When Seiko unveiled their spiritual successor to the widely popular Seiko SKX007, the Seiko 5 Sports, I found myself thinking, that it was a pretty great watch but I wish they kept features like the 200m water resistance and the screw-down crown for what was essentially a dive watch. Today, I no longer have to wish because the new watches added to the Seiko 5 Sports line is a fantastic ‘explorer-esque’ watch that has no rotational bezel and has been downsized into a compact 40mm case.
In many ways, this is the watch that quite a few fans have been asking for. With the discontinuation of the SARB033/035, there was a void for those looking to find a value-for-money Seiko that would fit smaller wrists. This new line of SRPE51/53/55/57 might just be the answer to that particular problem.
The main thing to note if you are one of those folks mentioned above is that this new Seiko 5 Sports collection will not come with the higher-end 6R15 movement but rather the same 4R36 that came with the Seiko 5 Sports dive watch. And like that piece, this watch will also offer the crown at 4 o’clock, a day-date function, hacking and manual winding to boot.
In terms of design, the SRPEXX series keeps the style of the SRPDXX which also includes the arrow style hands and applied indices. The main difference is that the bezel has been removed and the case has been shrunk down to a 40mm diameter and a relatively slim 11.5mm thickness.
Case: Stainless steel
Case size: 40mm
Crystal: Mineral crystal
Movement: Seiko calibre 4R36
Water Resistance: 100m