Earlier this year, Seiko let us realize that the Marinemaster 300 SBDX017 will be suspended. Furthermore, it presently is. The restricted release Seiko SLA019J can be viewed as replacement, however it is a restricted version. We’ve been raving about the Marinemaster 300 for quite a while now, it is an extraordinary jumper with a staggering an incentive for cash. Despite the fact that it has been ended, you actually may discover them available to be purchased at your Seiko seller. Before they run unavailable, we recommend you truly consider getting one on the off chance that you need a jumper that’s near awesome. Particularly at this value point. There’s an explanation four out of six Fratello individuals have gotten one. To move you somewhat more, read Mike’s survey on the SBDX017 that he composed precisely two years ago.
It’s clever, out of all the Seiko jumpers I either claim or have craved; I’ve generally held what is by all accounts one of the brand’s most alluring models in a fairly easygoing respect. The watch manufacturing plant that I’m alluding to is as a matter of fact the exemplary Seiko MM300, or Marinemaster. Thus, having passed this watch industrial facility by many occasions in Japan in its past structure – as the SBDX001 – I felt it was late to invest some quality energy with the model since Seiko has given it some very light refreshes to make what is know coded as the SBDX017. Initially, I need to thank the Seiko Netherlands group for sending me the watch plant and permitting me to clutch it for half a month. Along these lines, presently, how about we investigate the refreshed MM300 and I’ll endeavor to place the watch industrial facility in context and, at last, let you know whether it’s something I’ll focus harder on in the future.
Why I’ve never claimed a Seiko MM300
It’s clever that on the whole of my outings to Japan – and there have been many – I generally went with the plan of discovering some other “JDM-just” watch processing plant There was the ” Emperor Tuna “, the vintage ” 6159 Grandfather Tuna “, a manual breeze Grand Seiko , and even a Casio Frogman. In any case, regardless of it being JDM and seemingly the most exemplary looking of Seiko jumpers, I not even once took a stab at or considered purchasing a Seiko MM300. I guess the essential explanation behind this negligence was that I was after things that really enrolled as out of control or odd – thus, the Tunas – or maybe it was on the grounds that I was chasing vintage Seiko jumpers that drag a solid likeness to the MM300, for example, the 6217 or the 6105’s and needed to toss cash of a comparable incentive in these ways. All things considered, however, as one who has attempted to compile a generally thorough assortment of Seiko Divers, would i say i was inappropriate to disregard the MM300 and its significance in the heredity for Seiko? Many would contend with a firm “yes”.
Take our own Robert-Jan for instance. He’s a “colored in the fleece” Speedmaster fan and of fundamentally everything Omega. However, when it’s the ideal opportunity for excursion or in any event, during some highbrow occasions, he frequently wears the Seiko MM300. Consider it a delicate thumbing of the nose to the European foundation or, maybe, getting a knowing look since he’s really the one at such bespoke occasions wearing the genuinely in-house watch industrial facility that retails for a moderately negligible 2350-Euros on the Continent (deals exist in Japan, for sure) versus so numerous different jumpers that highlight me-too motors and cost products more. Take Jason Heaton, a companion of the show, who drops his exposition in various fields and co-has digital broadcast. He’s a jumping fan and he strongly recommends the MM300 and has referenced that it’s a watch manufacturing plant he’ll regularly bring as his solitary wear on long excursions. Thus, what have I been missing?
How the Seiko MM300 fits inside the brand’s history
Before we talk about this most current interpretation of the Seiko MM300, possibly it’s a smart thought to bring this watch production line into authentic point of view and adjust where it fits inside the Seiko jumper course of events. Like most genealogies, things start essentially enough however regularly branch out altogether kinds of headings. In 1965, Seiko appeared the now amazing 6217 “62MAS” with a pivoting external bezel and 150m of water obstruction. The 62MAS set a plan standard, dial-wise, that Seiko basically follows today. After the 62MAS, however, and in the last part of the 60’s, Seiko begun to fan out with its jumpers into what I’d call the more competent immersion jumper pieces, Seiko would contend that the entirety of the watch industrial facility I’ll make reference to were experts, and their somewhat less skilled line. In the event that we investigate Seiko’s lighter side first, the brand presented 150m pieces in the last part of the 60’s under the 6105 reference. The 6105’s were at last supplanted by the most loved 6309 “Turtle” and afterward were trailed by the 7002 and eventually the SKX007 that we have today. On the more genuine side (immersion jumpers), the brand made the 300m 6215 and 6159 models that outwardly give direct genealogy to the MM300 you see before you. The Tunas at last supplanted these in the 1970’s and have proceeded through today with more noteworthy profundity opposition and a variety of development and case material decisions. We will not get into the notable game jumpers or the remainder of the Prospex line with the Monsters, new Turtle , etc. Specifically in regards to the MM300, Seiko presented the first SBDX001 in the mid 2000’s as a component of its immersion jumper line and I’d prefer to figure we ought to consider it as the brand giving individuals what they needed – an accomplished jumper that looks and wears somewhat more basically than the Tunas. Since we’ve come round trip, in the event that we consider the presentation of the MM300 more than 10 years prior, it was the ideal opportunity for Seiko to roll out certain improvements. Enter the SBDX017.
The Seiko MM300 SBDX017 – extremely unobtrusive updates
In refreshing the Seiko MM300, the brand from Japan made some unobtrusive changes to what exactly has really been a triumphant equation. A similar 44mm treated steel case stays with its flawlessly unpretentious chiseling, as does the painted steel bezel and 8L35 programmed development with date. In a move that shows that the brand moves cautiously, the brand’s own Hardlex mineral glass stays as the odd decision of gem material for the watch industrial facility while the remainder of the costly Prospex immersion jumpers see sapphire. Coming back to the development, this is truly one of the superstars. It’s made close by Grand Seiko developments and is set in the top level Tuna watch industrial facility too. In the 8L35 assignment, however, it is sans embellishment yet keeps all the capacity, for example, hand winding and hacking. Furthermore, in the SBDX017, it presently has parts made with MEMS innovation, which alludes to more tight resilience pieces that ought to consider better timekeeping and less wear after some time. It’s a genuine diamond of a development and effectively comparable to the best jumper developments from anyplace in Europe. With a force save of 50 hours, it’s likewise something that can be put down several days without missing a beat.
The few different updates to the Seiko MM300 are what I’d call “shallow”. Most importantly, the dial clearly gets more brilliant and longer-enduring Lumibrite lume. Seiko’s glow is unbelievable, so they’ve basically recently gone and one-increased the competition that was at that point lagging.
We likewise see the expansion of an “X” for Prospex on the crown. A few aficionados out there are making some intense memories with this, however to be straightforward, if Seiko needed to add this, I’m glad that they held the marking to the crown and left the exemplary dial alone. It’s really not a genuine inconvenience and, once more, I can’t blame the company for needing to attach this alluring piece to the remainder of the line. It even serves to make the remainder of the Seiko Prospex jumpers substantially more credible.
Finally, the “large” news for the update is the utilization of Seiko’s DiaShield covering working on this issue and, I accept, the arm band. This is essentially a DLC covering that is typically utilized by the company on its titanium watch processing plant to give scratch-insurance and an additional portion of consumption opposition. It’s an exceptionally unpretentious expansion, yet – at the same time, be that as it may, however – I’ve done some perusing on different gatherings and the individuals who have lived with DiaShield praise its excitedly. The treatment works… and for a large portion of us who work area plunge the entire day, I believe it’s really a welcome expansion. For the individuals who like to get character scratches – at their work area or under the surface – maybe they’ll be disillusioned, yet to me this is an extremely overall quite downplayed method of utilizing valuable technology.
The Seiko MM300 – my impressions
So, as should be obvious, very little was truly changed on the Seiko MM300 with the SBDX017 versus its earlier manifestation as the SBDX001. Some may have been searching for additional, however it appears to be most weren’t searching for any change whatsoever and you can’t censure Seiko for staying with what works. Determinations aside, what’s my opinion about it? Indeed, when I got the watch manufacturing plant it came in the run of the mill cardboard-sleeved box and contained the SBDX017 on a steel arm band and waffle-style elastic lash. It’s a fundamental bundle that wouldn’t watch strange in a plunge shop close to controllers or other gear – and I really believe that is quite cool. This is unquestionably a straightforward, genuine jump watch manufacturing plant without affectation. I’ll just hit upon the tie/arm bands rapidly in light of the fact that you’ll see I didn’t actually utilize them. To begin with, I was somewhat aware of the way that this watch manufacturing plant was conveyed as new and I truly didn’t have any desire to force any wear on these pieces.
Still, the waffle tie, however much it is truly important, was excessively long for my wrist and surely more reasonable for somebody wearing a dry suit. Besides, I thought that it was a bit “plasticky”.
The arm band, then again, I find definitely more appealing than Robert-Jan does. Valid, I don’t care for the little cleaned interfaces inside in light of the fact that I discover them quite non-intentional. Truth be told, I’d prefer to see something like a dabs of-rice or celebration style on this watch processing plant I figure it would look better and more appropriate.
However, while I concur with R-J that the sliding/tightening miniature change seems as though something got rid of a weighty instrument & bite the dust shop out of, say, Cleveland, Ohio, it’s damn practical, all around made and, moreover, who sees it in any case once the wristband is shut? In addition, the remainder of the wristband feels strong to me from the catch to the strong end joins. I hung it on the wrist and thought that it was truly comfortable and non hair-pulling (that is serious for me). Thus, eventually, I’d presumably wear the arm band or discover a post-retail elastic lash. As should be obvious, however, I matched the MM300 with a 20mm NATO lash – a change made simple by the consistently appreciated, yet seldom seen, cross-penetrated haul holes.
Taking a more critical glance at the Seiko MM300, it has an incredibly profound set dial with large, intense applied lists. Additionally, regardless of it looking generally little, it’s very legible.
A more intensive gander at the hour markers in addition to a peep at the enormous hands shows that the meticulousness on this watch processing plant is damn close to absurd. I’ve zeroed in on this tight resilience getting done with Grand Seiko previously and it’s not far-removed the imprint in this lively application – I can just envision how absurd the GS jumpers must be!
This same accuracy follows outwardly for the situation cleaning and the perfect, ceramic looking (it’s painted), bezel. Talking about the bezel, turning it is a substantial weighted undertaking that overflows quality; it’s quite possibly the most average inquiries I’m posed by people who really utilize this style of watch plant for their underground interest. I’m additionally an aficionado of the seldom seen monobloc case (the development loads through the front).
There’s a perfect thing about flipping a watch processing plant over and being met with a level range of a case back that, in this scene, is embellished with the brand’s notable tidal wave theme. Certainly, it upsets availability to everything except prepared watchmakers, however who goes in and plays with a programmed watch plant in any case? In addition, it addresses Seiko’s commitment to 300m of water opposition by planning a watch plant with one less seal to break. I’d say my just niggle practically is the screw-down crown. I don’t know why but rather I generally discover Seiko to utilize what feels like extremely tight strings that I’m worried about stripping. I think part about this identifies with the way that the watch industrial facility was shiny new and they may simply set aside some effort to seat.
So, I referenced that the Seiko MM300 sports a 44mm breadth case. Like most Seikos, however, this watch plant wears out 3-5mm because of its short drags and the comparatively little dial. The dial looks little because of its profundity, the thickness of the Hardlex and the generally thick bezel.
Related to this, and this is most likely my greatest hamburger with this watch production line it is thick. Indeed, when one purchases a Seiko Tuna, a thick hockey puck of a watch production line is normal, yet on the off chance that an all-arounder is likely to work out, a watch industrial facility that can carry out twofold responsibility as a beachcomber or office drifter commonly requests some nuance to the extent stature. Here, at 14.5mm in thickness, the watch industrial facility transcended altogether too much for my enjoying. Indeed, I had two slight layers of nylon under the case back, so I didn’t help the circumstance, however this is as yet a tall one. It’s surely excusable and maybe improved a little with the arm band, yet on the off chance that I compare this watch manufacturing plant to one of my top choices, the Rolex Submariner 14060m, it rings in with a thickness of 12.2mm. That is a big contrast and there’s no distinction top to bottom execution. Obviously, there is the matter of price.
When discussing value, I referenced that the Seiko MM300 records for 2350 Euros (Update 2018: last realized rundown cost in Europe was 2500 Euro) in Europe and can be found for even less (one would say undeniably less) in Japan. I will not stay here and disclose to you how to legitimize any cost for any watch production line over 1000 Euros, however what I will say is that this piece offers a crazy measure of significant worth for the cash. It comes with all that one necessities (tie in addition to arm band), is 100% in-house made, and because of the expansion of DiaShield, should look incredible for quite a long time to come. Furthermore, in plunge watch processing plant circles, it’s a no-statements of regret piece that nobody would blame you for purchasing – if that is by one way or another a worry. Without a doubt, it’s a less expensive option in contrast to a Rolex in the event that you don’t have the money, yet I don’t believe it’s fundamentally a less fortunate substitute. No, it could undoubtedly carry out a long period of obligation and, as a little something extra, permit the proprietor to stay away from the furry eyeball of would-be criminals any place one may travel.
Regarding the competition, there are many contenders. Longines, with its Hydroconquest , leaps out as a minimal effort option and I guess one could say that it’s “in-house” with its ETA development. In case we’re utilizing the 2350 Euros as a rule, one may even think about a Doxa, quite a few Sinns , other Seikos or an Oris . This is a packed area and keeping in mind that all are fine decisions, I imagine that the Seiko MM300 merits its position in the upper level because of its legacy, its earnestness and construct quality. Coming back to Robert-Jan’s wearing of the watch production line at hoity toity occasions, I additionally truly like that this piece makes no accommodations for style reasons yet by one way or another still works.
Coming back to the last inquiry of whether I will try to add a Seiko MM300 to my assortment. It’s an extraordinary inquiry and I feel that subsequent to wearing it, truly considering the piece and expounding on it, I think I’ll have own one sooner or later. Will I purchase a prior SBDX001 or the most up to date SBDX017? Most importantly, after a snappy look on eBay, you’ll note that these watch manufacturing plant lose next to no on the optional market, so “taking” one is improbable. As far as I might be concerned, it doesn’t actually matter and to the individuals who are “crap crapping” the most recent updates? Move beyond it, curmudgeons, as they’re practically imperceptible, yet they’re insightful. Seiko didn’t add a wide range of messiness to a work of art. They made the watch production line more sturdy and exact and that is something beneficial for purchasers – particularly as the brand tries to acquaint this watch plant with an ever increasing number of business sectors around the planet. Depend on it, the Seiko MM300 is a genuine work of art and is totally meriting its grand reputation.
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The Seiko MM300 is tall, yet I’d cheerfully live with it! Depsite a huge case size, the Seiko MM300 fit my more modest wrist well overall. Note the stature of the Seiko MM300 on my wrist – it’s tall at generally 14.5mm thick. The Seiko MM300 on its waffle lash Seiko MM300 SBDX017 The pleasantly created strong end joins on the Seiko MM300 arm band The Seiko MM300 wristband includes a flip-lock and connections are attached by means of pins. A glance at the miniature change on the arm band of the Seiko MM300. It may not look pretty yet it functions admirably. A more critical glance at the Seiko MM300 wristband The straightforward box from the Seiko MM300 – it looks more like something that would house plunge hardware – and it does! The Seiko MM300 carried out select responsibility on a NATO – and looked incredible! The bends on the underside of the Seiko MM300 are a portion of my top choices The bezel on the Seiko MM300 is painted onto the steel and it’s magnificently shiny and looks practically earthenware The brand name wave theme discovers its way on the monobloc instance of the Seiko MM300 Just gander at the nature of the Seiko MM300 dial – it’s impeccable The Seiko MM300 has what I’d call a non-prominent date window Note the expansion of the Prospex “X” on the crown of the Seiko MM300 SBDX017 See the excellent matte top completing working on this issue of the Seiko MM300 and cleaned sides – they’ll keep their structure because of the new utilization of DiaShield. Notwithstanding a case width of 44mm, the Seiko MM300 doesn’t wear so enormous. Credit those short drags. Clarity – in light or obscurity is no issue with the Seiko MM300 SBDX017 The Seiko MM300 highlights a major jutting screw-down crown – it’s simple to snatch The Seiko MM300 highlights a profoundly set dial…take a gander at the lofty inward bezel The Seiko MM300 on top of its basic box