Seiko Alpinist "impulse buy"

So, this happened.... I was running some errands, when I decided to drop by my local Seiko AD and have a look at what he had in the store. The first thing that really cought my attention was the current Turtle SRPE93, which looked too big, but when it was in wrist, it was just an amazing watch. I also spotted an Alpinist SPB123 and immediately felt like I wanted another Alpinist, after selling my SPB197 last year. However, the SPB123 was not my style, with it's beige dial and green leather strap.

When I got home, I checked my local German watch forum, just to have a look at what Alpinist might be for sale there. That's where I found a SARB017 from 2015, box & papers, with an additional steel bracelet (not on the picture). The price was really great and the watch was only put up for sale the evening before... So I tried my luck.

The seller was from somewhere near Munich and I asked if he would send it over to me. He offered to hand it over directly, due to having business in Munich this week, to which I gladly agreed. A few hours later he asked me if I had time today, so we met up.

If there are two watch series, that I am a fan of, it's the Omega Railmaster and the Seiko Alpinist. I find these watches just speak to me. So it felt right to get one of the OG modern Alpinists.

I wasn't sure if I'd like the green and gilt combination, the pictures and videos, however, don't do it any justice. The watch is so much nicer in real life.

The leather strap is crap and the bracelet it came with isn't a good fit, so it's going to live on the Milanese for the time being.

I'm really happy with the case back, since one of the only gripes I have with the Prospex Alpinists (besides the cyclops) is the unnecessary thickness, due to the see-through case-back.

I guess this could be considered an impulse buy, even though I have been looking for a good Alpinist deal for a while now.

Happy to be back in the Alpinist Club!

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Beautiful watch!

Amazing purchase and I agree, the pictures don't do justice to this dial!

If you're looking to swap straps you can check out our curved rubber straps that fit perfectly the SARB017 or some nato's and epsom leather. You can also preview all of them on your watch before purchasing!

https://sartorialestraps.com/pages/straps-for-seiko-alpinist

Don't forget to use the special watch crunch discount: WC15

SartorialeStraps

Amazing purchase and I agree, the pictures don't do justice to this dial!

If you're looking to swap straps you can check out our curved rubber straps that fit perfectly the SARB017 or some nato's and epsom leather. You can also preview all of them on your watch before purchasing!

https://sartorialestraps.com/pages/straps-for-seiko-alpinist

Don't forget to use the special watch crunch discount: WC15

Awesome! Will definitely keep you guys in mind!

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Also please let me know, if you ever make any Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 38mm straps 馃檹馃徏

norrecc

Awesome! Will definitely keep you guys in mind!

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Also please let me know, if you ever make any Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 38mm straps 馃檹馃徏

is that the 19mm lug width?

SartorialeStraps

is that the 19mm lug width?

Jup

norrecc

Jup

We've been having more and more demand for 19mm, I'm looking into many options will keep you updated once we get stock, are you more interested in rubber, leather or nato?

SartorialeStraps

We've been having more and more demand for 19mm, I'm looking into many options will keep you updated once we get stock, are you more interested in rubber, leather or nato?

For the Aqua Terra definitely rubber... As the Omega robber is around 700鈧, and that's not reasonable in my eyes 馃檲

norrecc

For the Aqua Terra definitely rubber... As the Omega robber is around 700鈧, and that's not reasonable in my eyes 馃檲

hahahhaha fair enough, I'll check out rubber, it'll most probably be a straight end one

I prefer this much more over the one with cyclops. Beautiful watch, enjoy it!

Fantastic find Mark! 馃檶馃徎