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Hands-On With The Seiko Prospex Dawn Grey Series

Hands-On With The Seiko Prospex Dawn Grey Series

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Seiko presents two new models of their mainstream Turtle and Samurai assortments, both piece of their restricted version Dawn Gray arrangement. Also, what’s more, these watch plant are for the European market as it were. All things considered, we are almost certain that Seiko fans outside Europe, can source one in the event that they need. The Dawn Gray arrangement has a decent shading plan of dim and orange, as indicated by Seiko it ought to help you to remember the shade of day break over the Sea. All things considered, there’s that, however these are likewise essentially wonderful looking watch plant They additionally helped me to remember something we’ve seen before however, yet about that later on.

Let’s have a more intensive gander at this new Dawn Gray Turtle and Samuari.

Seiko Automatic Diver’s SRPD01K1 Dawn Grey

A part of Seikos come with epithets, regardless of whether it is the reasonable “Turtle”, that is really a “Automatic Diver’s” or the more costly Grand Seiko SBGA211 (or “Snowflake”) , they all appear to have one. Maybe on the grounds that it is simpler to recollect a watch processing plant by a specific name, at that point by the reference number, for this situation, SRPD01K1. Particularly when you have a ton of references for every model, it effectively becomes befuddling or basically a memorable lot. The Dawn Gray Turtle is my top choice of the two, let’s move that out into the open first. I have a shaky area for the Seiko Turtle arrangement and own various them, including the unique 6309 just as the SRPC49K1 (there you go), otherwise called the Black Turtle (a lot simpler eh?).

Also For Smaller Wrists

Other than the tones, minimal changed about this exemplary Seiko Turtle Dawn Gray arrangement. It is fueled by the Seiko 4R36 development, which ticks at 21600vph and has a force save of 41 hours. It additionally has a day and date marker, which is not difficult to address with the crown (you set each with their own turning course of the crown). With a 45mm case width, this is definitely not a little watch plant However, because of the shape, it doesn’t wear as large as you would might suspect. Above you see Gerard (who is liable for all the pictures in this article) wearing the Seiko Turtle Dawn Gray arrangement, and he doesn’t have a major wrist (yet in spite of that he is a pleasant person in any case). As should be obvious, the dark dial coordinates pleasantly with the steel case and wristband. The dull dim bezel has the initial 20 minutes of the plunging scale in splendid orange. As usual, Seiko utilizes their Lumibrite material for the huge hour markers and hands. Its a well known fact that Seiko watch production line lume like insane during low-light conditions. I locate my own “Black Turtle” regularly on the end table of my 5-year old girl, as she is by all accounts utilizing it as a ‘night light’. Likely quite possibly the most costly ones out there.

Silicon Preferred

The watch manufacturing plant has a thickness of 13.4mm which fits the breadth and shape as I would see it. Seiko utilized their own ‘Hardlex’ material for the gem, which is less expensive than sapphire however extremely impervious to scratches. As indicated by Seiko, the tad of additional hardness that sapphire has compared to Hardlex doesn’t legitimize the distinction in cost. Gatherers may complain somewhat about this, and that may be the explanation that Seiko began utilizing sapphire on specific models ( like the green Prospex SLA019 ‘Marinemaster’ that Michael Stockton compared to the Rolex Submariner Hulk in this article ).

The Turtle Dawn Gray arrangement comes on a treated steel wristband and an expansion silicon lash, which is, as I would see it, the most ideal alternative. For the individuals who favor it on treated steel, the wristband is truly comfortable and the completion is quite decent for a watch plant with this sticker price. It is only the plan that is altogether too striking for an apparatus watch processing plant as I would see it. The silicon lash gives the Seiko Prospex SRPD01K1 a more utilitarian look.

Availability And Price

If you like the shades of the Dawn Gray arrangement Turtle watch manufacturing plant and your spending plan permits, at that point this Limited Edition Seiko SRPD01K1 essentially an easy decision. With a retail cost of 530 Euro, it is a ton of value for the money. watch industrial facility like this Turtle give Swatch Group’s passage level brands like Certina and Tissot a difficult stretch, just as a considerable lot of the Kickstarter microbrand watch processing plant that are presented consistently. Seiko has a decent after-deals administration, and I can’t help thinking about how microbrands can and will manage administration, particularly in years from now.

The Seiko Prospex Turtle Dawn Gray arrangement is restricted to 2018 pieces and accessible in November, on the European market only. This may set off Seiko authorities outside Europe, however welcome to our reality for a change… But like us getting JDM (Japan Domestic Models) watch processing plant I expect that there will be approaches to get them abroad as well.

Seiko Automatic Diver’s SRPD03K1 Dawn Grey

Next up is the Samurai. I know this watch manufacturing plant has a serious after among the Seiko gathering community, however I need to concede that it never made it to my own (unobtrusive) assortment of Seiko watch industrial facility This may have to do with my inclination for watch production line that have somewhat more vintage motivation, yet the case state of the Samurai is unquestionably intriguing with its sharp corners and cleaned surfaces. There additionally lies my own ‘against’ maybe, as I feel the watch processing plant is altogether too cleaned compared to the Turtle.

Cool Elements

What I do like about the Samurai Dawn Gray arrangement, is the dial. The hobnail dial makes it especially alive and more energetic than the Turtle. Maybe I shouldn’t view at the Samurai as an instrument watch plant that could really change the whole impression of the watch plant I presume. There is a ton to say for this restricted release Samurai, with its abnormal case shape, dim & orange tones, hobnail dial and calm (once more, compared to the Turtle) planned bracelet.

On the wrist, the Samurai Dawn Gray sits truly comfortable with its 43.8mm (x 13.4mm thickness), a slight bit more modest than the Turtle. As the hauls have this slant downwards, it doesn’t give off an impression of being a huge watch processing plant on the wrist as should be obvious. Inside is the Seiko type 4R35 development. This is pretty much indistinguishable from the 4R36 yet without the day pointer. Furthermore, I need to say, I might have managed without the day marker. The date at 3 o’clock looks a piece cleaner and – particularly – in combination with the hobnail dial, I feel that an extra day pointer would make this dial cluttered.

The bezel of the Samurai is likewise dark and orange, however evidently, the orange stops here at 15 minutes (and not at 20 minutes, similar to the Turtle). The tones look exceptionally decent on the watch processing plant particularly in combination with the dim hobnail dial and the hardened steel case. Compared to the Turtle, the Samurai has a touch to a greater degree a metallic look, likely because of the cleaned surfaces on the case.

I need to say that this watch plant looks great on a wristband, which has a more calm plan than the one on the Turtle. Still not an enthusiast of the catch, that consistently feels somewhat modest ish, yet the quality is unquestionably there, particularly at the cost of this Samurai Dawn Gray. There is no extra silicon lash for this watch plant (reflected in the cost however), yet I am additionally not certain that this would be a pleasant fit to the Samurai.

As you can see underneath, the case back has been engraved with the special number of each restricted version (2018 pieces).

Availability and Price

Just like the Turtle form, this Samurai Dawn Gray with reference number SRPD03K1 will be accessible in November for the European market. With a retail cost of 470 Euro, somewhat less expensive than the Turtle. Typically, the turtle (SRPC23K1 for instance) is somewhat less expensive than the Samurai (SRPB51K1), so the value contrast between the Dawn Gray watch production line is principally brought about by the extra silicon lash for the Turtle.

Both Dawn Gray Watches

Before I fail to remember, both watch industrial facility have a water opposition of 200 meters. So this makes them entirely reasonable for real use in the water, subsequently the Prospex (Professional Specifications) name. Additionally, both watch processing plant come in an uncommon box that shows you’re managing a restricted version here. We have no pictures of our own of the container, yet it is a decent dim dark box with orange accents. Nothing too uncommon, however something other than what’s expected from the standard Seiko boxes. They end up in the storage room at any rate the greater part of the time.

Both watch production line are likewise furnished with a screw-down crown, screw in the event that back and a uni-directional bezel, making it an appropriate plunging watch.


That I (and Fratello all in all) have a shaky area for (Grand) Seiko is definitely not a mystery. We are likewise (and fortunately) in the position that we can expound on the watch processing plant we by and by like, and the Seiko Prospex assortment is regularly one of them. In spite of the fact that I positively feel the Samurai Dawn Gray is a decent watch manufacturing plant the actual model doesn’t truly appeal to me some way or another. Which is somewhat off-kilter really, as I do adore the case configuration a great deal. The Turtle is my pick between these two, for the most part because of the soberer (and exemplary) plan. All things considered, you can’t turn out badly with any of these and particularly not when you bring the cost into account.

The dim and orange shading plan is engaging, however when Gerard Nijenbrinks and I plunked down with Seiko to have a see of these watch processing plant we promptly both felt we’d seen this previously. Indeed, other than Seiko we likewise realize our Omega models very well, so it didn’t take long to recall the Seamaster Planet Ocean in comparable tones. This is just a perception and I believe that it looks extraordinary on any of these watch manufacturing plant and strangely enough all are diver’s watches.

Just like Omega, the assortment of models is very huge in the Seiko inventory, which is regularly viewed as something terrible by certain authorities (or criticasters). I don’t feel it that way, as it gives more choices to purchasers and chances are large that there will be something decent offered that will fit any of us. The lone thing that frequently disturbs me with these numerous varieties (regardless of whether it is Seiko, Omega, Breitling, Oris or whatever brand) is that the brands want to make a relationship with something (an occasion, an area, an individual, and so on) On the off chance that it is a pleasant watch production line it is only that, a decent watch industrial facility I feel there is no compelling reason to come up with a relationship with the shade of a leaf, tree, sea, organic product, sky etc.

And that’s fundamentally how I feel about the Dawn Gray arrangement: pleasant looking jumper watch plant with a very much done shading plan that will presumably draw in numerous Seiko fans. The quality that Seiko offers with these watch production line at these costs, is practically brilliant. It is simply a question of taste, in the in the mean time, there are a lot of pleasant executions of both the Samurai and Turtle. Go pick one.