A stylish timepiece that is relatively affordable
A few weeks ago, Seiko made the new Seiko 5 Sports series available in the Philippines. Comprising of 5 lines and 27 styles, the Seiko 5 Sports brings all five essential features of the Seiko 5 series while sporting a design that is reminiscent of the SKX007 Diver’s Watch. While it does not match the SKX007’s depth rating (all Seiko 5 Sports models come with a 100m waterproof rating—which is not bad either), the Seiko 5 Sports pay homage to one of the more popular Diver’s watches from Seiko.
We recently got our hands on the Specialist version of the Seiko 5 Sports—particularly the SRPD76K1. Unlike the other two models in the Specialist series, this one comes with a rose gold-colored stainless steel case, crown, rotating bezel, and buckle, along with rose gold trimming on the dial indices and hands. This model definitely looks luxe and remains sporty with its black silicone strap with calf leather trimming. The strap of choice for this model is of interest, as it blends in sporty and formal seamlessly.
Flip the watch, and you get a see-through case back showcasing Seiko’s 4R36A automatic movement. The 24-jewel movement is the same one found on more expensive Prospex Diver’s Watches—in short, you are getting great value for money with the Seiko 5 Sports.
As someone who wears sports watches (a Rolex Submariner Date and Omega Speedmaster specifically), the Seiko 5 Sports Specialist feels great on the wrist with its 42.5mm diameter. The silicone strap is something that I need to get used to (all of the mechanical watches I wore in the past come with metal bracelets), but the leather trimming gives a touch of premium to this watch.
Is it worth getting? For its price, it is a great everyday watch and is an ideal gateway for those who are starting to build their watch collection.
The Seiko 5 Sports Specialist (SRPD76K1) is priced at Php 19,000.