Seiko SRPD73K2 Review

This is my first SRPD, even though I already own an SRPE53 and an SRPG27, as well as other dive watches with NH35 movements. So I figured, I might own a Seiko dive-style watch as well.

I really hadn't been meaning to buy that watch, it just happened to be on sale on a grey market site, and the price was just too convincing, plus with an SRPD there may be some future modding potential.

I was a little bit surprised when i got it out of the box, as what appeared as white in photos, is actually a little off-white, some form of beige. It gives a little bit of an appearance of gilt, but not quite. The watch case is slightly larger than my SRPE, but you don't really feel it. Part of this experience being the band, which is a 22mm silicone strap. It is very comfortable and lightweight, making the overall watch very easy to wear. That is probably the only surprise: It really doesn't feel like a diver on the wrist. It has less of a presence than my SRPG27 (bracelet).

The dial is pleasant, with the typical Seiko diver pattern, but unlike most most of the Seiko divers it has a faint sunburst pattern. The case is brushed on top, and polished on the side. The bezel is aligned well, and there were no QC issues that I noticed. I don't think I need to say anything about the 4R36 movement.

In typical Seiko fashion the lume is also very bright. The bezel functions just fine, even though the coin edge could have been a little better. 

You know how you have a pair of favorite sneakers that fit well, and you buy the slightly newer version in a different color? This is pretty much what is felt like to me: Very pleasant to look at, yet also very familiar. You'll put it on your wrist without thinking twice about it.

Seiko SRPD73K2 Review

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  • Very reasonable at grey market prices, even compared to what my friend Ali offers
  • Very clean dial and well-balanced design overall
  • Absolutely no surprises, a very consistent experience
  • Strap is very comfortable to wear and lightweight
  • It is a diver-style watch
  • Bezel egde could be upgraded