Seiko SLA017 A Tad Steep? Maybe The New SPB051 Or SPB053 Might Soothe The Pain

If the SLA017 price had you reaching for a bottle of anti-depressants maybe one of these two might improve your mood. These more reasonably priced “proletariat” versions are also in steel with 200m ratings and a hardened coating. Case dimensions are a slightly less “faithful” 42.6mm x 13.8mm. Inside ticks Seiko’s workhorse caliber 6R15 at 21,600 vph, a 50 hour power reserve and antimagnetic to 4,800 A/m (amperes per meter). Pricing is slightly less bottom clenching €1,100 (circa $1186 USD) for SPB051 and €900 ($971) for the SPB053 with rubber strap only.

Personally I change the hands to something closer to the originals or maybe source a set of SLA017 re-issue hands. Once done, if you can live with a totally redundant “X” in the middle of your dial, you’d have a very decent looking watch for a quarter of the price of the true re-issue.

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