The SPB147 is a thick chunky beast

My Seiko SPB147 is watch with which I have an ambivalent and complicated relationship. The list of issues I have with the SPB147 is quite extensive, but it somehow become irrelevant once I strap it on my wrist. That's mostly a credit to ColaReb and their Roma strap that replaced the rather terrible original rubber one.

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The only item on my peeve’s list that still bother me when I wear it is why is it so THICK?? At 14.1mm tall it’s as thick or even thicker than my Marathon MSAR. It does manage to hide it on the wrist, but it’s still at least half a mm thicker than it should be.

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This is the 62MAS reissue, right? There's your answer. Seiko overbuilt it.

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It doesn’t look too big in the photo, if you like wearing it, go for it! Ignore any haters 👍

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TalkingDugong

This is the 62MAS reissue, right? There's your answer. Seiko overbuilt it.

Overbuilt it with what exactly, a misaligned bezel, unsigned crown, and unframed date window?

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I love my SPB143, it always makes me smile when I put it on.

Can I ask what springbars you used for the leather strap as I noticed mine seem to be a lot thicker than normal ones!

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Human_Probably

It doesn’t look too big in the photo, if you like wearing it, go for it! Ignore any haters 👍

It's not the size that bothers me, although it could lose a mm or two there as well, but its thickness. 

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SuperDario

I love my SPB143, it always makes me smile when I put it on.

Can I ask what springbars you used for the leather strap as I noticed mine seem to be a lot thicker than normal ones!

I'm not exactly sure. I either used the spring bars that came with the ColaReb strap or some that I already had in the spare box. Either way I just checked and the original fat spring bars are packed with the rubber strap that came with the SPB147.

So if you are asking if it's possible to use regular 20mm spring bars on a SPB the answer appears to be affirmative. 

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Catskinner

It's not the size that bothers me, although it could lose a mm or two there as well, but its thickness. 

That’s what she said. 

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I love my SPB 143. Thanks for posting. 

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It’s definitely not a slim watch, but Seiko has a great way of hiding a lot of their watches’ thickness with undercuts on polishing of the lower midcase. Have you tried it on the bracelet? That’s how I wear mine 98% of the time, and I find it balances things out quite nicely.

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I considered a 143, 147, or 239 before going completely off course to a GSAR. 

The misalignment and thickness pushed me toward the Marathon... based on your post I'm glad I went the route I did. 

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circleT

It’s definitely not a slim watch, but Seiko has a great way of hiding a lot of their watches’ thickness with undercuts on polishing of the lower midcase. Have you tried it on the bracelet? That’s how I wear mine 98% of the time, and I find it balances things out quite nicely.

The SPB147 isn't sold on a bracelet and even if it did chances are that I would put it on a straps anyway because I'm not a big fan of bracelets.

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KristianG

I considered a 143, 147, or 239 before going completely off course to a GSAR. 

The misalignment and thickness pushed me toward the Marathon... based on your post I'm glad I went the route I did. 

There you have unintentionally uncovered another problem I have with the SPB because when I put it side by side with my Marathon MSAR I can't see anything that would justify its price tag.

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Catskinner

There you have unintentionally uncovered another problem I have with the SPB because when I put it side by side with my Marathon MSAR I can't see anything that would justify its price tag.

I'm finding that Marathon delivers a hell of a watch for the price. 

I think my GSAR keeps the best time of all my automatics, and is built like an absolute tank. 

I'll still likely end up with a 147 or 239 at some point, but I'm not in a rush. 

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KristianG

I'm finding that Marathon delivers a hell of a watch for the price. 

I think my GSAR keeps the best time of all my automatics, and is built like an absolute tank. 

I'll still likely end up with a 147 or 239 at some point, but I'm not in a rush. 

The SPB147 is a very nice dressy diver, and as I wrote in the original post, most of my reservations disappear once I strap it on my wrist. It could have been a fantastic deal at 700-800$. Unfortunately it is priced above 1KU$ which is where it doesn't compare favorably with other watches in the 1-1.5KUS$ price bracket.

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Catskinner

The SPB147 is a very nice dressy diver, and as I wrote in the original post, most of my reservations disappear once I strap it on my wrist. It could have been a fantastic deal at 700-800$. Unfortunately it is priced above 1KU$ which is where it doesn't compare favorably with other watches in the 1-1.5KUS$ price bracket.

Up here they come it at about $1500 CAD before tax, I picked up my GSAR Grey Maple for just over $1600 CAD. 

You're 100% correct about the price pushing them into stiff competition.