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.) established in 1937. Seiko 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).
This 2020 Seiko Samurai "Great White" SRPD23 draws its DNA from the original Samurai launched in 2004 and was in production until 2008. The 44mm stainless steel cushion case has polished and satin-brushed surfaces that have aggressively angled sides and lugs that curve over your wrist for that comfortable fit. On the right side, a protected screw-down crown with knurling for extra grip. A knurled edged bezel has a dive insert, inspired by the shark (with the first 15-min of the countdown bezel picked out in a shark-grey colour) comes from the collaboration of Seiko with Fabien Cousteau’s (Grandson of Jaques) Ocean Learning Centre, dedicated to the preservation and exploration of our seas, specialized in the study of sharks. On the right side a screw-down crown. Protected by the dive bezel, its flat Hardlex crystal is a specially hardened mineral glass manufactured by Seiko. The wave-patterned dial gives the impression of a rough sea with its peaks and troughs expertly crafted. If you look closer at 8 o’clock you will see the distinctive Dorsal fin of the shark. The applied indexes are broad and coated in LumiBrite. At 3 o’clock a date window. The arrow hands when in the 12 positions resemble a rocket, are coated in LumiBrite, and have a sweeping second hand with a caudal fin (tail fin) counterbalance. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with the Seiko tsunami wave embossed in the center. Inside an Automatic Seiko 4R35, 24 jewels, 21,600 beats per hour. The watch comes fitted on its original 22mm stainless steel bracelet with brushed and polished surfaces complete with a Seiko folding clasp and dive extension. 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 bracelet with its signed clasp, all spare links are included. The watch is from January 2020 and is sold in worn condition, but overall very fair condition as you can see, a few marks here and there as with general wear. The watch comes with our 12-Months Non-Waterproof Warranty.
I will forever be amazed how Seiko makes such large watches that wear so well on the wrist, 44mm and it fits like a glove on my 6 3/4inch wrist, it's all about that lug to lug length, I always say anything under 50mm lug to lug wears well for me and Seiko keep proving it! The dial on this watch is the highlight of the show, see those macros and you'll see exactly what I mean, so much watch for the money and there is no question on that.