school birthday cake, and sparkles like Homer Simpson’s thyroid.

One of the spots you see some additional quality in the SRP775 specifically is in the arm band, which is observably more pleasant completed than has heretofore been the situation in Seiko’s entrance level plunge watches. The collapsing catch is a basic, durable undertaking, however the degree of cleaning is higher and you get strong end-joins, which is an extremely pleasant touch in a sub-$500 jumper’s watch. The carries are punctured, making it simpler to trade out a tie for a wristband and the other way around. Appropriately estimated, even with a wristband, these are truly comfortable watches to wear, because of the nearby attack of the case to the wrist, and in spite of the 44.4 mm x 14 mm dimensions.

These are simple watches to wear, and they’re simple watches to claim. But on the other hand they’re not difficult to cherish. Probably the best thing about Seiko’s entrance level plunge looks (just as the Seiko 5s) is that they appear to come from an imaginary world where the Quartz Crisis won’t ever occur. Quartz doesn’t appear to have had the horrible impact on watchmaking from Seiko specifically, and Japan all in all, that it did on European watchmaking; the greatest impact that it appears to have had on Seiko, other than making it a worldwide brand, was to urge them to at last find time to offer Grand Seiko outside the Japan homegrown market (and obviously, to keep on pushing top notch quartz throughout the long term, with the 9F arrangement quartz movements).

When I say, “as though quartz never occurred,” I’m not simply alluding to quality; I’m alluding to cost and approach also. This is absolutely practical watchmaking; the developments are mechanical evaluation workhorses, not smaller than normal masterpieces commending distinctive abilities. They are clearly intended to get destroyed, and they are likewise clearly intended to either last fundamentally inconclusively, or be easy to supplant, contingent upon how hard you are on them. I’ve seen Seiko jump watches on the wrists of metropolitan very good quality horology devotees whose different watches are Journes and Pateks; world voyaging jumpers/mariners/climbers/spelunkers; understudies and others simply beginning in fine watchmaking; and individuals who simply need a watch they can give a thumping to without stress and who consider supplanting a battery unattractive.

Above, as worn by Louis Westphalen (6.75 inch wrist).

While we love the masterfulness of top of the line watchmaking, these are watches that will truly have an effect in a many individuals lives. They have an allure that rises above “moderateness” in light of the fact that the cost, while a mind boggling esteem, isn’t actually the foundation of their allure: it’s that they look, feel, handle, and perform like watches made in when you truly required a watch.

Seiko Prospex models SRP775 and SRP777, water impervious to 200 m, 44.3 mm x 14 mm pad cases in hardened steel. Development, Seiko in-house/produce type 4R36, programmed, hand-winding, stop-seconds running in 24 gems at 21,600 vph. SRP775 on a wristband; SRP777 on a silicon elastic tie. Lumibrite hands and markers. Costs: SRP775: $495; SRP777: $475. More information from Seiko USA right here .

Check out our inclusion of the Grand Seiko 9F Quartz right here , and also here , in the event that you’d prefer to perceive how Seiko manages quartz; for a glance at Spring Drive, view our inclusion of the Grand Seiko Spring Drive Diver here . What’s more, obviously we love us a SKX007.

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