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Old 08-07-2019, 12:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New Seiko 5 Sports Collections

Did you guys know that Seiko is revamping it's Seiko 5 Collection?
Or Collections?

Seems like they have not only changed the Seiko 5 logo, but now
you have 27 models spread across five categories, or styles. Which
include Sports, Suits, Specialist, Street, and Sense everyone.

These new models will all have stainless steel cases, 100m water
resistance, and Hardlex crystals, but will also have an armada of
nice dials, and bezels, and even finishes. With there being a variety
of different bracelet, and strap options. Plus Seiko 4R36 automatic
powering things.

Have a look...
































A Blog To Watch, and Seiko with a lot more...


https://www.ablogtowatch.com/seiko-5...-revised-2019/


https://www.seikowatches.com/us-en
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Old 08-07-2019, 03:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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These are a replacement of the ever popular SKX007/009 models that have been discontinued.

They're certainly catering to a broad based clientele here with a large and varied selection which is nice. The Superman-like 5 makes a change from that "X" in the Prospex range and the price seems reasonable too. They should sell boatloads.

No screw down crown is a bit odd for Seiko.
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Yeah too bad no screw down crown, though I like the new 5 logo and simple script "Automatic". Slightly disappointing to look the part of a dive watch and very SKX-like but not have the old 200m WR. 100m is okay by me personally and there are so many divers in Seiko's lineup that it shouldn't matter to the masses.

Seems like something for everyone with all those case/dial/color/strap combos. I'd kinda like a no day/date option.
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I really like the new logo and stylized "Automatic" too. They certainly are going for a broader audience, too, it seems. Not an overall improvement, in this watch freeks opinion.

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Well, in a nutshell. I love them all. But I wish they still had the old logo on them. And the screw down crown. IMO, Before they were worth more than what you paid. Now, your just getting what you pay for. These changes should surely raise the resale value of the older ones.
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I love the looks of all of them, and unless you're are actually planning to dive with these watches the lack of a screw-down crown isn't really a big deal.

The screw-down only prevents the stem from being pulled and that's when the water gets in and the crown is well tucked in, in these models where you aren't going to accidentally pull it out.

Panerai doesn't have a screw-down crown either! My recently acquired Seiko 5 "Fifty Fathoms" has a pull-out crown as well and has survived many dips in the pool with no problems.

100m WR is more than enough for pool time or water sports.
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is it just me, or is seiko upping their prices on pretty much all their lines lately?
i do like the look of these, and the fact they FINALLY moved on from the 7s26 movement in their lower end watches and started using the 4r36. (like everyone else has been doing for years) there are tons of options. hopefully we get a better look at these soon to get an idea of what the bracelets will be like. (hopefully a proper milled clasp, but im not holding my breath)



but....(and you all know what im going to say next)

at $300-$400 (depending on model and strap choice) they are DOUBLE what the previous seiko5 price range was ($150-$200-ish) ok, upgraded movement...still, the 4r36 has always been an inexpensive movement used in a bazillion microbrands as the NH35 so i assume seiko has even less money invested putting them in their own watches.



other than the upgraded movement Im not really seeing anything spec wise that wasnt on previous seiko 5 models except that these come in more variety.

since i wear almost everything on a bracelet, I assume any model I liked would be in the $400 bracket.

And therein lies the problem. spending $400 on a seiko 5. a model that up until now was half that price. I just dont think i could do it given what other options I have at the $400 mark. The seiko SARB with the 6r15 is $400. a Tissot PR100 with the powermatic 80 is $300. my Helm watches (with an nh35 movement) were $300 new.



now, I dont blame seiko for doing it... Hell, every Tom, Dick, and Harry that can start a kickstarter/gofundme page is making a watch, throwing an NH35/miyota movement in it and selling it for $400+. i totally understand why seiko would want a piece of that revenue pie. and unlike 99% of those kickstarter watches, the seiko's are at least original AND the company will actually be around longer than the watches warranty.

but man....when i think about the watches I have owned in the $300-$400 range i just cant see myself spending that same money on a seiko 5 when there just havent been any upgrades other than the movement to justify doubling the price... And if the bracelet is a pressed clasp and not a milled scissor clasp.... at $400....it goes right to the bargin bin garbage pile as far as im concerned.





tl;dr

watches cool, but too pricey for what they are...
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So many things to like about these aren't there guys?! I mean the SKX's
were, or are terrific as they are, but to now have all these different choices
is just the best really. It's like Seiko went for both quantity, and
quality, and hit a grand slam !

They could have maybe had that screw down crown, and kept the prices
at the usual affordable Seiko 5 level with these. But other than that like
you guys are saying, these are a lot of fun to see imho.

Thought it was pretty great how Seiko kept these under wraps, and the
news of them didn't appear until now.

Thanks so much as always for your thoughts on these guys !!!
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Thought it was pretty great how Seiko kept these under wraps, and the
news of them didn't appear until now.

Well they were all over facebook weeks ago.....but I believe Seiko managed to get them all pulled and were threatening legal on any sites leaking or reposting the pictures.
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Well they were all over facebook weeks ago.....but I believe Seiko managed to get them all pulled and were threatening legal on any sites leaking or reposting the pictures.

Am not on Facebook magpie, so thanks a lot for that info.

Actually meant that it was interesting that we didn't hear about them a
long time ago. Like at Baselworld, or some time around that. ..So many
times we hear about all of these cool new watches at around the same
time of year. Then as the year goes by the models finally show up, or go
on sale. However, these new Seikos seem to be a late summer surprise.
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