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Well I’ve broken a rule and splashed out before pay day.
So I’m now wearing my new “Turtle”, which is the nickname of the Seiko SRP-775 black and gold version, courtesy of those nice people at Creation Watches. Delivery was fast, free and as other customers have said, it sailed through without any hindrances in regards to customs.
The turtle is a recreation of the legendary Seiko 6309 which commands large prices for unmolested or modded versions from the 60s and 70s. Perhaps the 6309’s most iconic appearance and the one which set the watch up to be seriously desired was in Apocalypse Now on Captain Willard’s wrist – technically that was a 6105 but the models are closely related. Clean originals of either can reach many hundreds of pounds. The demand opened the way for fakers to create the most desired dials in order to bump prices. While honest manufacturers have brought out successful reproductions and re-workings to cater for the need of watch-aholics.
However a little while back, Seiko decided to update and release one of their favourite previous watches themselves. The Seiko SRP range features a number of differently coloured models, featuring a 4R36 movement offering hacking, hand-winding and better accuracy over the 7S26 in the SKX007 range. The watch was priced keenly so buyers could obtain a genuine unmolested Seiko diver with much of the genetics from he past.
I hummed and haa’ed about buying one, and even experienced some buyers remorse before it arrived, probably because I’d broken my financial guidelines and I may have had a drinkie when I ordered it. Oh the shame! But I did in the end buy one the 775 Black and Gold model from Creation Watches in Singapore.
First impressions were very good. My watch had none of the problems mentioned on some of the early released models.
In terms of size, it’s not too big or too high on my wrist. It wears better (less tall) than I remember my old SKX007 did years ago. This version comes on the bracelet – some come on a rubber strap – and while that makes it quite a heavy combination, the case width seems to spread the load well. Visually the cushion case also makes it appear not top heavy or high wearing. Coming directly from my other new watch, a G-shock GD-350 which is not a small watch, made my acclimatisation all the faster.
The bracelet is of better quality than I’ve seen on some of my other Seikos. The clasp opens very smoothly, there are 4 micro-adjustment points and a diver’s clasp. The pin and collar link assembly is a bit of a pain but with the right tools and a reminder of how to remove and reattach them, I was able to find a perfect fit within 20 minutes. It would have been quicker but I mistakenly took out two links instead of just one. DOH!
Despite having drilled lugs, reattaching the end links was more of a nuisance than fiddling with pins. The fit is very tight but I managed it a couple of times without scratching anything. I was intending to buy some rubber straps for the 775 but I can’t see myself doing this just yet, as the bracelet is so comfortable and looks good with the head.
Two tone watches are not universally appreciated in the watch world but I’ve long had a secret love for them. This stems way back to seeing two tone Rolex Submariners from the 1970s in National Geographic, right up to the current two tone GMTIIc. I did wonder whether I should have gone for the standard black 777 or perhaps the blue 773?
Some of the reviews made my black and gold version appear rather flat, while others made it look too blingy! Yet, given the price point I thought I should pluck up courage and go for the little splash of colour. After all I have a 16610 and a CWC quartz if I want the standard black diver look. The blue appeals but I’m not sure it’s for me, not long-term anyway. In the flesh, the 777 is at just the right level of difference without being too old mannish.
The lume is of course brilliant and early timing results are very good. So far I’m very pleased to have a Seiko back in the collection.
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