Seiko Alpinist SARB017

Every year is the year of the diver’s watch, has it not?  Somehow, field watches never really caught on with Joe Public.  Which is a pity, because TBC thinks that the Seiko Alpinist is the David Bowie of field watches – eclectic, interesting, unconventional and an icon in its own right.

Photography by Ronald Chew

by The Balance Coq

  • August 3, 2023

The Seiko Alpinist is a distinguished timepiece that seamlessly blends sophisticated design with reliable functionality. Designed with a focus on outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers, this watch pays homage to its historical roots while incorporating modern features.

At its core, the Seiko Alpinist houses a robust and precise automatic movement, ensuring accurate timekeeping and longevity. The 6R35 caliber movement boasts 24 jewels, a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour, and a commendable power reserve of approximately 70 hours. This exceptional movement delivers dependable performance, reducing the need for frequent winding and enhancing the watch’s overall reliability.

The Alpinist’s case design showcases a harmonious balance between elegance and durability. Crafted from stainless steel, the case exhibits a brushed finish that exudes refinement while maintaining resistance to daily wear and tear. Its 39.5mm diameter and 12.9mm thickness offer a versatile size suitable for a range of wrist sizes, ensuring both comfort and a commanding presence.

One of the standout features of the Seiko Alpinist is its distinctive dial. The rich sunburst green color not only alludes to its alpine inspiration but also lends the watch a unique and captivating visual appeal. The luminescent hands and indices ensure readability in various lighting conditions, while the inclusion of a date window adds practicality to the timepiece.

The Alpinist’s bezel incorporates a compass ring, an homage to its heritage as a mountaineering tool. This feature, while aesthetically pleasing, also serves as a functional tool for basic navigation, enhancing the watch’s utilitarian value for outdoor enthusiasts.

The Seiko Alpinist is an exceptional timepiece that melds heritage, reliability, and style seamlessly. Its robust movement, durable case, and distinctive dial, combined with practical features like the compass bezel and versatile strap options, establish it as a commendable choice for individuals seeking a reliable and aesthetically pleasing watch that effortlessly transitions from outdoor pursuits to urban environments.

Specifications

BrandSeiko
ModelAlpinist
ReferenceSARB017
Case MaterialStainless Steel
Case Dimensions39mm X 46mm
Case Height12mm
Water Resistance200m
Lug Width20mm
MovementSeiko 6R15 automatic
ProductionDiscontinued
WearsTrue to size

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