Is the SARB033 still worth the hunt in 2023/2024?

Credit to Reddit user u/brokerdestroyer for the picture. Title says it all. I’m in the market for a black dial watch with stick indicies and the Seiko SARB033 is on the top of my list. Do you think it’s worth it to hunt down? What would you suggest as an alternative if not? The citizen NB1050-59E is a close second for me.

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The short answer is’yes’ it is worth it.

I’ve had three 6R15 based watches, including Sarb033, and one failed after about a year. The other two are going strong after 5+ years. That’s a high failure rate for the 6R15. But in a weird way, a recommendation for a used one. My opinion is; get the best condition used one you can find and your odds of getting a good one are very high. It would already be ‘pre-trialed.’ And it is a fabulous watch!

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Hard to say. I own both watches and I think both are great.

If you have to have a SARB033 then the NB1050, or any other watch for that matter, won't fill the hole.

If you're just in the market for a quality, plain dialed, steel watch, then the NB1050 is an excellent choice. It wears just as good as the SARB, finished on a similar level, AND has the almost scratch proof Duratect coating; you can't really go wrong with it. Lume application is just like any other Citizen: outstanding.

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Not familiar with that Seiko. I have a pretty cool Seiko myself and Seiko watches are tight. I say seek it out. The find will be so rewarding once you have it. Just my humble opinion.

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Man I just watched the citizen one before you commented 😂

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degenerateWA
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Hard to say. I own both watches and I think both are great.

If you have to have a SARB033 then the NB1050, or any other watch for that matter, won't fill the hole.

If you're just in the market for a quality, plain dialed, steel watch, then the NB1050 is an excellent choice. It wears just as good as the SARB, finished on a similar level, AND has the almost scratch proof Duratect coating; you can't really go wrong with it. Lume application is just like any other Citizen: outstanding.

I think the Citizen NB series is way better than the Sarb. The 6R movement is fine but the Miyota 9000 series is a serious step up.

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As a previous owner of both the sarb033 & 35, have to go with no. The bracelet alone is enough to avoid for the high amounts they’re going for second hand.

Can’t speak to the quality of the citizen but it definitely looks good!

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I think the Citizen NB series is way better than the Sarb. The 6R movement is fine but the Miyota 9000 series is a serious step up.

I agree to an extent. I'm not so in-depth with the technical aspects.

They both tell the time good enough for me.

Objectively the Citizen may be better, but there are other aspects not on paper, that I may not be able to quantify, from the Seiko that the Citizen can not replace for me.

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degenerateWA
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Hard to say. I own both watches and I think both are great.

If you have to have a SARB033 then the NB1050, or any other watch for that matter, won't fill the hole.

If you're just in the market for a quality, plain dialed, steel watch, then the NB1050 is an excellent choice. It wears just as good as the SARB, finished on a similar level, AND has the almost scratch proof Duratect coating; you can't really go wrong with it. Lume application is just like any other Citizen: outstanding.

I think the Sarb033 would be cool, since I have a budding collection of “iconic” Seikos but at the end of they day I am just looking for a black dial steel GADA watch. Your video on the citizen was really helpful and you got a lot of good shots

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ColaWatches

I think the Sarb033 would be cool, since I have a budding collection of “iconic” Seikos but at the end of they day I am just looking for a black dial steel GADA watch. Your video on the citizen was really helpful and you got a lot of good shots

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