Alpy SPB209J1

For those who expressed interest in my Seiko Alpinist, this is the younger brother of the Seiko SARB017. 
Thoughts on the updated version of the classic? 

Some differences:

Movement: 6R35 with a whopping 70hr Power Reserve

diashock and jewel count left off the dial 

cyclops date window added 

 Prospex ‘X’ added to dial  

comment below and let me know what you think! Scored this at a very generous price, is the retail asking price of $750 too high? I’ll hold my tongue on that one :) 

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Awesome looking dial!  Not a fan of a second crown/release valve on watches, though.

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It’s a wonderful watch but my beef with Seiko is they need to decide on their font and script balance as a rule. Words that should be small are large and words that aren’t required are added. A simple ‘Seiko’ dial and simple block script saying automatic would be enough with WR on the back case since it’s not ISO. And does it need to be a ProspeX? 

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robdominic

Awesome looking dial!  Not a fan of a second crown/release valve on watches, though.

Rob, The second crown is actually for the compass rotating in the chapter ring. For those in the southern hemisphere, you can point the hour hand at the sun, bisect it with 12 o'clock, and voila! you've found true North (there are limitations, of course.)

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Chewbacca

It’s a wonderful watch but my beef with Seiko is they need to decide on their font and script balance as a rule. Words that should be small are large and words that aren’t required are added. A simple ‘Seiko’ dial and simple block script saying automatic would be enough with WR on the back case since it’s not ISO. And does it need to be a ProspeX? 

I agree it doesn't need to be a ProspeX, but the 200m of water resistance and screw down crown are cool for a so-called "explorers watch". 

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Very cool. I have the cream variant - SPB123 I think? - but this is a great riff on the OG. I personally think these are $500 to $600 watches, but I’m a sucker for the look, I have to admit.