The New Seiko Prospex SRP series – sea turtles references srp773 , srp775 , srp777 srp779
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The new SRP Prospex series is probably one of the most accurate re-issues, up to now. It’s probably an indication of how right Seiko’s designers were in the 1970s, when designing the original 63XX series. The new Seiko Prospex SRP series looks as purposeful as when it first entered the market, 39 years ago. The cushion-shaped case (so-called turtle case) of these models is the central vintage element that defines them – and tends to make them so attractive, especially among Seiko aficionados. This cushion-shaped case measures 44.3mm wide with a lug-to-lug height of approximately 46mm. The watch is 14mm thick, and it has a lug-width of 22mm. It’s a large watch, for sure, but it’s not oversized. Cushion-shaped cases tend to wear a lot smaller on the wrist than their dimensions suggest . ‘Seiko turtles srp773 srp775 review’
The new Seiko Prospex SRP series retains the same bezel font and layout as the original right down to the subtle concaving of the insert, as it meets the flat Hardlex crystal. The case is slightly taller than the original and this is mostly due to the taller bezel. At 4 o’clock we find the oversized screw-down crown, offering a 200m water resistance (note that the bezel is partially recessed into the case, for extra protection). Flipping the watch around we find the screw down stainless steel case-back, with Seiko’s iconic Tsunami logo, while in addition we can see the specs of the watch and the words “Air Diver” – which are here to remind its user that this Seiko Prospex SRP is not intended for saturation diving. Last but not least, one of the biggest improvements to the original design is the inclusion of drilled lugs. It’s a shame that most manufacturers shy away from incorporating hollowed-lugs on their sport models. ( seiko turtles srp773 , srp775 review )
Accordingly to the authenticity of the case, the dial of the SRPs’ neatly reproduces the dial of the 63XX, with some subtle modern touches. The dial reintroduces the characteristic 63XX 12 o’clock marker and we can also see the wedge-shaped markers at 6 and 9. The day-date feature at 3 sits in a gently angled aperture. The markers are applied with a slightly raised white ring, which approximates the printed white ring on the 6309. The lime is applied in a domed pillow, which gives the dials a vary neat and subtle 3D appearance. The Seiko logo at the top of the dial is larger than the original and printed in white rather than silver. Moving down the dial we next find the somewhat controversial Prospex logo. Some like it, most aficionados do not, but I personally don’t think that this is potential deal-breaker. ( seiko turtles srp773 , srp775 review )
At the heart of the watch we find perhaps the most important upgrade from the SKX series , that the new Seiko Prospex SRP series replaces in the collection. The caliber 4R36 is a great movement; a self-winding calibre with manual-winding capacity and hacking-seconds features, beating at 21,600vph, having 24 jewels and a power reserve of approximately 40 hours. The 4R36 was introduced in 2011 and was the precursor of Seiko’s 6R15 family – while it was created to compete with the iconic ETA cal.2824. All in all, we’re talking about an extremely durable and fairly accurate modern movement, which matches exactly the character of the new Seiko Prospex SRP series. It is a great improvement of the 7s26 calibre. Well Done Seiko. ( seiko turtles srp773 , srp775 review )
It seems that Seiko listened to various reviewers around the world, who complained about the quality of the genuine rubber straps – especially those fitted on lower budget Seiko divers. Here also, we can say that Seiko have upgraded yet again with the soft, supple silicone strap fitted to the black dial (ref. SRP777K1) and Pepsi versions (ref. SRP779K1). The strap is very comfortable and the signed clasp and metal keeper are welcomed steps forward. However, here we must notice that the downside of the strap is that it gathers dust very easily – a proper dust-magnet I should say. The two there versions (blue dial ref. SRP773K1 and black/gilt dial ref. SRP775K1) feature an OEM steel bracelet, which is very nice, comfortable and seems to match the character of the watch.