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    Seiko Samurai - Mini Review

    Having spent what is for me, a lot of money on a watch, I thought I’d write a small review of my experience with it so far to provide some reference material for potential owners.


    I’m talking about the Seiko SRBP51 Samurai.

    Dial – waffle pattern is subtle, some days I don’t even notice it. It does give a nice texture to it though. The font is printed cleanly and crisply.

    Hands – I love them! I particularly like the minute hand as it’s a different shape to I’ve had before.

    Indices – Love ‘em! Again, different to I’ve had before. They’re applied and lume filled and look fantastic from acute angles.

    Lume – nuclear. Even on a dull day it glows all night until morning.

    Bezel insert – combination of black, grey and white is a bit different and I like it a lot.

    Bezel action – 120 form clicks with very little horizontal play and no vertical play. Outside edge is nobbled to improve grip.

    Chapter ring and bezel alignment – perfect! I bought this from an AD so had the chance to thoroughly inspect it before deciding to buy it. Why can’t Seiko get them all like this?

    Case shape – turtle-like yet angular but with quite unusual bumpers on the non-crown side. I could live without them but they don’t bother me. The crown guards are excellent, perfect shape and size for me. The case also has short lugs which really helps with the overall size on the wrist.

    Crown shape and action – utilitarian. Nobbly. Quite long. Easy to use with a good winding action and lock position.

    Timekeeping – excellent. Within five seconds per day. It hacks and hand-winds which is always a bonus of this movement.

    Wearability – bracelet is quality if a little heavy. It’s also more unusual than the stock oyster which is a nice change. For being a larger watch (44mm) it doesn’t wear big at all on my 6.75 inch wrist.
    What I really love is the way it looks fantastic on a range of rubbers and natos and I’ve included a few pics.

    Summary – for a larger dive watch it doesn’t wear big or heavy but it does have the wrist presence that I wanted. It’s a Seiko diver but with enough diversity to make a nice change from those I’ve owned before.

    Would I change anything? I’d definitely remove the Prospex logo from the dial but it doesn’t bother me enough to spoil my enjoyment. I’d possibly lose the bumpers by smoothing the case but only possibly as it does help create its identity and the more I look at them the more I like them.

    I hope this info helps.


































    Last edited by TaketheCannoli; 31st January 2019 at 16:32. Reason: Adding pics.

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    I like it, thanks for the review. I could be tempted by one in the future. Any pics on the bracelet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by simesman View Post
    I like it, thanks for the review. I could be tempted by one in the future. Any pics on the bracelet?
    I don't but when I put it back on I'll take some.

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    I have the 'blue lagoon' version which I picked up on SC a month or so ago, I wasn't sure about it prior to buying as the case size and shape isn't something I'd ordinarily choose, immediately it arrived I fitted a nato strap as bracelets just seem to add unwelcome weight and I've worn it a fair bit since, everything lines up as it should, the bezel action is smooth and precise the lume is the usual Seiko, in fact its a very well executed piece, if I became a 'one watch' person there are far far worse watches to choose.
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    Hard to fault really.

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    Great review, I like the artistic Cadbury touch ;)

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    Very nice, and looks to be a perfect size for your wrist.

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    Just playing around with edit:


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    Thanks for the review, I wear mine most days.


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    Iím struggling to find a rubber strap I like. Anyone got any recommendations?

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    Hi David, many thanks for your good review. I've always admired the watch in pictures, but until my brother bought the pepsi version with black dial, I hadn't realized what a superbly made watch it is. I love the case shape, very angular, and weight of it. He has it on the purpose made Strapcode bracelet which is a much better fit and construction over the Seiko one
    I'm going to invest in one soon, but need to flog of some of the divers I already have. One rubber strap I like is the Hirsch 'Extreme', very comfortable but has an 'aggressive' look about it... it also takes fat springbars.

    Rod

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    Excellent thanks Rod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    Iím struggling to find a rubber strap I like. Anyone got any recommendations?
    Isofrane would look good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by troymcclure72 View Post
    Isofrane would look good?
    Definitely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troymcclure72 View Post
    Isofrane would look good?
    Iím considering the Borealis as the Isofrane simply isnít worth the extra cost.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    Iím considering the Borealis as the Isofrane simply isnít worth the extra cost.

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    Yeah, I've just put a Borealis on my Seiko Turtle. Very good for the money. Though I still prefer the isoFranes I've got on other watches but as you say too pricey now.

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    I have the same watch but for some reason it doesnít get much wear. Like you I bought mine from a bricks and mortar store so everything lines up. The only oddity with mine is the lume. Itís ok but nowhere near Seiko monster standards and certainly nothing special. Dial and hands are the same and itís definitely genuine so a bit of a puzzle. I really like the kind of square effect of the case when viewed at an angle. Nothing else quite like it. Like yours mine also keeps excellent time. I did wear mine on a genuine Seiko flat vent but imho the end links on the bracelet work well with the angular lugs so itís back on that. Very under-rated watches imho


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    Thanks for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by troymcclure72 View Post
    Yeah, I've just put a Borealis on my Seiko Turtle. Very good for the money. Though I still prefer the isoFranes I've got on other watches but as you say too pricey now.
    Borealis ordered :)

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    Itís my most worn watch since picking it up on SC around this time last year. The bezel feels tight on mine but itís never annoyed me enough to figure out if it needs looked at or if they are all like that.

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    Always liked the case shape and dial on these , i seem to remember Seiko made the samurai a few years back then discontinued them, is this right ? i ask because i don't like the prospex logo and would like one with out (in titanium if poss) good review BTW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Owl1 View Post
    Always liked the case shape and dial on these , i seem to remember Seiko made the samurai a few years back then discontinued them, is this right ? i ask because i don't like the prospex logo and would like one with out (in titanium if poss) good review BTW.
    Youíre right about the previous model but I donít know if it came in Ti.

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    The previous model did indeed come in Ti - blue and orange dial options I believe. Eddie used to sell them on Timefactors for £99 I seem to remember (!)


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    This thread prompted my to wear mine today, might have to give it an extended bit of wrist time, forgotten how nice it is!IMG_4908.jpg


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    I can honestly say the lume on this is the best Iíve experienced in all my years of watch ownership. With regular daily wear itís still glowing like a torch when the alarm goes off at 6am. I can read it clearly through the night andÖ.I can see it glowing through the quilt!


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    I went for the Borealis and feel it was the right decision. Only problem is that I now want the green, blue and orange ones!

    Also a shot on the bracelet as requested.







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    Looks just right on the Borealis strap! Many thanks for the review by the way...

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    Nice review thanks. I went between Samurai's and Turtle's for a while and bought a Turtle but I think I will try one of these in the future too.

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    I never really looked close at the Sammy...but you have me very interested now ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    I can honestly say the lume on this is the best Iíve experienced in all my years of watch ownership. With regular daily wear itís still glowing like a torch when the alarm goes off at 6am. I can read it clearly through the night andÖ.I can see it glowing through the quilt!
    Hmm, mineís adequate but thatís it. Glows like a torch for 5 minutes after direct sunlight exposure, within another 5 mins itís faded. Oh well, I got the Ďeverything lines up but knackered lumeí model!!


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    Are bezel swaps easy with these, I quite fancy fitting the bezel with the orange quarter.
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    Haha, you must have. I donít understand why theyíre not all the same lume. I went to bed at 11:30 last night and it was still glowing and readable at 6:40 this morning.

    [QUO
    TE=RobDad;5021400]Hmm, mineís adequate but thatís it. Glows like a torch for 5 minutes after direct sunlight exposure, within another 5 mins itís faded. Oh well, I got the Ďeverything lines up but knackered lumeí model!!


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    Thanks for the review, would love to see more of these in the forum!

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    Timekeeping update; +3 seconds over three weeks 😯

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    Brilliant watches, since buying mine I've sold my other blue divers watch.
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    Watchgecko/Zuludiver cordura:


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