Last year Seiko introduced to the world the ‘Save the ocean’ Manta Ray special edition watches in both the Samurai (SRPE33K) and the Turtle (SRPE39K) cases. These watches were a smash hit
particularly because of their special textured dials with gradient blue
and black colouring and imagery of Manta Rays gliding through the
Seiko, to start the year off on a high note have released two new models
of the Mantra Ray special editions, both in the same respective cases
as the previous iteration but with two main differences.
The new Samurai SRPF79K1 now comes fitted with a brand new Seiko silicon strap
which is a complete change from the standard strap that Seiko has been
producing for decades. This new strap comes with a more modern, simple
design, with a flat, textured finish in a dark pastel blue colour.
While the dial carries on the same design as the last, it is now a more
subtle grey/blue colour when compared with the last set and it should
also be noted that the Manta Rays are now in different positions on the
The watch is fitted with a ceramic knurled edged bezel and the same
knurled pattern is followed on the crown which gives the watch an
unmistakable, samurai series look.
Once again, this is a special edition watch and we have received only
one watch. A small curiosity is that this watch was assembled in October
2020, which means that Seiko are working hard to supply enough watches
to the market.
Would I wear it? Absolutely yes! While the Manta Ray
watches are obviously designed for professional divers, sailors and
surfers of which I am none, I am sold on the blue/grey dial and
unbelievably comfortable silicon strap. The 43.8mm case size gives the
watch a respectable and professional feel and for only $950, this is
simply a bargain!
Again, my only "complaint" is for the unfortunate fact that at this point in time we only have one Manta Ray in stock.
Seiko Prospex Save the Oceans SRPF79K
43.8mm case size.
Greyish blue manta ray dial.
Automatic movement - calibre 4R35.
Water resistance 200M
It's called a surface grinder - a CN machine
which grinds down metal surfaces to be perfectly flat and level. The
machining process is abrasive: a diamond grinding wheel which is
spinning at a high speed to grind away differences in height.
The end result is a perfectly flat piece of metal. In watchmaking,
surface grinding is essential for both tool making and parts
Early last year we saw Breitling release a
new series of watches called the ‘heritage 57’. There was a lot of buzz
around these watches particularly because of one certain model, the
Breitling heritage 57 ‘rainbow’ which features a multicoloured spectrum
of colours on the hour markers of the watch. While many commended the
bold design, it copped a lot of hate because well, a rainbow spectrum of
colours is a hard thing to pull off tastefully on a watch.
Seiko have never seemed to shy away from a challenge and have always
been bold with their design choices so it was fitting that when Seiko
released their limited edition, Japan only Pokémon watch series, they
took the challenge to tastefully incorporate a rainbow into their
design. This was done on the SCXP179 also known as the Eevee.
The dial of the watch is a tan finish with a small image of the Pokémon
Eevee at 6 o'clock in a darker shade of tan, to represent the colour of
the characters fur coat. It also features a white Poke ball for the 12
o'clock marker, which is a nice touch. But, more importantly, the hour
markers around the dial are an array of colours to represent something
quite unique to this Pokémon. While Pokémon are famous for their ability
to evolve into new versions of themselves with added abilities, Eevee
is iconic for being able to evolve into 8 different versions of itself,
all in different colours. These colours, green, pink, yellow, blue, red,
purple, black and dark blue are represented as the hour markers on the
dial which is a nod to this unique character, not only that but it is
subtle and tasteful. The watch also comes with a tan NATO strap to match
the dial and comes fitted with a brown leather NATO strap with the
character's paw prints pressed into the strap.
Better luck next time Breitling, but I think Seiko wins this one.
Note: We do not have any Pokémon currently in stock however we are working hard to source a few from Japan.
The second watch featured in the Pokémon
Seiko collaboration series is SCXP181 or better known as 'The Mewtwo’.
The watch features a subtle patterned purple dial with a large picture
of the character Mewtwo. Mewtwo is one of the most powerful if not the
most powerful Pokémon characters, created by the arch nemesis of main
character Ash, Team Rocket.
Many fans regard Mewtwo as the ‘first Pokémon character’ as it was the
first Pokémon seen on screen in the intro of the English dubbed version
of the original Pokémon series released in the late 90’s, you can check
it out here:
The watches caseback features an engraving of a Master Ball, a rare Poke
Ball that is more powerful than a regular Poke ball and increases the
chances of catching Mewtwo. The box also has the same colour scheme and
design as a Master Ball as opposed to the classic red and white Poke
ball design seen on the other watch boxes in this series. It also comes
with a matching purple NATO strap as well as the black and purple
backing leather NATO that comes fitted on the watch.
We don’t see purple dial watches very often but we definitely haven’t
seen one as iconic and cool as this one before. Again, this is a
Japanese only release and the watch has not be offered for sale anywhere
else in the world however we do have one in stock.
Pokémon is one of the most universally
recognisable brands out of Japan, it is no wonder considering it is the highest grossing media franchise of all time, beating out the likes of Hello kitty, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse and even Star Wars.
Late last year Seiko decided to team up with Pokémon to create a range
of cool watches featuring unique designs and styling inspired by the
world of Pokémon and its characters. They created a set of four Japan
exclusive watches, one of them in that set being SCXP177, the ‘Green
Pikachu’ 35mm, battery operated. While there are over 900 Pokémon
‘characters’ there is none more iconic than Pikachu.
The main feature of this watch is the dial,
it is a stunning green sunburst inspired by the Viridian Forest, a
fictional forest in the world of Pokémon where trainers can seek wild
Pikachu. The dial also features a picture of Pikachu running at 6
o'clock as well as a bright yellow seconds hand featuring the same
lightning bolt tail as Pikachu.
The watch comes with two straps, a bright yellow NATO strap to match
Pikachu of course as well as a leather NATO strap with Pikachu’s little
footprints pressed into the leather. This set comes presented in a Poké
Ball inspired box with a picture of Pikachu on the inside.
Whether you’re a diehard Pokémon fan with a first edition holographic
Charizard, or you just appreciate cool watches, then this is the one for
you. Unfortunately Seiko Pokémon is only available in Japan (that's
where our set came from). We might have another one for sale so if you
are interested, send us an email.
Stay tuned for more of these Pokémon special editions.
In 1961, Seiko introduced to the world the
Alpinist series. The series was inspired by the Yama-otoko - mountain
men that worked or spent time in the mountains. The main goal for the
alpinist was to provide a reliable, rugged and accurate timepiece for
Sixty years on and the Seiko alpinist series is still in production,
making it the 3rd oldest Seiko sub brand. The current Alpinist series
got its iconic design update in 1995, but that is a story within itself
that can be read here:
Late last year Seiko released 3 new Alpinist watches with a bold new
design choice - a gradient coloured dial with a textured finish. The
dial still features the same numeral and hour marker design but now with
a creme coloured finish rather than the original metal markers, adding
to the ‘vintage’ feel. The traditional hand cathedral hand style has
been carried through to these models as well. The watch is part of the
Prospex ‘Land series’, which means it is 200 metres waterproof, a staple
of the Prospex line, but not only that, it is also Made in Japan.
There are three models available, the green SPB155J1 which comes on a
metal bracelet, the blue SPB157J1 which comes on a stunning blue leather
strap and the grey SPB159J1 which comes on the same leather strap in
Seiko SPB155J1 - Green
38mm case size
Automatic movement - calibre 6R35
water resistance 200M
It's no secret that Seiko makes some of the
coolest dive watches out there, and it is no wonder considering how
synonymous the brand is with being a rugged, no nonsense, reliable
While there are many editions and iterations that Seiko has presented
throughout the years, there is none more of a ‘Crown jewel’ to this
legacy than their famous PADI Turtle.
PADI is the largest dive certification and training centre in the world
with over 6,300 Dive Centers and more than 136,000 qualified PADI
professional instructors around the world. PADI has issued an amazing 24
million certifications and has done more than any other organisation to
introduce diving to the world.
The Seiko PADI series was created to bring together the two companies that share the same fundamental belief on diving
It should be practised safely and be accessible to anyone.
Originally Seiko chose the Turtle for the PADI special edition and
throughout the years has released various different versions and styles
with the same iconic blue and red bezel design. Seiko has now decided to
release a new edition of their PADI series, the PADI Sumo.
It shares all the same fundamental design styling of the Sumo series
such as the sharp, modern case design, solid and extremely legible bezel
but with the main difference being the iconic red and blue PADI bezel
insert. But even more importantly, unlike the PADI Turtle, it is Made in
Seiko Prospex PADI SPB181J
45mm case size
Automatic movement - calibre 6R35
Water resistance 200M
Let’s start with the most important bit: the new Speedmaster Pro
310.30.42.50.01.001 (previously 3220.127.116.11.01.005) is listed at AUD$
9,575 which is exactly $2,000 more than the ‘old’ one.
While the watch looks identical from the dial side, there are couple of
important upgrades. First: the mechanism. The Cal 1861 has been replaced
with Cal 3861, the co-axial ‘chronometer rated’ escapement with silicon
hair spring. The case back is now signed “Flight qualified by NASA in
1965 for all manned space missions” and “the first watch worn on the
moon”. Also, the watch is fitted with a new style bracelet and a new
The sapphire sandwich version is 310.30.42.50.01.002 with the price tag
of $10,900 and there is also an 18K solid yellow gold version (AUD$
53,150) and an 18K white gold – or as Omega calls it ‘Canopus Gold’- for
Clearly, the second hand market prices for the ‘old’ Moon watches will
go up and mint condition 2018-2020 Speedmasters will now be sold at a
Boruto is Naruto's son. He can perform the
nature transformations of lightning with "Purple Electricity" - the NATO
straps stripe, as well as 'Sunday' on the calendar disc and the tip of
seconds hand are a matching pink colour. The 12 o'clock index is
inspired by the bolt, as seen in the anime's logo, and the Uzumaki
Clan's Kamon is printed on the caseback.
Unlike some of the other Naruto watches which 'appear to be worn',
Boruto comes with a shiny high polished steel case with a dark grey