Seiko’s SARB065 has almost everything you need in a dress watch: a classy design to accompany a sharp suit, a movement that is dependable in accuracy and precision, and a price tag that will still leave you with enough to take care of your other expenses. It affords you the best without actually losing thousands of dollars in the bank. By now, we know that you are already anticipating a “but”. The catch? This Seiko watch is limited to the Japanese market for the longest time and is often hard to grab through intermediaries. It has been available in the US market just a few years ago, but we’ll get to another consideration in a short while.
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Release date: 2010
The Seiko SARB065 is a watch made in collaboration with one of Japan’s finest mixologists, dubbed occasionally as Nippon’s top bartender, Ishigaki Shinobu. Not what you’d often expect from a partnership with a watchmaker, we admit, but this led to cocktail-inspired watches first released in 2010, and then later on in 2016. The SARB065, or “Cool” was among the firsts. It was released together with the SARB066 nicknamed “Dry” and the SARB068 called “Sweet”.
- Movement: SeikoCaliber 6R15
- Accuracy: +25 -15 seconds/day
- Jewels: 23
- Frequency: 21,600 vibrations per hour
- Power reserve: 50 hours
- Case: stainless steel
- Case dimensions (diameter x thickness): 40 mm x 13 mm
- Glass: Hardlex crystal
- Dial: Guilloche sunburst dial
- Water resistance: 50 m
- Features: Date display, exhibition caseback
Part of what makes Seiko fans clamor for the SARB065 is the fact that it is all made in Japan, besides being exclusive at first to its local market. The watch’s case is rather simple, with a domed glass that lends a vintage feel. It also features a crown that does not pose any problems in using. Its simplicity is what makes it beautiful, even in the presence of an interesting dial. Looking into the dial, one can observe that the design patterned after the sun’s rays give depth to an otherwise flat face. The date window is a welcome feature, and it does not get in the way of legibility like the sunburst pattern. Although it is quite a presence on the wrist, it still rests comfortably on it, thanks in part to the straps that are snug in fit.
We’ve already tacked the fact that the Seiko SARB065 is sold only in Japanese markets, and to a lesser extent, in neighboring countries, which really poses a challenge in acquiring one unless you visit the country. It is available to Western consumers but only through gray markets, and even that can be a problem considering that the watches’ production is already limited, which may make replicas more prevalent. Setting that aside, the timepiece is rather thick especially for a dress watch. The shiny strap that makes the SARB065 shine even more can look tacky, although a classier replacement strap is easy to get.
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