Friday, December 25, 2015

Seiko Prospex SRP775: Rebirth of the turtle

Wishing myself a Merry Merry Christmas

After years of being neglected and forgotten by Saint Nicholas aka Santa Claus; I decided to take the thing into my own hands. Hmmmmm maybe my house does not have a chimney.... 

See what did I find underneath my Christmas tree this year? It's the newly relaunched Seiko Turtle 6309, Seiko Prospex SRP775. I have a fatal attraction with any dial that is black and gold combination. 

This diver is measuring 44.3 mm in diameter and has a thickness of 16.6 mm. Whole watch is made of stainless steel and comes with stainless steel bracelet.

SPR775 has a unilateral rotating bezel that has a black and gold insert. From some angle, it has some resemblance to Rolex Submariner.  

This watch has the Hardlex mineral crystal and a big screw down locking crown. 

It is water resist to 200 Meters depth and is suitable for mixed air diving. 

SRP775's dial is based on the original 6309 diver's dial with Prospex logo added. The dial also stated this watch is waterproof to 200M instead of 150M of the original 6309.

However, the hands design is from a more modern Seiko diver SKX007.

Like all Seiko divers, this watch has Seiko's famous LumiBrite luminescent hands and LumiBrite luminous indices. 

If I am the designer for this watch, I would have a gold Seiko emblem on the dial. I would also replaced the day and date discs with a gold wordings and black surface to better match the dial. 

The turtle case itself is an endless design masterpiece......

The only different I noticed with the SRP775 case and the original 6309 turtle case is that the new one has 4 pin holes at its lugs. 

The stainless steel bracelet is actually of single solid link. Somehow I find the bracelet to be a bit bulky to my liking. A jubilee type bracelet or a metal mesh bracelet may better fit a retro diver. 

This bracelet has the extension designed for wet suite diving. It is not easy to operate and a friend snapped his nail while trying to operate it. 

At the end of the bracelet is a double locking deployment buckle that has Seiko signed on it. 

Its bracelet is coded 631 and MOEV-Z-C.... 

The stainless steel case back is screwed down type and has a Tsunami wave engraving. 

The back case has "Air Diver 200M" and a Prospex logo stated. 

This watch used the 24 Jewels 4R36 movement. This is an automatic mechanism with manual winding capability. It has a day-date and hacking function. 4R36 Calibre is beating at a speed of 21,600 beats per hour. It used the SPRON 110 mainspring and has a power reserve of 41 hours. 

From every angles and every aspects, this is a true beauty and a timeless classic. I just could not resist to press my order when first learned this watch has launched. This is just as beautiful as the Santa ladies below....... My everlasting love for something sexy!

My Original Seiko Diver 6309 Turtle can be find HERE and HERE and its distance cousin 6306 Here  

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