On the outset of the lunar 12 months denoting the time of the dragon my circle of relatives boarded a boeing 777 sure for singapore. (china may be a bit too festive at some point of chinese language new years! (examine as – loud!!!)). In singapore we went approximately the venture of sourcing out the necessities: refuge – our usual room overlooking the quay did the trick! Food – there are sufficient movie star cooks inside the mall on my own to preserve us well fed. Garb – shorts and t-shirts please – even in february, singapore is bloody warm! With the ‘needs’ included we got down to cowl the ‘wants’! My spouse and daughter are easy to buy. My daughter is commonly placated with some stuffed animals. My spouse is a piece trickier – but trips to yves saint laurent, bottega venetta and my antique buddies at louis vuitton ticked all the boxes for that a part of my listing. Closing up: me! (what do you get for the man who has the whole lot and/or doesn’t want something???).
I spent some time looking around. I knew i didn’t need anything large or mainly special. I checked out automatic chronographs, winnowing the candidates down to a few – every of them using an eta derived movement. (that’s simply now not very special in any respect – is it?) then i walked to the seiko boutique on biddeford road… manna from heaven!
My eyes right now honed in at the sbdc007 “prospex 200m air diver”. I had seen the watch on the interweb earlier than – however being a jdm (japan home model) i’d in no way clearly seen one in individual. I held it for about 30 seconds and offered the store-keeper my credit card. And not in contrast to every other vignette from my life – i used to be captivated by using a lovely face and determined a deep, deep love for the substance of the complete package deal/imparting.
From the instant the sbdc007 got here into contact with my series up until now no single watch i own has been able to fight correctly with it for wrist time. It has, in essence, killed off my entire collection in a single speedy chop!
Seiko? Sure. Seiko.
Seiko means precision/craftsmanship (nicely seikosha manner house of expertise!) the corporation became founded in 1881 by means of kintaro hattori tokyo’s ginza. While gaining acclaim domestically, seiko did now not benefit complete interest within the outside international once they introduced what might now be dubbed a ‘disruptive innovation’ called the astron in 1969.
The astron changed into the first commercially to be had quartz movement watch – and it changed into a killer! It unmarried-handedly (triple handedly?) bankrupted and or made obsolete absolutely the whole mechanical watchmaking enterprise! It might be too tough to reckon the range of organizations and fabled names that the astron laid to relaxation. It’s simpler to position it this way – rolex, patek philippe, audemars piguet and vacheron constantin survived. Nicholas hayek sr. Amalgamated the ultimate marginal gamers beneath the umbrella fashioned by using the swatch watch (itself a minimalist quartz movement watch!)… several other agencies made it – slightly. What the swiss ought to do intricately and exactly, the japanese – lead by seiko ought to do greater as it should be and affordably!
Similarly on, records is affected by excerpts of wherein seiko (probably suffering from boredom) decided to combine things up again!
The first automatic chronograph? The well-known calibre eleven? Or zenith’s el primero? Hmmm no. That was seiko too. [Word from the editor: I disagree with this statement] the kinetic motion brought in 1986. The kinetic became a cheeky wink to the automatic watch – having analogous parts – however a completely one-of-a-kind final results. Using a rotor to strength a movement that fed a capacitor, the kinetic motion had a quartz outlook on life. That’s to mention – accurate.
Subsequent up, spring drive! Introduced in 1997 the spring force is sincerely all mechanical – as much as the escapement! The escapement is a cool mixture of mechanical, magnetic and quartz regulators. Hallmarks of the spring power movement are the 72 hour strength reserve. It’s implausible accuracy! (who needs an atomic clock while you’ve were given a spring power?) after which there’s that 2nd-hand! I’ve stared and i’ve stared and i’ve stared – but i’ve by no means visible it skip, soar or bump as soon as. It’s so clean it can’t be mechanical – it needs to be herbal!
The sbdc007 features seiko’s 6r15-01d0 movement. The japanese made 23 jewel motion runs at a informal 21,600 bph and gives manual winding within the first crown function, quick putting date in the second position and hacking for time putting within the 0.33 role. It’s got a 50-hour power reserve and for the most component runs about 4 seconds fast in step with day. The professional numbers are a chunk greater conservative +25/-15 in keeping with day! (you are joking – proper?) i’ve had the equal movement in a seiko spirit (sarb023) that ran at approximately 1-2 seconds in step with day rapid and in a seiko sbdc003 that ran about 7 seconds fast in keeping with day. This particular instance runs approximately four seconds fast consistent with day. I’ve not had any issues with the power reserve or with any timekeeping ‘anomalies’.
For me, this changed into one of the strongest promoting points while considering the acquisition of this watch. No longer because of it’s accuracy; as it became not an eta derived motion. No offense to the powers that be on the swatch group – you recognize you’ve were given me proper in which you need me! But once in a while i just want some thing one-of-a-kind. At the same time as the 2824-2 is a incredible workhorse motion – it’s everywhere these days. I understand that’s certain to exchange – but for now it’s omnipresent… now not in the seiko!
Dial – a face anybody should love!
The sbdc007 has a brother sbdc009. The sbdc009 has a lovely orange dial. I opted for sbdc007 with its flat, black dial. Scripting this i can see how little text there’s on the dial – four words on 4 traces:
“seiko / automatic / scuba / 200m” that’s it.
The literary austerity leaves us to surprise on the dial markers and the hands. There are double inverted triangles at 12, very huge round hour markers at 1,2, 4,five,7,8,10 and 11. There are two pentagonal obelisk searching markers at 6 and nine and a framed date-window at three (the date wheel is black on white.) what am i able to say approximately seiko lumibrite that you may no longer have already heard? It’s simply awesome! In sunlight hours it seems light inexperienced. In low-mild situations it shines vibrant green. It is tremendous easy at the eyes and lasts for a terrific wide variety of hours. That’s now not to say that it’s visible after an awesome number of hours – the dial remains completely legible after some nighttimes! Stunning!
The identical goes for the palms. The hour hand is a as an alternative stubby searching double triangle that seems like an arrowhead, the frame of the hand ‘swoops’ backwards on each facets of the stalk making the hand appear a bit like a pendulum. The hour hand is so huge that in the dark it’s far easily seen!
Identical once more is going for the minute hand that’s a 5 pointed obelisk form, paying homage to the 6 and nine hour markers. Though, the hand is lengthy and wide (and ever so barely rounded). The general effect is to make it extraordinarily legible to examine in light or dark. The secondhand is a well completed stick hand with a largish counterweight. Approximately 1/5th the way down the second one hand is a double-segmented discern that is wider on the top that it is at the bottom. The top is a pentagon and the bottom is a rhombus. They are just huge and wonderful sufficient to insure that inside the dark you realize exactly which hand you’re looking at.
Case – making a case for diashield titanium:
The case of the sbdc007 is a 42mm titanium case with a a hundred and twenty click on, 60 minute graduated bezel. The bezel has a metallic insert providing longer markings at the 5’s and for the primary 15 mins; but there are dots for each of the mins from 16-59 and an inverted triangle with a luminous dot at 60 minutes. The bezel is possibly the best letdown of the watch. The steel insert attracts scuffs, scratches and dings. The turn side of the proposition is that steel bezels are especially reasonably-priced and joyful to update.