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Date Purchased: May 16, 2005
- Seiko model SBDA003 "Samurai"
- Movement: Seiko 7S25
- 21 jewels
- Hours, minutes, date
- Case: Titanium
- Bracelet: solid titanium
- Mineral Crystal
- Water resistant 200m
Why I bought this watch: I've wanted one since they
first came out, and I finally made enough selling stuff on Ebay to
Overall impression: This is a great watch! I love the looks of it. The
angular case and finely knurled crown and bezel make for a real
stunner. Although I wasn't sure I'd like the light weight of the
titanium, I love it! The light weight and the way the case and bracelet
fit perfectly to my wrist make it one of my most comfortable watches. I
also absolutely love the color of the titanium. It can range from a
very light color to deep, depending on the lighting and angle. If
you've hesitated to buy one because of the titanium I recommend you try
it - although light in weight, it's still a big and satisfying watch.
It's one of my favorites already.
The brushed titanium case with polished accents is breathtaking. Seiko
continues to impress me with their quality and finish. This level of
finish would be at place in watch that cost 3 times as much. The
knurled crown is very tough looking, and screws down smoothly and
securely. The polished round "rivets" on the side of the case are small
details, but they really add a level of sophistication and break up the
big flat areas.
The blue dial is very deep and subtle. In some light conditions it
looks almost black. The texture is very fine and satin-like. I can't
really describe it, and it's difficult to take pictures of. The applied
silver markers with luminous fill are very simple and bold., and stand
out against the dial at any angle. The same goes for the hands. I
especially like second hand with the big 2-part meatball at the end.
It's very cool, and remonds me of some of the old Seiko 70s diver. All
in all it's a superbly legible dial, like my other Seiko divers. The
lume is good, as is the case with all my Seikos, but it isn't quite as
bright and long-lasting as the Monster lume.
The bezel rotates very smoothly, with 120 stops, and the triangle lines
up with the 12:00 marker perfectly. I've used it to time several things
since I got the watch. The knurling is very tool-like, and I really
like the way it looks, It gives the bezel a very rounded look. The
markings on the bezel are easily readable, with the markings from 0 to
15 being black, and the rest dark blue. The luminous dot glows very
The bracelet is excellent quality. It's made of solid titanium links
with solid end links. The finish is mostly brushed, with a small
polished accents in the middle of each. It closes securely with a
double push-button and flip lock. It also has a built in diver's
extension. It's the equivalent of the Monster bracelet in titanium. It
also uses the same link and sleeve method to attach the links to each
other, so Reto's Monster bracelet adjustment instructions would apply
The 7S25 movement is a variation of the venerable 7S26 workhorse. Its
keeping time as well as any of my 7S26 watches, having gained a little
over a minute in the last 8 days.
Thanks for reading the review!
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