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