In this Sunday morning section, two of our journalists clash in an epic confrontation for the ages. Solid assessments and insane overstatement are welcome (so don’t hesitate to participate with the fun in the comments segment underneath). Also, remember to tell us which watches you’d prefer to see destroyed/unreservedly magnified one week from now. We’ll attempt to highlight as a considerable lot of our perusers’ decisions as we can. This week we celebrate/malign everyone’s most loved legend in a half shell, the Seiko Prospex Automatic SRP777 “Turtle”.
It’s difficult to despise a particularly strong, all around fabricated, very much respected mixer like the SRP777. At the cost, it’s much harder to get something “better”. Yet, as our occupant punch sack, I thought I’d take on that challenge. Above all, a glance back at the cordial fire of last week’s standoff twixt Ben and I.
Under the magnifying lens was the “classic” Cartier Santos De Cartier Large . The size was the genuine staying point here for me, yet the community set me back in my crate. A healthy wallopping to the tune of 84% for Ben and his humongous Santos was the thing to take care of. Yet, regardless. You can’t win ’em all. That’s what makes this so much fun… Thanks, Cartier, for presenting a delicious fight.
But that’s enough of that sweet, gallic darling. Let’s plunge into the irritating waves that beat and player the shores of Japan. It was there that the modest Turtle previously arose, flickering into the light. It would proceed to rouse numerous a maturing watch fan to become tied up with the specialty for the absolute first time. Also, still, a long time after that reality, it keeps on warming the cockles of even the coldest hearts. Talking about which…
Two words: Seiko Turtle. On the off chance that you are even distantly acquainted with watches, odds are you previously ran over this symbol. We have discussed it various occasions; lauded its roughness, the moderate value, the way that the watch is practically indestructible. Nonetheless, we are not by any means the only title to do as such. Quest for the reference number SRP777 and you’ll come across a large number of articles all sharing a comparative assessment about this extraordinary watch from . Such countless columnists can’t not be right. Furthermore, before you ask me the inquiry, dear Rob; no, it’s not a temporary fad thing. The Seiko Prospex Automatic SRP777 “Turtle” is truly that good.
Though I need to concede, what we watch columnists say or believe is a certain something. Watches are not made for us to be glad. They are made to fill a need. For this situation, the Seiko Turtle clearly comes to the market as the most recent reference of an unbelievable diver’s watch. That being the 6309, a notable Japanese jumper that had a life expectancy of 12 years, having been made somewhere in the range of 1976 and 1988. After Seiko halted that creation of the 6309 it left a void on the lookout, until this hotness returned bringing that undeniable look and vintage fondle matched with refreshingly current contacts. The Seiko Turtle SRP777 is a watch that fits everyone’s charge who is searching for a solid, rough, regular games watch that won’t break the bank.
Deary me. I should be an epicurean for discipline. I have a feeling that I’m strolling into the lions’ lair wearing a meat suit. Regardless. Someone’s had the opportunity to say it, regardless of whether this is the most disagreeable assessment of this section so far…
I discover the Seiko Prospex Automatic SRP777 “turtle” underwhelming.
It makes me miserable. Truly, it does. I love turtles. I really love the Teenage Mutant assortment. Over the years,
Balazs: Why do I have the inclination that you aren’t taking this seriously?
Rob: Trust me, I am. Watches and kid’s shows are about the lone things I do pay attention to. However, I have had incalculable Seiko Turtle variations in multitudinous shopping baskets but then I’ve never pulled the trigger on one. And keeping in mind that I envision I will get one ultimately, it certainly won’t be the SRP777.
It isn’t the cost. One can scarcely complain at a particularly respected producer charging pocket change for a worthy update of a set up work of art. The determinations are more than adequate as well. I consider the watch is solid and qualified for reason. Thus in the event that you like the new, clean stylish of the SRP777 its an exceptionally strong decision. In any case, as far as I might be concerned, this model misses the mark regarding being a grand slam. It’s close, however in a world with a huge number of watches to browse (and a colossal choice of Turtles at various times) the subtleties matter. Permit me to clarify my (unbelievably nuanced) position on this specific contestant in the Turtle annals.
We are secured a time of legacy mining. Brands are continually dunking into their set of experiences with the goal of resurrecting old works of art and giving to them the advantages of present day fabricating procedures. I’m a devotee of this. I’ve gone on record commonly before with regards to this procedure. While some might be experiencing legacy exhaustion, I think we’ve got far to go yet. In the event that you need an illustration of how to do it well, look at Breitling’s late reimaginings of vintage classics.
Balazs: Don’t go there, Rob. Tune in, I love Breitling, I really do. Be that as it may, aren’t they expected to deliver new looks also? I mean vintage is cool I’m up for that throughout the day yet aren’t watch brands expected to redefine known limits? Make new models, maybe even new families inside the brand’s portfolio?
Rob: Well, better believe it. I concur completely. What’s more, that’s sort of my moment that it comes to the most recent turtle. My concern with it begins with its heredity. What makes a watch a work of art? Would could it be that makes a vintage model so alluring? It isn’t simply its extents, outline, or particulars. There is regularly a tad of sorcery, a smidgen of energy, or a tad of crude magnificence that goes against reason. Unusually, a product’s shortcomings by present day norms can be its solidarity when glancing in the rearview mirror.
An blamelessness, a genuineness, and congeniality that revamping with the unrivaled and undeniably more clinical plan figures of speech of today can once in a while dark or pulverize completely. This is the place where I’m at with regards to the SRP777. It’s “good”. Be that as it may, I don’t think that its enchanting by any means. If I somehow happened to get one, I would become tied up with the historical backdrop of the line, yet I wouldn’t be buying that model. I would purchase a big motivator for it. Thus I wind up asking, what’s the point? Why not invest some genuine energy (and a smidgen more money) getting one of the old young men that really carried this reach to life?
The endless varieties and odd little subtleties of models made in various areas all through various periods give precisely the sort of assortment I love, love, love to get my teeth into. Be that as it may, truly, however much I need to adore the SRP777 turtle, it leaves me cold. Don’t misunderstand me. I like it. I respect it. Never ever would I ridicule someone or their decision for purchasing or wearing one or one hundred of these little water children. Yet, I just don’t feel anything when I take a gander at it. Do I hate this model? No, I don’t. I scorn that it isn’t a superior leading figure for the Turtle’s new dawn.
Tell me, I’m insane, B. Mention to me what I’m missing. I mean really missing here. Is it better than the models that went previously? Is it in reality great? Or on the other hand is it only “good for the money”?
Balazs: What you are discussing is the well established discussion of vintage or new. This isn’t the inquiry here. Is the SRP777 a cool watch or not? Not compared to either. Indeed or no? I think it is. I’m not taking a gander at the archetypes or the has-beens and ought to have-beens. Would you get it for the measure of cash it costs, with the particular elastic tie it comes on and wear it joyfully to the sea shore, riding your bicycle, getting filthy in the nursery what not? My answer is yes. Furthermore, I say this without intuition regarding the past adaptation the slightest bit. I just don’t care.
Rob: I don’t think I’m just discussing vintage or new. As far as I might be concerned, the “upgraded” current adaptation loses a portion of its allure. It isn’t an enthusiastic association with the past I’m discussing; I’m in a real sense discussing changes to the plan. Most eminently, the dial printing. I preferred the before, more straightforward, marginally goofier dial format. Something little once more, yet little things are significant in watchmaking.
And all the more significantly, I don’t accept that you can simply eliminate a watch from the setting of its delivery while dissecting how “cool” it is or not. Clearly it’s adequate to draw comparisons with different watches when making that evaluation? Since isn’t the purpose of the inquiry to choose whether or not you need to add it to your assortment? I’ve previously yielded I’ve unquestionably been enticed by numerous Turtles before. However, we should, as authorities, be particular in what we purchase. Also, as far as I might be concerned, this new emphasis loses the appeal of its archetypes so much it leaves me deadened. Anyway “good value” the cost represents.
Balazs: You know the second you see the sticker price what’s in store. The Seiko Turtle will convey it and the sky is the limit from there. You won’t discover Geneva stripes or complex in-house developments at this value point. However, you are not searching for one all things considered. I can guarantee you, however, when you remove the watch from the container and tie it on you will feel like 1,000,000 bucks.
Yes, it’s that great. You have something reasonable of wrist bling, we as a whole do around here. In this way, advise me; how often have you gotten the best in class from this and that brand, put it on and you felt “meh”. This won’t be the situation with this watch. Why? Since you don’t expect insane things. Get one and wear it for a couple of hours. Allow the watch to advance toward your heart. You won’t need to take it off once more. Something else, proceed to get those Ninja Turtle, in light of the fact that you’re not develop enough to play with the huge toys.
Rob: Haha, a fierce yet reasonable riposte. I concur that the SRP777 watches address incredible incentive for cash. I agree you would be frantic to be frustrated in what you get at the cost. Be that as it may, as we’ve said on account of considerably more costly watches except if you purchase the one you need, you’ll consistently be left needing. The SRP777 is, all alone, an incredible watch. However, it isn’t the most awesome aspect the brood. As far as I might be concerned, that must be the Seiko 6306 Scubapro 450. An uncommon monster commonly imitated, however extremely valuable (not literally).
And to answer your “meh”- based inquiry: Many occasions. Also, that is by and large how I would feel about the SRP777 just in light of the fact that, anyway great it will be, it isn’t the Turtle that has come nearest to taking my heart.