Among the premium / affordable watch brand is Seiko. A company that has continually stamped its footprint while staying strong as a juggernaut in the wristwatch industry. The Japanese wristwatch company continues to exercise this strength by producing lovely watches that all watch lovers and enthusiasts can afford or collect.
For this article, we’re paying keen attention to the modern SEIKO ‘turtle’ SRP775 Prospex Dive watch, based on vintage reference 6309 that was produced from 1976-1988
Having been a long standing fan of the Seiko dive range, l was keen to review one of the SRP model, with keen interest in the SRP 775. Popularly referred to as the “Seiko turtle”
We sometimes like to see, feel and get others opinion on our watches before spending our hard-earned money on it. Like myself you would agree that a little helping hand in the way of a review is well needed.
So, in true gentlemen style let me do on to you what I would like done to me and provide you with an review based on my opinion and time spent wearing the Seiko ‘turtle’ SRP 775.
I finally had the opportunity to do so courtesy of Seiko UK who were kind to send me the SPR 775.
This isn’t a new watch per say, in fact, there have been many reviews and critic of the SRP 775. Since l love the look of this watch, l was keen to review it and to help with a buying guide if truly its worth investing on.
Here are some manufacturers specification of the Seiko ‘Turtle’ SRP 775 Prospex Dive Watch.
- Hand and automatic winding capabilities
- 21,600 vibrations per hour
- Power reserve: approximately 41 hours
- 24 jewels
- Day/Date calendar
- Screw down crown and case back
- One way rotating elapsed timing bezel
- LumiBrite hands and markers
- Case Diameter 45.0mm
- Water Resistance: Diver’s Watch 200 meters (660 feet). Meets ISO standards and is suitable for scuba diving.
- Caliber 4R36
First impression is truly awesome and beautiful rolled in to a ball. Words can’t do justice to the look and wrist bands texture. You need to see this watch in the flesh to appreciate its beauty.
Aside from the premium look, l could feel the history behind the watch that dates back to the 70’s – the vintage 6309. It’s like you’re wearing a bit of history on your wrist and who doesn’t want that?
Let’s start with the Seiko ‘Turtle’s case. It’s has got a nicely polished cushion case, nicknamed “Turtle” a derived due to the design of the cushion case. This gives the watch its distinctive look. The SRP 775 features a 120 click unidirectional rotating bezel with a luminescent dot at 12 o clock with black and gold design.
Now some have complaints about the bezel alignment. I can hand on heart say there wasn’t any problem of such from my inspection of the ‘Turtle’. The bezel turns smoothly, hitting the detents crisply and all the way around the dial.
I like the polishing of the case flanks, unmissable is the beautiful smooth polishing of the angles. Good attention to detail by Seiko.
The back of the case features a stainless-steel screw case back with the Seiko logo and also inscribed is the air diver 200 meter.
Seiko ‘Turtle’ SRP 775 Prospex Dive Watch – Movement
The Seiko ‘turtle’ SRP 775 Prospex Dive watch is powered by the calibre 4R36 automatic movement which beats at 3Hz (21,6000 kph). Calibre 4R36 is made in Japan and features a 41-hour power reserve.
During the time of wearing this watch of 10 – 15hours daily, it loses just 2 seconds from accuracy, which is quite good.
The screw down crown is mounted at 4 o’clock making it comfortable to wear without digging into the skin. 7 mm in diameter, with ridged edges and a polished cap with no logo. There are also gaskets sealing the crystal, case back, and crown.
Protecting the dial is Seiko’s trademarked Hardlex crystal. The crystal settles just below the bezel, adding a level of armour, should in case you hit you hit the watch against a surface. Compared to a crystal glass that protrudes above the bezel.
The Prospex SRP 775 features a matte black dial with gilt print and gold plated Lumibrite hour markers. The large hour and minute hands are centrally mounted, and feature gold-plating that complements the gilt dial and bezel. The design of the luminescent sword-shaped hour hand and arrow-shaped minute hand is copied directly from the original 6309.
On the dial at 3 o’clock is a day/date wheel opening, the luminescent level of the hands and markers is quite generous and very intense. One of the things l appreciate and love about the dial is the large markers and hands make the dial incredibly easy to read at a glance, day or night.
The bracelet is a fine brushed stainless steel. Lovely bracelet as expected from Seiko. Having a prestigious feel and look.
This is a tough looking watch, throughout the time of wearing the SRP 775 for this review, l could tell that this watch could and would weather all test. The Seiko SPR 775 will stand the test of time as an everyday watch while still maintaining that gorgeous look.
Watches n Lifestyle rate this watch 8 / 10 and would recommend it any day and any time.
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