Seiko SPB153 Review

Procrastinating Watch Reviews

I just passed the 1 year mark of ownership for the Seiko Willard. I remember being intrigued when this model dropped in 2020. I'd watched/read every review before pulling the trigger. The watch gets its name from the Seiko 6105 worn by Martin Sheen's character, Captain Willard, in the film, Apocalypse Now.

This watch is sublime. I grew up in the 80's, in a trailer, with a Chesterfield which was the exact green of that olive sunburst dial. My late uncle drove a Chevy Nova that was also this same shade of green. It screams Ruth Langmore and that's what makes it so special to me.....Zero Fs when I wear this watch.

The Willard is a 42mm case, which fits like a 40mm. I have 6.75-7inch wrists depending on my salt intake. I find that this Seiko cushion case fits me the best. It hugs the wrist and seems to curve naturally....I don't have any other watch that fits me like this Willard does.

The 6R35 movement is keeping +2 seconds a day which is fine by me. The date window is not obtrusive, and there's no cyclops (thank god).....its a clean look with that slightly raised sapphire crystal.

The combination of the olive green aluminium bezel and sunburst dial makes for a unique look. I've never seen any other watch with this shade of green.....The Harrods Tudor Black Bay comes very close. The minute plots are bone white and raised. The hands are 1/2 brushed and 1/2 polished making for some interesting light play. The stoplight second hand is the cherry on top. I would have preferred no Prospex logo, but i'm nitpicking at this point.

The stock rubber strap is decent. Its better than what came with the Turtles, Monsters etc. of old. But I found it too long and swapped it out for a black tropical as soon as it arrived. Drilled lugs make changing straps a breeze.

For me...this watch entered KEEPER STATUS when I paired it with an Uncle Seiko Z199 bracelet. It took this watch to the next level and I found myself really enjoying the experience.聽

I sold my Seiko Mini-Alpinist because I found myself reaching for this Willard every time. I've owned Turtles, Mini-Turtles, Mini-Tunas, multiple Monsters, Alpinists etc. Of all the variants....this is the best Seiko I've ever owned.

The bezel action is awesome! I find myself playing with it all the time. Its stiffer than what I'm used to, very satisfying. Does the bezel line up?......nope.....a hair to the right......but so does my Tudor Pelagos LHD which costs 5 times as much.....I'll live.

If I could sum up this Seiko Willard it would be to say. This is a watch you can wear comfortably and respectably in a sea of Swiss Heavyweights. This is a watch you can wear on vacation, outdoors, and on any adventure. Its a tool watch for the unapologetic man....its my Green Watch.

AG

Seiko SPB153 Review

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  • Olive Green Perfection
  • Evokes Vintage Vibes
  • Bezel Action
  • Aftermarket Uncle Seiko Z199 Bracelet
  • Good Timekeeping
  • Future Classic
  • Slightly Misaligned bezel....a hair to the right
  • Stock Rubber Strap Too Long
  • Uninspiring Packaging

I love mine. Agree that the packaging is poor for a 拢1000 watch. The rubber strap isn鈥檛 very nice at all. I tried an uncle Seiko beads of rice bracelet. Really comfortable but the different colour of metal vs the case irritated me and it鈥檚 on a tropic now.聽

great write up

Thanks for posting. 聽The Seiko Asymmetric case is forever perfection IMHO. 聽I'd rather Seiko put the money into the watch than the packaging. 聽You might find some interesting strap options at Uncle Seiko.

Yes! Thanks.....I forgot to mention that....there is a slight color difference between the Seiko diashield coated case and the Uncle Seiko steel....I've had the Z199 bracelet on for about 6 months now.....it's not nearly as pronounced as the first day i Installed the bracelet....I still love the combination.

Good review! 馃憤 my grey willard also arrived misaligned. I was so pissed that they misalign a bezel on a 1k watch. I didnt send it back and decided to realign it by myself. I ordered a cheap crystal press on amazon, popped the bezel off, heated the aluminium inlay to get it off, pressed the cleaned up bezel back on the case and glued the inlay back again. Now it is perfectly aligned and i can enjoy the watch 馃槅聽

Thanks, sounds like you鈥檝e found the sweet spot in your Seiko box.聽

Thanks for the review. Love the watch and loved the film. Unfortunately old enough to have watched it in the cinema on it's release. Have always admired Seiko ability to make a big watch comfortable to wear聽

I am waiting on my black edition Willard.. 聽 Thanks for the review

I love my SPB151. 聽Not sure why anyone includes packaging when reviewing watches though.聽

Thanks for this review. I鈥檝e been debating on getting either this one or the Seiko SPB147. I keep flip flopping between the two, but you made a really good point in your review. There鈥檚 nothing like this Willard in the market.聽

navybluemonster

I love my SPB151. 聽Not sure why anyone includes packaging when reviewing watches though.聽

This is a $1000 watch which comes in ur standard cardboard Seiko box. I've gotten Casios with better..... I think for that price presentation matters.

Bellkai

Thanks for this review. I鈥檝e been debating on getting either this one or the Seiko SPB147. I keep flip flopping between the two, but you made a really good point in your review. There鈥檚 nothing like this Willard in the market.聽

The SPB147 is a beauty!! I've been eyeballing these variants for a year now....that's a tough call......Uncle Seiko makes a Z199 for these 62MAS reissues as well which doesn't help lol......absolutely love that bracelet.

For me....the Willard edges out the 62MAS.....but barely.....that 62MAS is a contender.....but there's nothing that looks like the Willard.