Seikos history began in 1881 when Kintaro Hattori established the K. Hattori retail and repair store. In 1892 Seikosha was established making wall clocks. 1895 saw the production of their first pocket watch. 1913 saw the launch of their first wristwatch, the Laurel. In 1924 the first Seiko was manufactured. Daini Seikosha (now Seiko Instruments Inc.) was established in 1937. Seiko was listed on the Tokyo stock exchange in 1949. The Suwa factory became independent and formed Suwa Seikosha Co., Ltd. (now Seiko Epson Corporation in 1959).
In 2020 Seiko introduced the “King turtle range, the SRPE03 Black Bezel, and Black Dial & SRPE05 Black Bezel and Green dial. Its dimensions are the same as the original Turtle. A 45mm stainless steel cushion case with a lug to lug of 47mm and a thickness of 14mm ensures a comfortable fit on the wrist. At 4 o’clock a large screw-down crown. The case has brushed tops and polished sides that transition with crisp lines. The stainless steel bezel now has a black ceramic dive insert, the outer edge has more aggressive knurling making it much easier to grip. The luminescence has also been upgraded for a brighter charge. A flat sapphire crystal upgrades from the usual Hardlex crystal. Controversially the crystal now has a cyclops magnification above the day/date window at 3 o’clock. Seiko is confident with its water and pressure resistance. The green waffle dial adds a real quality boost over a standard Turtle, applied disc and trapezoid indexes are coated in LumiBrite. Broad hands are coated in LumiBrite with a yellow lollipop counterbalance center seconds hand. The text is precisely printed in white with a yellow “Divers 200m” matching the second’s hand. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with an embossed Seiko Tsunami in the center. Inside an Automatic Seiko Cal. 4R36, 24 jewels, 21600 beats per hour. A powerhouse of movement was first introduced in 2011. The watch comes fitted on a Seiko 22mm green rubber strap with a signed buckle and keeper and comes with its Seiko presentation box and papers.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Seiko box and paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original Seiko rubber strap with a signed buckle. The watch is from July 2021 and is sold in worn but fair condition, likely worn a handful of times at most. The watch comes with its original Manufacturer Warranty.