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    New Captain Willard Prospex Seiko SPB151 & SPB153

    Seiko introduces the new captain Willard prospex Seiko SPB151 & SPB153

    https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/se...ex-introducing



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    for me the word 'SEIKO" seems a tad too low

    and the word "AUTOMATIC" should be under the word SEIKO

    and I don't like the "X"

    the above un-balance the dial that was a very good design in the 6105-8110

    etc.,

    but it is what it is

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    This X (PS) is an absolute nightmare, surely Seiko do market research and given I am yet to come across a favourable comment, they must realise this is not a well received piece of branding.

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    Here as the original versions, except I think the Martin Sheen watch is what's called a PROOF/PROOF


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    I donít really mind the X. I would prefer it without but it would not stop me buying it, if the prices are correct I will have a look at the black dial version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petay993 View Post
    This X (PS) is an absolute nightmare, surely Seiko do market research and given I am yet to come across a favourable comment, they must realise this is not a well received piece of branding.
    Was about to post something similar. People seem to be indifferent to it at best. Less is usually more when it comes to watches IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillN View Post
    for me the word 'SEIKO" seems a tad too low

    and the word "AUTOMATIC" should be under the word SEIKO

    and I don't like the "X"

    the above un-balance the dial that was a very good design in the 6105-8110

    etc.,

    but it is what it is
    I agree and so simple for Seiko to get it correct.

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    They look pretty good ,only thing is that Seiko have released so many prospex watches recently they all blend into one

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    I cant wait to see the green in the flesh instead of a render. If the black version were on silicone that would be a no brainer. But I dont want to pay the extra for a bracelet I'd be taking straight off to fit a silicone strap instead of anyway.

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    Same here, the X has never bothered me. Saying that, the dial layout on the original model is better.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sinnlover View Post
    I donít really mind the X. I would prefer it without but it would not stop me buying it, if the prices are correct I will have a look at the black dial version.

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    Still need to make my mind up whether I like the green dial or not.

    But difficult choice between this and the 62mas/017 reissue - budget will only allow for one and both look pretty darn good!

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    I think that it depends what you are going to do with the watch

    I have quite a lot of watches which I wear in rotation - maybe one a week - and for that I tend to prefer older watches

    Maybe this would be good as an everyday wearer if you only wear or have one or two watches - if to wear regularly. e.g. for a few weeks on holiday, I usually prefer a MM300 or an SKX........

    In any case I think as a daily wearer I would still prefer a 7548, (a quartz watch), or a 6309-7040

    The above does nothing for me, especially when compared to a 6105 or SLA033
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    Quote Originally Posted by petay993 View Post
    This X (PS) is an absolute nightmare, surely Seiko do market research and given I am yet to come across a favourable comment, they must realise this is not a well received piece of branding.
    The X is horrible IMO, just looks like the X Factor logo every time I see it and that's not something I want on my watch. I dislike it enough it would stop me buying any Seiko with that logo on the dial.

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    I thought Timefactors/Smiths were going to do a 40mm version of the PRS-68 (The Baby Willard)

    Perhaps - if people don't like the dial and its layout on the Seiko re-issue, the Smiths would be the better bet?

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    Some additional pictures featured here:

    https://www.thewatchobserver.fr/gall...s#.XpYSj2_TWEc

    I think they look great 👍

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebird84 View Post
    Some additional pictures featured here:

    https://www.thewatchobserver.fr/gall...s#.XpYSj2_TWEc

    I think they look great ūüĎć
    Thanks for that, and don't they just? Green for me, for the reasons I gave in post 9, plus now I've seen actual photos I simply prefer it.

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    In black on the bracelet for me but would need to see it in real life first which could prove difficult at the moment. Not in love with the X but they're on my SPB079 and SLA021 and I don't even notice it when checking the time.

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    These seem to be pretty expensive. I thought they'd been cheaper. At least there will be a second hand market since they're not limited (?), i guess?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebird84 View Post
    Some additional pictures featured here:

    https://www.thewatchobserver.fr/gall...s#.XpYSj2_TWEc

    I think they look great 

    Thanks for posting ,these pictures are much better . The green version looks great

    Another article on these from ABTW.
    https://www.ablogtowatch.com/seiko-r...spb153-models/
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    Letís see how these will measure up against this bad boy.
    No X On this dial

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    The 'X" ruins it for me too. And the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlies View Post

    Let’s see how these will measure up against this bad boy.
    No X On this dial

    Your bezel alignment is a spiritual nod to it's lower budget counterparts though
    Last edited by petay993; 15th April 2020 at 10:16.

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    New Captain Willard Prospex Seiko SPB151 & SPB153

    Looking forward to seeing the green in the metal when my local AD is open.

    Still living the green king turtle I picked up recently.

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    Very tempted. Decent 6105ís are becoming rare (and Iíd be afraid to damage it) and the SLA is magnificent but in a different league.

    Prices have put it out of impulse buying range though so will wait and see.


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    Quote Originally Posted by charlies View Post

    Letís see how these will measure up against this bad boy.
    No X On this dial
    Lovely. Won't measure up, because it's not meant to.

    I've never minded the X, and the better power reserve and smaller size will be nice.

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    Iím a little surprised at the level of dislike for the Prospex logo, I donít have a problem with it at all.

    Having said that, my pet bugbear with Seiko is the use of Ď5í - I will never buy a Seiko with Ď5í on the dial...

    Simon

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    I think I will stick to my old timer


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyg View Post
    I think I will stick to my old timer

    And I can see why, its wonderfull.
    But for people like myself who dont already have an original 6105, dont have the up to 2k asking price for a minter, dont want to enter the potential minefield of non original parts, vintage reliability etc, then a reissue makes massive amounts of sense.
    But yes, if like you I had an original, i would stick with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allthingsblue View Post
    These new models look good, but the SLA033 rocks.

    God that's a great photo!

    The SPB153's face just doesn't compare for me.

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    I like the looks of the new Seiko re-issues but still to big for me and the price. I would prefer the Christopher Ward C65 Trident diver. Even at 41mm it is still a bit big for me but can be had for much less than the Seiko.

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    Picture from @toppersjewelers on IG. Toppers have it on their site for $1,300, not sure if that's ex or inc taxes. Expected June 2020.

    If it's £1,300 here I'll pass but I think it looks great and I really want one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    Picture from @toppersjewelers on IG. Toppers have it on their site for $1,300, not sure if that's ex or inc taxes. Expected June 2020.

    If it's £1,300 here I'll pass but I think it looks great and I really want one.
    It does look great, superb, but will need to be under a grand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    Picture from @toppersjewelers on IG. Toppers have it on their site for $1,300, not sure if that's ex or inc taxes. Expected June 2020.

    If it's £1,300 here I'll pass but I think it looks great and I really want one.
    It looks much better than Seiko's renders, as usual. No fan of the bracelet though, especially the way it fits (or rather, doesn't fit) to the case.

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    go for the original at a similar price

    March 1976



    OK you may have to price in a service and a new band, but the original is a class act

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillN View Post
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    go for the original at a similar price

    March 1976



    OK you may have to price in a service and a new band, but the original is a class act
    That is stunning, and the continued love for it the reason these new ones exist. But there is a finite supply, prices for excellent pieces way above the Toppers price for a new one, and a potential minefield for all but very knowledgeable buyers.
    Even if the Toppers price quoted above is accurate they'll be widely available for 3 figures once the rush (if there is one) has died down, and especially if there is no rush in the first place and units need to be shifted.
    Personally I love vintage style, but prefer a new watch, hence my small collection of reissue turtles and an Oris sixty five. Happy to be called a philistine .

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackW View Post
    It looks much better than Seiko's renders, as usual. No fan of the bracelet though, especially the way it fits (or rather, doesn't fit) to the case.
    I think a waffle or tropic strap would be the way to go.

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    Is the bezel on these new Willard SPB151 and SPB153 ceramic or aluminium ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engi View Post
    Is the bezel on these new Willard SPB151 and SPB153 ceramic or aluminium ?
    v.good question, Seiko a bit tardy on the ceramic in their range, but they did it for the 'king' turtle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redsox78 View Post
    v.good question, Seiko a bit tardy on the ceramic in their range, but they did it for the 'king' turtle.

    In fact, for those new Willard watches non clear info about the material are available on internet (if ceramic or aluminium).

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    Iím pretty sure itís aluminium bezel on the prospex models though I might be wrong

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    Actually I contacted again Seiko, that today officially answered me writing that the bezel insert is CERAMIC

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    Iím loving this green one, really thinking of getting one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klunk View Post
    I think a waffle or tropic strap would be the way to go.
    I would agree, and Uncle Seiko would be your best bet and they have a UK website for fast delivery.

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    OK itís not the real deal and the only thing Seiko about it is the movement but this arrived today ( after giving those thieves RM a handling charge + VAT) but first impression i really like the watch it does not pretend to be the real thing but does a very nice job being itself at a fraction of the price.





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    Not sure about the green, Mart, but the rest looks great - looks like an accurate 19mm strap width, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qatar-wol View Post
    Not sure about the green, Mart, but the rest looks great - looks like an accurate 19mm strap width, too!
    Walter hope you are well ? i chose the green due to the Seiko reissue and really like it strap and it is a 20 mm but again been wearing it today and unlike so many cheap rubber straps not getting that skin shed problem
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    Iím almost ready to push the button on a Steeldive 6105 homage. Real deal is silly money, although Iíd settle on a good 6309 , getting silly though.


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    How much do decent condition vintages cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ollipekka View Post
    How much do decent condition vintages cost?
    Anything up to and above 2k all original.

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