The New Seiko 5 GMT Watch Is A Great Bargain For Those In The Market For One

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Whether you have been a watch enthusiast for a long time or just starting to get your feet wet, the Seiko SKX is a name that you most definitely have heard of. Watch any video or read any listicle on the best starter mechanical watches and the SKX007 is bound to be on there somewhere. The SKX007 was well built, beautifully designed dive watch and for under MYR1,000 you would be hard-pressed to find another watch with an in-house movement.

For those who knew about the collection, there weren’t many who had a bad thing to say about the watch. Thus, this was the watch that Seiko chose when they decided to revamp their Seiko 5 family a few years ago. The new Seiko 5 Sports collection, dubbed the 5KX came with a similar design to the legendary SKX007 but came with a heftier price and a new Calibre 4R movement which was basically the 7S26 that could offer hacking and hand winding.

Since then, the Seiko 5 Sports collection has grown to include numerous colourways with a handful of fantastic collaborations for limited edition watches. This year, however, the Seiko 5 Sports collection is introducing a change that is not just based on aesthetics. They have introduced a brand-new complication to the collection and I will be damned if it doesn’t get every budget-conscious watch collector excited. Introducing the Seiko 5 Sports GMT.

Now, instead of bragging that you bought a dive-watch with an in-house movement, you can proudly proclaim you have a GMT with an in-house movement under MYR2,500. Yup, the Seiko 5 Sports GMT brings everything you loved about the series and even adds in a GMT complication to boot, which is great timing considering borders are now open again. The watch is powered by the Calibre 4R34 with a frequency of 21,600vph and 41 hours of power reserve.

The watch offers the same design cues as the original Seiko 5 Sports collection in pretty much the same dimensions too. It even comes with the jubilee bracelet styled in the same way as the original SKX007. Dimensions are equivalent to that of the Seiko 5 Sport dive-inspired watches which are 42.5mm thick, and interestingly enough they even managed to keep nearly the same height, just 0.1mm thicker at 13.6mm, with the added complication.

As for colours, there are currently three variations available with hopefully, more to come in the future. The Seiko 5 GMT models will be priced at MYR2,155 and are already available for purchase.


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