Seiko's 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). First introduced as the Seiko Sportsmatic 5 in 1963 it became an instant bestseller for Seiko. Seiko 5 is the longest continuously running sub-brand in the Seiko family. The 5 stands for the watches 5 principle attributes: Diaflex (unbreakable mainspring), Diashock (Seiko's shock-resistant design, equivalent to the Swiss "Incabloc"), Automatic winding, day/date indication, and Water-resistant. In 2019 Seiko decided to modernise the Seiko 5 changing the logo to a stylised “S” and creating 5 categories Sports, Suits, Specialist, Street, and Sense. Each model has the aesthetics of the past but with an added flourish of modernism.
Our Seiko 5 SRPD79K1 is in the Sports category, it has a 42.5mm stainless steel case and has a proprietary Seiko black hard coating, for a stealth look. The case design is very similar to the Seiko SKX models. Satin-brushed surfaces continue the stealth theme. At 4 o’clock a crown is protected by shoulders. A lug to lug length of 46mm and a thickness of 13mm gives the watch a great wrist presence. Water-resistant to 10 Bar. The 60-minute unidirectional stainless steel bezel has a black insert with grey numerals, the edge is deeply knurled for better grip and a satisfying click. A flat hardlex crystal sits above the matte black dial. An outer chapter ring with grey applied disc indexes filled with LumiBrite. At 3 o’clock a day/date window. Grey broad arrow and syringe hands are coated in LumiBrite. On the reverse, a hardlex exhibition screw-down case back. Inside an Automatic Seiko Cal. 4R36, 24 jewels, 21,600 beats per hour. Features both hand-winding and hacking for your convenience. The watch comes fitted on its Seiko 22mm black. nylon strap with a signed buckle. Comes with its Seiko presentation box.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Seiko box, no paperwork is provided with the box. The watch comes paired with its original Seiko signed NATO strap. The watch is from Circa. 2021 and is sold in worn condition, but overall very fair condition as you can see. The watch comes with our 12-Months Non-Waterproof Warranty.
Personally, I am a big fan of the "5KX" series as it gives you everything want when modding an SKX but a fraction of the price, that to me is a good deal! Granted, you don't have the screw-down crown, the ISO certification, and all the other bells and whistles you had with the SKX, but how many of us really ever needed those added features? I personally would rather more designs, and some truly great designs at that, than the same SKX for more years...