Seiko Mechanical 5 Sports

So I’ve had the Seiko Mechanical 5 Sports on my wrist a few days and I am kind of in the middle on this one… This is an Automatic (SARG009) powered by the premium Seiko in house 6R15* caliber, 23 Jewel, self-winding mechanical with hack function and an excellent power reserve at 50 hours. Every detail and indication on the watch itself says luxury almost Grand Seiko like, I said almost… But at a 500. USD price point you are not getting a GS. What you do get is a watch with beautiful details… the case with its mix of high polish and brushed stainless steel is a great touch especially when hitting light just right. The watch comes with a slight domed sapphire crystal on top and sapphire crystal on the case back with full view of the 6R15 movement which adds a nice touch. The case is a little larger than what I am typically used to at 40mm but it fits comfortable. Large black dial (almost enamel like) is a great contrast with the large raised Lume Arabic numerals. The hands and tip of the second hand also contain Lume. I am usually a day/date fan but on this particular model the day complication works well and is very subtle and almost invisible. Maybe due to the large numerals.
Again, I am disappointed in Seiko’s lack of a screw down crown given a 100m water resistance. Makes no sense these days not to include the option of a screw down crown. I do like the “S” logo on the crown but would have preferred a screw down crown! LOL I’ve heard this SARG009 pays homage to the Rolex Explorer and I can see the similarities and it feels like you are wearing an Explorer.
That said, Let’s talk about the bracelet’s fit and finish. Most would agree the strap or bracelet is a big part of a watch as a whole. The stainless steel band on this Seiko is a solid link bracelet which feels comfortable and doesn’t feel too heavy yet it has some good weight that says it’s solid. The band is a brushed finish but love the added touch of the polished sides on each link which is another great little feature. I am very disappointed however in the fit of the clasp. The clasp itself is solid and very well made, disappointing is the fit of the clasp in the latched/locked position. There is such a large gap that it make the clasp look aftermarket and you can even fit a nickel inside (see picture). Seiko did such a great job on the watch, movement and bracelet itself but really dropped the ball on the clasp…To me it is a deal breaker because for me the band is a major part of the watch.
Overall, the watch is beautiful, feels good and has an excellent mid-grade movement. Needs slight improvements on the aesthetics. Would I own and wear it? Yes, with a different strap or better fitting bracelet. Finally, It’s worth a look and a great not too expensive addition to a Seiko or any other watch collector. In my opinion same Swiss watch with an ETA movement would run twice as much is not more…
*The 6R15 caliber movement was introduced in 2006 as a higher-spec derivative of the familiar Seiko 7S26. It was intended to replace the expensive “high beat” King Seiko-derived 4S15 in mainstream watches, allowing that family to be used exclusively in more expensive models. The 6R is an automatic movement which adds hacking and hand winding to the existing 7S26 base. This is the main difference between the movements…

Arthur G Gonzalez,
Watches, The Collection of Time

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