When the Seiko 5 Sports line relaunched in 2019, it did so with a bang. Based on an iconic case shape previously associated with the legendary 007 models, these rugged 42.5mm watches weren’t launched one model at a time, rather they hit with 27 distinct versions, sorted into five overarching categories: Sports, Suits, Specialist, Sense, and Street. Though each is built off of the same blank-watch-canvas, the resulting watches have distinct personalities. That said, of the five categories Sense stands out for being the most abstract concept, as well as creating the most unique set of watches. The Sense series is all about texture and color, combining interesting surface treatments for a final product with an adventurous spirit.
This edition of Pairs Well With, in which we treat a watch not as an accessory to an outfit, but as the inspiration for it, starts with the SRPD77, a watch that has earned the playful nickname “the Avocado.” Featuring a tumbled gunmetal finish on the mid-case and bezel, a dark green bezel insert, and a slightly brighter, creamier green dial, it has an overall dark and earthy appeal. The most eye-catching and memorable detail, however, is the dial texture, which has a rough, organic surface that resembles, if only slightly, the skin of an avocado. An orange highlight seconds hands and a green nylon strap with matching gunmetal hardware tie it all together. The result is a watch that has an undeniable sporty, rugged style, but also appeals on a material level, with diverse surfaces and colors. For more information on the Seiko 5 Sports SRPD77, click here.