Review: Seiko SARB045 – Arrival from land of the rising sun!

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Specifications

  • Case diameter: 41 mm (inclusive of crown)
  • Case diameter: 38 mm (without crown)
  • Case thickness: 11.5 mm
  • Lug width: 20 mm
  • Lug to Lug: 44 mm
  • Watch Crystal: Sapphire
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Movement: Seiko 6R15
  • Watch Strap: Stainless Steel Bracelet
  • Water Resistance: 100 meters
  • Watch Weight: 120 grams
  • Cost: 44,100 yen

First Impression

I always wanted a daily beater dressy watch so it will not burn a hole in my wallet and yet I can still look presentable when I go for presentations. The SARB series from Seiko caught my eye immediately when I came into this horology hobby. One particular model that attracts me is the blue dial version of the SARB series, the SARB045. This is also one of the models that is not readily available at this moment or the price is inflated ridiculously. I tried with my usual Japan source like Seiya, Higuchi and Chino and none of them has stock for this model, in the end I got my watch from amazon.co.jp and reasonably priced.

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Case and Dial

The case is of stainless steel build and has both polished and brushed surface. The case has got different angled surface to compliment the polished and brushed surface and that shows off the craftsmanship and details placed onto the watch. The crown is signed with a Seiko “S” and not screwed-in.

The dial is a dark blue sunray dial that radiates very excellent shine and shows off the sunray details extremely well. Most of the sunray dials I’ve seen of this quality is way above the price point of this watch.

The watch crystal is sapphire and does not seems to have AR applied within. The markers on the dial is polished and radiates light, which seems to be one of the key differentiator of Seiko paying attention into the details. If you look carefully into the details of the markers, it’s remarkable to see how much details that Seiko watchmakers are putting into a simple thing like the markers.

The hands for hour and minute are crafted with polished sides and seconds hand is a hair line that is still pretty visible and legible in general. The date wheel is standard with a rim surrounding date wheel.

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Movement

The movement for this watch is powered by Seiko 6R15, a proven workhorse movement. The movement is not decorated like most of the Japanese movements / watch and gives you the kind of industrial feel but yet elegant enough. The rotor is again not decorated with things like Geneve stripes that you will usually expect from Swiss made watches but instead, it’s imprinted with wordings like Seiko Time Corp, 23 jewels etc. This is also one of the few Seiko at this price range with a Sapphire case back as well.

Some specifications on 6R15.

  • 23 Jewels, Automatic, bi-directional winding
  • Hacking Seconds
  • Manual Hand Winding
  • 21,600bph
  • Power Reserve of about 50 hours
  • Hours, Minutes, Date
  • Accuracy rated at -15 to +25 seconds per day

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Strap

The strap is a stainless steel bracelet with polished inlets and brushed surface in general. The strap is not exactly the best quality and makes a little noise. It do not really feel very solid but at this price point, it sure is up to the mark. Of course as compared with the dial and case details, it’s certainly not as good. The clasp is the standard double fold clasp with push button release. The surface is brushed with the side polished and compliments well to the overall look of the watch. The brand “Seiko” is etched on it.

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Lume / Wrist Shot

As a dressy watch, it would be sane to see no lume on it. In fact, with the excellent polish and details given on the hands, dial and markers, it shines very nicely under bright light.

A wrist shot below to show its glory.

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4 Comments

  1. Kevin January 14, 2014 8:29 am  Reply

    Please consider selling this watch to me once you get tired of it!

    I just came across this model online and I was so sad to hear that it had been discontinued.

    • Vicardo Ng January 15, 2014 3:02 pm  Reply

      Hi Kevin,

      Thanks for visiting my blog. Not a problem on the selling but I don’t think it will be in near future. I’m still loving it till now at least 🙂

  2. Jon February 7, 2014 3:33 am  Reply

    Hi, could you advise which seller on amazon did you get it from? Been searching for a seller for awhile. Thanks.

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