NEW SEIKO 5 Sport Watch line

 By: cazalea : August 7th, 2019-07:07
Seiko sent a press release today announcing the availability of a new line of watches, a fusion of Seiko 5 and Seiko Sports. 
The new logo is a stylized S indicating this compression of two historic Seiko lines.

For sake of visibility, I filtered out the backgrounds on the watches (Seiko marketing thoughtfully pointed out that we could turn off background layers using Photoshop), otherwise the images would have looked like this:






NOTE: this is a bit like the BBC TV announcement telling us in the near future we can use the app to adjust the volume of music, background sound effects and voice SEPARATELY, in an attempt to assuage the millions of hearing impaired (or just plain annoyed) customers who have complained 


Now, back to the watches.

For over 50 years, Seiko 5 Sports has delivered consistently high levels of reliability, durability, performance and value that have endeared it to lovers of mechanical watches worldwide. 

Today, with the creation of a new design and a broad new collection, this much loved timepiece is re-born. 

Welcome to the new Seiko 5 Sports, a collection with all the same values but a fresh new look. All will be available in September 2019.

Born in the 60’s. Loved ever since.

The first ever Seiko 5 watch, Seiko Sportmatic 5, was born in 1963. It was Seiko’s and Japan’s first ever automatic day-date watch. ‘’5’’ represented the promise that every Seiko 5 watch would have five key attributes;

1. an automatic movement

2. a day-date display at the three o’clock position

3. water resistance

4. a recessed crown at the four o’clock position

5. a case and bracelet built for durability

Taken together and in combination with the then-new mainspring and shock resistance system, these features gave Seiko 5 its distinctive appearance and its strength.

In 1968, Seiko 5 Sports was born. It was created for the ever-growing number of men and women who wanted a watch they could trust as they played sports. In addition to the fundamental values of Seiko 5, Seiko 5 Sports offered:

6. enhanced water resistance

7. a strengthened crystal 

8. luminous hands and hour markers.

The new design. Founded in heritage. Created for the individual.

The new Seiko 5 Sports draws its inspiration from the five decades of Seiko 5 Sports’ success and its design is based on one of Seiko’s most loved sports watches. 

Every creation in the new collection shares an updated version of this celebrated case and all have

9. arrow shaped minute hands

10. distinctive hour markers and 

11. one-way rotating bezel

12. Seiko’s Caliber 4R36, with 24 jewels, optional manual-winding, a 41 hour power reserve and a hacking second hand. 

There are no fewer than 27 different executions! Each in one of five styles: Sports, Suits,  Specialist, Street and Sense. 

All have new dials with three-dimensional hour markers and the collection embraces a wide range of straps and bracelets from steel mesh to silicone/leather hybrids. 

See them all here

Caliber 4R36
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
Power reserve: 41 hours
Number of jewels: 24
Stainless steel case and bracelet with three-fold clasp with secure lock & push button release (SRPD51)
Stainless steel case and bracelet with sliding clasp (SRPD73)
Stainless steel case with rose gold color coating (SRPD76)
Stainless steel case with black color hard-coating (SRPD79)
Stainless steel case with black color hard-coating (SRPD77)
Silicone/calf hybrid strap (SRPD76)
Nylon strap (SRPD77, 79)
Hardlex crystal
See-through screw case back
Diameter: 42.5mm, Thickness: 13.4mm
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m
Approximate recommended retail prices in Europe: from 280 to 340 Eur

AVAILABLE September 2019


These look terrific! Do you know about the size? [nt]

 By: Marcus Hanke : August 7th, 2019-07:16
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42.5 x 13.4 hefty but not excessive [nt]

 By: cazalea : August 7th, 2019-07:25
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One of each please ☝️ [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : August 7th, 2019-07:18
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$300 each, more or less -- even getting 5 still in the "petty cash" price range

 By: cazalea : August 7th, 2019-07:26
I just added specs, pricing and timing to the bottom of the article.


Thanks Mike for posting this information 👍 [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : August 7th, 2019-07:42
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The entire 27-watch line-up shown here

 By: cazalea : August 7th, 2019-07:36

Great watches...

 By: India Whiskey Charlie : August 7th, 2019-09:58
Although it will be tough to choose from 27 variants.

OUr thanks to you, once again, Mike, for passing on important Seiko info.! FH [nt]

 By: halgedahl : August 7th, 2019-07:39
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Excellent! Thanks for the post. SUITS for me. [nt]

 By: MichaelC : August 7th, 2019-08:28
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Top! First three are very cool. [nt]

 By: COUNT DE MONET : August 7th, 2019-08:34
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Green "Sense Style" 👍👍 [nt]

 By: M4 : August 7th, 2019-10:08
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The specs say +/- 45 seconds....per day!?! [nt]

 By: myles721 : August 7th, 2019-11:09
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Seiko's specs are wildly outside of the normal performance

 By: cazalea : August 7th, 2019-12:08
If you look around on the web you will see the 4R36 does much better than the Specs Seiko publishes -- actually I saw +45/-30 as specs but people claiming +/- 3 or 5 seconds. 

Maybe 6-12 seconds a day is reasonably good performance that many people report.

The issue is that they are not individually regulated.  At the wholesale price of say $150 how could Seiko afford to spend time on each movement tweaking it? 

So after a few months or years of wearing, if its accuracy is less than you can tolerate, a quick visit to the local watch shop can easily improve it. 

Granted this is not taking the "high road" but it's a commodity product sold to millions of people and likely not worn everyday anyway, so extreme accuracy is relatively unimportant vs style and toughness.

Your Mileage May Vary (as they say) but mine have been much more accurate than the specs.



The specs say +25/-15 for the 6R15 movement in this Seiko ...

 By: COUNT DE MONET : August 8th, 2019-01:09

However it is running amazingly accurate: only -1 sec in position crown down over night, + 5 sec crown and dial up. Fair to say chronometer grade. I will observe it further but I understand your concerns fully: on paper it sounds not good.

These are great, something for everyone in terms of styling.

 By: Jay (Eire) : August 7th, 2019-18:13
I’m liking the Suits. 

Thanks for sharing - are they Seiko standard quality?

 By: xxcesar : August 7th, 2019-22:13
As a heavy modifier of Seikos, I can see, where they draw the inspiration from, it is a nice idea, but execution looks cheap on the pictures.

Have to see in real, but not sold yet.

I would think they're comparable to what you are modifying now

 By: cazalea : August 7th, 2019-22:34
Movements are traditional and based on the 7S26 though evolved in many ways. I’m not sure where the cases are made.

I believe the images may be computer generated. I’ll look again tomorrow.


Let‘s see

 By: xxcesar : August 8th, 2019-01:59
Having some official Seiko colleagues following my insta channel, I might even feel that some of my mods are used as inspiration, but from the pictures I still like mine better in style and quality (not objective view of course).


Will need to see the real thing...


 By: xxcesar : August 8th, 2019-02:00

So are you saying you inspired Seiko's SKX diver's line like the SKX007 and SKX009?

 By: reintitan : August 8th, 2019-11:49
Because these new Seiko 5's are almost exact copies of the SKX line in terms of looks.

Not that much honor

 By: xxcesar : August 8th, 2019-13:30
The classic that started with the 6309 is genuine. My point is that the new line looks like a response to the multitude of mods that improve over the Seiko original offering, just like all auto OEMs now have their in-house tuning branch.


I quite like the Suit version, in blue. Cool colors combination. [nt]

 By: Boris : August 8th, 2019-03:36
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Nice looking line, I like them.

 By: VMM : August 8th, 2019-05:53
Tough watches, fair prices.


I find these OK as they are re-specced SKX divers made to be non-diver "sports" watches

 By: reintitan : August 8th, 2019-11:48
The change of movement from the old and tired non-hacking, non-hand-winding 7s26 to the hacking and hand-winding 4R series is a welcome change, but not the others IMHO.

Loss of screw-down crown
Loss of luminous pip on insert
Downgrade of water resistance from 200m to 100m

All of this results in these watches not meeting the ISO 6425 specification for diver watches (which all modern Seiko divers' meet) hence no "DIVER'S" mark on the dial.

Still not convinced....

 By: xxcesar : August 8th, 2019-22:13