Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Seiko box and Seiko paperwork. The watch comes paired with its original Seiko stainless steel bracelet with a signed folding clasp. The watch is from April 2020 and is sold in worn condition, but overall very fair condition as you can see from the photos, wear to the clasp and bracelet. The watch comes with its original Manufacturer Warranty.
Seikos history began in 1881 when Kintaro Hattori established the K. Hattori retail and repair store. In 1892 Seikosha was established to make 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).
Here we have a 2022 Seiko King Turtle Padi Special Edition. In 2020 Seiko introduced the “King Turtle" range. 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 13mm 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, with light blue numerals marking the first 20-minutes, and 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. The black waffle dial adds a real quality boost over a standard Turtle, applied disc and trapezoid indexes are coated in LumiBrite. A broad sword hand and a light blue arrow hand are coated in LumiBrite with a lollipop counterbalance centre seconds hand. The text is precisely printed in silver with “PADI” at 6 o’clock. PADI stands for The Professional Association of Diving Instructors it is one of the worlds leading scuba diving training organisations. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with an embossed Seiko Tsunami in the centre. Inside an Automatic Seiko Cal. 4R36, 24 jewels, 21,600 beats per hour. A powerhouse of movement was first introduced in 2011. The watch comes fitted on a Seiko 22mm stainless steel bracelet with a signed folding clasp and also comes with its Seiko presentation box and papers.
I will be biased towards this watch as it is one I purchased for myself and on my honeymoon, I wore it every day in Turkey and seriously enjoyed it! However, anyone who knows me knows that I almost always wear vintage, so my modern watches don't get much wear and with a watch this good looking I would rather someone else enjoy it.