Sometimes it's just muddy

Ahhh the Seiko 5 SRPD. I know that it's objectively a decent watch, but I'm prone to falling for the "it's not a 'real' dive watch like the skx was." So I have a complicated relationship with it. It sort of helped kick off my mechanical watch collection, but that mentally stocks with me more than I'd like to admit. But fast forward to my first adventure with it and lo and behold my girlfriend's jeep gets suck on the mud. I immediately got my Trax out and shoved them under the tires, the mud coming up halfway up my calves and forearms. Ahh!! I forgot I had the watch on that's not actually a dive watch! I hurry and take it off and set it aside. That's why it's not on my wrist in the photo above. 

Once we claw our way out, we wash off what we could with the water we had available to us and I washed the Seiko and noticed that the bezel no longer rotated. A little bummed but I thought....that is was the perfect excuse to get another watch. Maybe it would be a real one. We're sitting at a restaurant, exhausted, and I'm looking at my watch more closely. I notice that there are clay bits between the case and the bezel. I look at my girlfriend, who was more bummed about it than I was, and I smirk and say "...I have an idea" I run to the bathroom and run the water as hot as I can over the watch and, sure enough, the clay melts and I can rotate it! We're both really happy and color me quite impressed. 

No mud had gotten into the watch, and I know because I learned how to disassemble the case, bezel, hands, etc. And the crown, which is not screw down in this model, had not pulled out. The bezel works beautifully. Now, I know it can go through some tough scenarios, it's been imbued with some stories, and yet....it's still not a certified "dive watch". It's just all muddy, isn't it? 

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Sounds like a fun adventure lol and I would’ve expected it to keep the mud out since its a dive watch with a screw down crown 

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Namtheman

Sounds like a fun adventure lol and I would’ve expected it to keep the mud out since its a dive watch with a screw down crown 

No, that's what I'm saying! This model is a dive "style" watch. It does NOT have a screw down crown. 

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hmmmmm nice im guessing a specified water resistance of 100 m then

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Namtheman

hmmmmm nice im guessing a specified water resistance of 100 m then

Yea, and generally, that's more than most of us need.  My big worry was with moving my hand in the mud.  I was worried the "suck" from the mud might pull open the crown. But it was all good! 

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I've also stress tested some homages. haha Froze them in ice overnight.  

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Standard procedure is to always wash the watch after activities.  This is very important when diving in salt water but I think we now know mud diving is included lol.

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SurferJohn

Standard procedure is to always wash the watch after activities.  This is very important when diving in salt water but I think we now know mud diving is included lol.

Oh, absolutely! I washed it with the water we had in jugs right at the sight and then with the warm water to break up the little mud bits. She works good as new. 🙂🤙

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Mud certification is fantastic!

kudos Seiko 5 💪👏

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It's nice to know it can handle a dip in the mud.

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So, it was a good test. This Seiko is not certified but it certainly offers some security. As it doesn't have a screwed-down crown, the watch just could not suffer too much pressure or friction with the mud. Now we know is 100m Water and Mud Resist. 😂

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I have an SKX but I must admit I really prefer the way your specific 5KX looks

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zarakai31

I have an SKX but I must admit I really prefer the way your specific 5KX looks

Thank you! I hear you. The one I got has a bit of that faux patina. The indices and hands are beige and the dial has a fadedness to it. The bracelet is actually the original from an skx, though! It's honestly one of my favorite and most comfortable bracelets. 

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Awesome story! I have the SRPD95 on a jubilee, and I love it. I’ve definitely been harsh on this bad boy, and it has had no residual effects. 

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BrettSutton
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Awesome story! I have the SRPD95 on a jubilee, and I love it. I’ve definitely been harsh on this bad boy, and it has had no residual effects. 

Glad you enjoyed it! And good choice. 😁