Right here at Fratello, we love compiling checklist as a lot as anybody. Some are plain enjoyable, and a few give just a little extra perception right into a topic. Compiling a number of Seiko lists outlined by a particular price range provides a reasonably good overview of the place the Japanese model has probably the most to supply. Because it seems, creating a listing of the most effective Seiko watches below €1,000 doesn’t all the time imply your selections are on the high finish of that price range. However there are nonetheless fairly a number of good choices throughout the Seiko assortment.
Not too way back, we offered you with a Top-5 Seiko watches under €500. The loopy factor about this checklist of Seiko watches below €1,000 is that you simply have a tendency to take a look at Seiko’s choices throughout the €500–€1,000 worth bracket. First off, since you wish to keep away from fashions making it onto each lists. Secondly, since you would count on Seiko has fairly a number of watches inside that particular €500–€1,000 worth bracket. Because it seems, there may be not a fantastic abundance of selections. I wouldn’t say your choices are restricted as a result of there are some fairly nice choices. However perhaps I anticipated a bit extra.
Making a Prime-5 Seiko below €1,000
As I discussed in my checklist of Seiko fashions below €500, there may be an ongoing dialogue concerning the rising worth ranges from Seiko. Compiling that checklist of entry-level Seiko’s proved, nevertheless, that there’s lots to seek out on such a restricted price range. It’s one step above that, the place you may see that Seiko has modified ways. Let’s give attention to the Prospex collection for a minute as a result of that’s the place many Fratello group members discover their most popular Seiko watches.
The worth for an MM200, formally often known as the fashionable reinterpretation of the Seiko 1968 Computerized Diver on a metal bracelet, is simply above €1,000. The lately launched SPB143-149-series, also called the fashionable reinterpretation of the 62MAS, additionally doesn’t match the price range for this checklist. Lastly, the SPB151 and SPB153, additionally know because the “Captain Willard” fashions, have additionally damaged that €1,000 worth barrier. And people are only a few of the extra seen novelties.
Filling the worth hole
When Seiko launched the new generation Marine Master 300, we have been collectively shocked to seek out out that it was priced at a steep €three,200, coming from €2,000. And for the new generation Sumo, Seiko additionally elevated the worth with virtually €300 to €830. These are big will increase should you put them in percentages. However in absolute numbers, the hole is much more vital. And you could possibly ask whether or not these worth will increase are justified contemplating the updates. Robert-Jan wrote an in-depth article the place he did exactly that for the Marine Grasp 300.
No matter your ideas are on the precise worth will increase of each, we have now additionally seen that Seiko has been filling the huge hole between the 2. As a result of the technique has not solely been targeted on elevating costs on current fashions. It’s much more about specializing in new choices which might be priced in between the 2. And the beforehand talked about MM200 and the 62MAS reinterpretation do exactly that.
The questions for the long run
The place does that depart the €500–€1,000 worth bracket? Good query. Will the model additional elevate the costs of its entry-level fashions? Will they actively add extra fashions additionally to bridge the hole on the high of their Prospex line of watches? And can there be extra new choices on this €500–€1,000 bracket?
Regardless of seemingly having fewer choices from €500–€1,000, there are nonetheless some fairly nice watches obtainable for that price range. On high of that, there are all the time the choices obtainable below €500 — just like the Turtle — that might simply be on this Prime-5 Seiko watches below €1,000. However let’s not get into that as properly and discover out what our Prime-5 Seiko below €1,000 seems like.
1. Seiko SPB103J1 Sumo
The Sumo was all the time going to be the primary watch on this checklist. In a current dialogue with Mike concerning the Prospex line, he talked about one thing fascinating. The attraction of the Sumo lies in its unique fashionable design. Not like a lot of its friends, it’s not a “fashionable reinterpretation” of a legendary Seiko diver from the previous. And Mike was proper. It makes the Sumo extra fascinating, and it’s undoubtedly one among Seiko’s future classics. As an alternative of a reinterpretation one.
That is the most effective your cash can purchase from Seiko, or every other model for that matter.
I personal a earlier era Sumo SBDC001 — with out the debatable Prospex brand on the dial — and I really like that watch. My solely “downside” with it has all the time been the cartoonish fashion of the numbers on the bezel. Seiko mounted that by updating the bezel design of the present era Sumo that was introduced at Baselworld in 2019.
Subsequent to that, Seiko up to date it with the Caliber 6R35 and fitted the watch with a sapphire crystal. At €830, that is the most effective your cash can purchase from Seiko or every other model for that matter. The one factor you have to do is select between black or inexperienced. With a black Sumo already in my assortment, the selection for me is simple.
2. Seiko Prospex SPB121J1 Alpinist
One other watch with a inexperienced dial? Nicely, inexperienced is the brand new black. It’s no secret that the Seiko Alpinist is favored by many with a inexperienced dial on a brown leather-based strap. Many lovers proudly personal or passionately hunt the earlier era SARB017 JDM that doesn’t function the Prospex brand on the dial. However Seiko determined to introduce the up to date Alpinist worldwide as a part of the Prospex Land collection. And the model has up to date them within the course of, equipping them with the Caliber 6R35 and a sapphire crystal.
Its historical past dates again to the late 1950s when the primary Seiko Laurel Alpinist fashions have been launched.
Though Seiko doesn’t discuss with them as Alpinist fashions, Mike mentioned it completely in his hands-on review: we do, as a result of they’re. I’ve to say the introduction of the Alpinist is a brilliant transfer. Not solely is it a fantastic trying watch, however its historical past additionally dates again to the late 1950s when the primary Seiko Laurel Alpinist fashions have been launched. Mike wrote a great article on his Laurel Alpininist not too way back explaining extra of the Alpinist’s historical past.
So subsequent to boasting a cushty 39.5mm case, a fantastic aesthetic, and up to date technical specs, the Alpinist has a really related spot in Seiko’s historical past because the model’s first sports activities watch. The green-dialed model (SPB117) is accompanied by a white-dialed choice (SPB119) that each function Arabic numerals on the dial and include a leather-based strap for €740. The model with the black dial (SPB121) doesn’t have the Arabic numerals on the dial and comes on a chrome steel bracelet for €760.
three. Seiko Prospex SPB079J1 MM200
Earlier than you begin typing ferociously within the remark part, maintain your horses! I do know the MM200 “Darkish Inexperienced Sundown” pictured above is priced at €1,100, so it’s not eligible for this checklist. However at €950, the SPB079 with a blue dial on a rubber strap is. Why is it not pictured then? We’ve had the complete black model of the “Child Marine Grasp” (SPB077), and the green dialed SPB105J1 pictured above in for overview and never the SPB079 on a rubber strap. So hopefully, you’ll forgive us as we must do with pictures of the watch on a chrome steel bracelet with a inexperienced dial for this checklist.
This was the Prospex I discovered hardest to ship again to Seiko after reviewing it.
However at €950, you’ll get the identical fashionable reinterpretation of the 1968 Diver with a black dial and metallic blue bezel. Probably the most vital distinction is that you’ll get it on one among Seiko’s comfy rubber straps. Nevertheless it doesn’t take a lot away from the general energy of the MM200’s design. When you like the unique 6159-7001 from 1968, then this contemporary reinterpretation of the unique is a superb choose.
Many have criticized the design of the massive hour hand. After having my reservations, I can say that it didn’t trouble me one second when sporting the 44mm watch. If there could be one level of criticism, it’s that the MM200 makes use of the Seiko Caliber 6R15. The extra reasonably priced Sumo is supplied with the improved 6R35 motion. However then once more, the MM200 was launched earlier than the present Sumo, so there’s a logic to it. I used to be actually impressed with the MM200, and it was the Prospex I discovered hardest to ship again to Seiko after reviewing it.
four. Seiko Prospex SNJ031P1 City Safari
The quantity 4 on this checklist is one other Seiko cult basic. As a remake of the unique Seiko H558 worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger, this lately launched SNJ031 is an in-crowd favourite. However as Rob defined in his review of this inexperienced model and the sand-colored SNJ029, they’re “an under-the-radar cult basic”. Simply final yr noticed the discharge of the black SNJ025 as reviewed by Mike here. The inexperienced SNJ031 isn’t solely a pleasant break from the standard black. I believe it solely seems loads higher than the black model.
If it’s adequate for Arnie, it positive is nice sufficient for us.
The SNJ031 has a colossal 47.8mm diameter. With a 14.43mm thickness, it is a instrument watch that may enable you to keep alive in your greatest adventures. Arnie wore a number of variations of the H558-5000 line in basic motion pictures like Commando, Uncooked Deal, Operating Man, and Predator. And if it’s adequate for Arnie, it positive is nice sufficient for us. The watch is a part of what Seiko calls the Prospex Avenue Collection, and, extra particularly, it’s a part of the City Safari fashions. Which result in Seiko lovers rapidly re-branding it the “Safarnie” fashions. One thing that may solely be thought-about an enchancment.
The solar-powered and quartz-regulated watch affords a fantastic set of features with a chronograph perform, energy reserve indicator, a calendar, and an alarm. At €530, that is the one watch you have to get you out of any predicament you may encounter throughout your commute from your own home to the workplace.
5. Seiko Presage SPB127J1 Crown Chronograph LE
The final watch on this checklist is the one non-Prospex mannequin and the primary restricted version. However with 1,964 obtainable items of every of the completely different pictured dial variants, you may be capable to nonetheless get your fingers on a Seiko Presage SPB127J1 Crown Chronograph. The watch was launched earlier this yr to pay homage to the model’s first chronograph from 1964, the Seiko Crown.
As Mike defined in his introduction article, the unique Seiko Crown (ref. 5719) was a single pusher watch that featured a hand-winding column-wheel motion. The watch was not a chronograph as we all know it at present. As an alternative, the one pusher would activate the central chronograph seconds hand. After it might have accomplished a full 60-second spherical, you would need to maintain monitor of the elapsed minutes by turning the black bezel manually for each expired minute.
The all-new SPB127 misses one very important aspect: the chronograph hand.
Regardless of being dubbed an homage to the 1964 unique, the all-new 41.3mm SPB127 misses one very important aspect: the chronograph hand. This SPB127 is an easy three-hander that options the 6R35 Caliber. Positive, the central seconds hand may, in principle, enable you to depend elapsed time as properly. And you could possibly nonetheless use the black bezel to set the minutes. Nevertheless it type of defeats to objective of this tribute to the model’s first chronograph.
Why is it featured on this Prime-5 Seiko below €1,000? The all-new SPB127J1 is the model with the cream dial, and it nonetheless seems the half. Die-hard collectors will collectively curse the watch, however there isn’t a denying that that is one good trying watch. And at €830, I might nonetheless want my model to be closest to the unique, and that’s why I selected the SPB127 over the SPB129 (inexperienced dial) and the SPB131 (black dial). It appears seemingly a correct remake of the unique will emerge sooner or later. Begin your (guide) timers…
Ideas on Seiko watches below €1,000
After wading by means of the intensive Seiko assortment making an attempt to compile a Prime-5 Seiko below €1,000, I can say that it was harder than arising with 5 watches for below €500. However, as we might count on from Seiko, the watches comprising this checklist all have an excessive amount of attraction and provide nice worth for cash. I might fortunately put on every watch on the checklist, and it’s not all the time really easy to say. However, then once more, there’s a purpose we collectively love the Seiko model right here at Fratello.
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