Would you at any point go to a Pepsi dial other than for a Rolex GMT-Master? Before I purchased the Seiko Prospex SRPA21K1 PADI Edition, that idea had never at any point entered my thoughts. Wearing my PADI Edition jumper for this portion of 52Mondayz is a decent token of why blue and red is an extraordinary shading combination for watches when all is said in done and why the “Turtle” is a particularly amazing watch.
We have highlighted many Seiko watches in 52Mondayz and there have been various articles on Seiko’s retro-styled ‘Turtle” jumper. However, the Turtle was never highlighted in our 52Mondayz articles. That’s why it appeared to be proper to wear my Turtle PADI Edition for a week and gather my considerations on it in the wake of having claimed it for very nearly four years.
After four years it’s time to glance back at why I purchased the watch, how it has developed on me and why it has become one of my most worn watches in my assortment. So I’ll center more around the passionate association as opposed to talking about all the specialized data. The current Turtle was presented back in 2015 and shrouded in various articles on Fratello you can discover here and here . I need to zero in additional on the force the Turtle needs to prevail upon you, regardless of whether you are not a fan at first.
The Turtle only wasn’t for me
In the very nearly four years that I have claimed the Seiko SRPA21K1, I have gone gaga for its looks. However, it unquestionably wasn’t “love from the start sight.” Back in 2016 when the PADI coordinated effort was first declared, I didn’t truly focus on it all that amount. In contrast to many, I wasn’t a major enthusiast of the retro looks of the new Turtle. The case shape felt a piece too retro for me — all in all too characterized when it was alluding back to. Indeed, it depended on the incredible Seiko 6309 “Turtle” Diver that Michael composed an extraordinary article about. In any case, an extraordinary story isn’t in every case enough and the looks were not a quick “go” for me.
I additionally had my questions about the shading combination. The blue and red shading combination alludes to the blue and red PADI logo, so it bodes well to utilize it. In any case, it’s something that has consistently turned out best for me on a Rolex GMT-Master due to recorded importance, not on the grounds that I love the “Pepsi” colors per se. As I would see it, a GMT-Master simply should be blue and red as it was made that way. What about that for an idealist position? I have never viewed myself as a perfectionist with regards to observes however this is one of those uncommon occasions.
The plan of the PADI Edition
As referenced before I wasn’t sold looking into the issue shape, the tones, and, in addition, I likewise wasn’t a major aficionado of the various logos on the dial. To get going with the case. Indeed, it’s an ideal portrayal of Seventies plan and it stands apart among today’s watch plans. Yet, it’s not a plan I was a fanatic of especially. The descending confronting, wide case shape didn’t feel fresh. As though there was a great deal of abundance things causing the watch to feel lethargic and drowsy. Particularly compared to the Seiko SBDC031 “Sumo” I previously possessed, the Turtle just didn’t feel as compelling.
Which carries me to the dial of the SRPA21K1. Perhaps the most heard evaluates throughout the years is the, let’s say, “unusual” plan of the Prospex logo. Furthermore, I concur with that. It is something that regularly hinders a spotless looking Seiko dial. It has a similar impact on me as the unusual looking Officine Panerai logo. Don’t misunderstand me, there isn’t anything amiss with a bustling dial. However long it doesn’t feel jumbled and there are no cacophonies. What’s more, that’s precisely how the Prospex logo can feel. For this unique joint effort piece, the PADI logo was likewise added to the dial. Another additional component and another typeface to make the dial even less harmonious.
And ultimately, as you have just perused, the blue and red shading combo simply is something I’m not attracted to right away. I can hear you think, “Why the hellfire did you by any chance purchase the watch?” And you’re right, there were a ton of motivations not to purchase the watch.
Changing from dark to blue
That was until I seen both the Kinetic GMT Diver (SUN065) and the Turtle Diver (SRPA21K1) in the metal. It’s the first occasion when I began accepting my own universe of watches was not simply painted dark. You need to comprehend that exploring towards anything dark is a Pavlovian response for me. Regardless of whether it be dark garments, dark shoes, or dark dialed watches, finding the dark choice simply comes normally to me. Also, dislike dark is the lone choice for me, however it’s the primary choice and frequently the favored one. I just make exemptions on a tennis court, where all tones are an alternative consistently. Indeed, even neon. I’m not kidding.
Both of the Seiko PADI Editions appeared, notwithstanding, that the dark blue shading utilized for the two watches truly is a champ. What’s more, the blue and red shading combination of the Turtle is far superior. Subsequent to giving the two watches a shot, I realized the Turtle was the one to go for. However, I actually had my questions whether I would really wear the watch as opposed to placing it in a cabinet, failing to remember it at any point existed. Because of the staggering €430 sticker price back in 2016, that couldn’t ever have been an exorbitant error so I chose to go for it.
Wearing the SRPA21K1 daily
Once I got the watch, it didn’t promptly develop on me. The situation I had anticipated fundamentally run its course. Initially, I wore the multiple times before I set it back in its container. As anticipated it was battling with my adoration for the Sumo, the other Seiko in my assortment. A definitive cure, in any case, was simple — simply wear it for a more drawn out timeframe. The first occasion when I wore the PADI Edition several days, it transformed into just about fourteen days relentless. Abruptly it clicked and wearing it felt normal. So regular, indeed, that there are not really any watches that have had a similar impact on me.
The state of the case and its 45mm size ended up being great. The watch is inconceivably comfortable on the wrist and it surely doesn’t wear like a major watch in spite of the fact that it has a lot of wrist presence. At the point when you wear the Turtle, you are likewise mindful you’re wearing a watch in view of its weight. I wouldn’t call it hard work yet the weight is very generous. As far as I might be concerned, that ended up being a trigger to make me take a gander at it even more.
Decoding the bits of the puzzle
As far as becoming acclimated to the shape, it’s best to compare it to the Pepsi shading arrangement of the first Rolex GMT-Master. It’s just expected to be this way and that’s its appeal. You become accustomed to it, in any event, when it doesn’t promptly bowl you over. Is it my #1 watch case ever? No, yet I do adore it a great deal. It is remarkable and it’s what characterizes the Seiko Turtle. It’s how it ought to be.
The next thing to talk about is the treated steel wristband. It’s been a subject of discussion over the course of the years with Seiko fans and I get that. The form quality is surely isn’t up to the level of a portion of the extravagance watch marks that individuals like to compare it to. Furthermore, I do figure Seiko can find a way to improve the nature of the bracelet.
Over the right around four years that I have had the SRPA21K1, it has never disturbed me briefly however. For a watch that doesn’t cost €500, the wristband for me is totally comparable to what you can expect at that cost. I like to believe that Seiko is over-conveying with a ton of their divers’ watches thinking about their costs. So it’s difficult to flame broil them for a wristband that is unquestionably comparable to its cost point.
Clever plan or a coincidence?
Which carries me to the dial and the Pepsi shading combination. The tones have developed on me principally on account of the unfathomable blue shade of the dial with the sunray design. It is actually the correct shade of blue and makes an incredible combination with the splendid red. Also, on the off chance that you move the watch in the sunlight, the sunray example will change the blue tone from lighter to more obscure shades of blue. It’s an unfathomable profundity compared to the matte dark dial of the standard Turtle.
The thing that possibly amazed me most after some time is the plan of the dial. Not once has the presence of two logos pestered me. Also, a major piece of that has to do with the way that in any event half of the time, the two logos are covered by the wide hands of the Turtle.
And when the logos are obvious, they don’t draw in a ton of consideration. The tones, the hands, the day/date show, and the brilliant hour markers get my eyes much faster than the Prospex and PADI logos. Furthermore, that’s how it ought to be on the grounds that the vast majority of these components are essential for the utilitarian perusing of time. So in spite of having my questions, the dial is, as I would like to think, totally adjusted and a delight to see notwithstanding having two logos that from the outset disturbed me.
My musings after four years
After that second where the SRPA21K1 and I clicked, I began wearing the Seiko Turtle PADI Edition to an ever increasing extent. Furthermore, frequently several days straight. Over the just about four years I had the SRPA21K1, it has become one of the most loved watches I own. What’s more, a major piece of that is because of the way that I was so doubtful from the outset and how the Turtle PADI has astounded me and had the option to completely prevail upon me. There aren’t numerous watches that can do that.
Next to that, oneself winding Seiko type 4R36 that controls the Turtle, works effectively in both accuracy and unwavering quality. Also, that’s what you need from a day by day mixer. Get it after some season of not wearing it and it begins running. Setting the day, date, and time is staggeringly basic. Also, from that point forward, you’re great to go.
But the primary concern that I like about the Seiko Prospex SRPA21K1 PADI Edition is its wrist presence. I have developed to adore the plan of the case, the dial and particularly the tones. It’s the amount of these parts that makes it an extraordinary watch to wear. What’s more, when you wear this Seiko Turtle PADI Edition or any Seiko Turtle besides, you have the inclination that you are wearing an intense watch. At its present cost of €460, that’s a unique feeling.
And, so I will be the first to advise you to purchase the Seiko Prospex SRPA21K1 PADI Edition. It is an incredible expansion to your assortment and perhaps the most ideal decision in the event that you are searching for one entirely reasonable watch you can wear each day and appreciate each and every time you wear it. Study Seiko .