I want to preface this review by saying that I was allowed to watch “Predator” at way too young of an age. I’m glad I was, as it was a formative film for me. Crazy good action with a sci-fi twist, and some of the best creature design seen in film to date. I was obsessed. It was my goal to obtain all of the Predator toys, comics, trading cards that I could. There was even an attempt at reading the expanded universe novelizations at age 10. While my love for action figures and comic books has faded out as adulthood really kicked in, the closest I could get to a toy from the Predator universe is the refreshed Seiko SNJ029 “Safarnie”. While the black and Pepsi colors were released a few years back, the new Urban Street series sports two brand new colors. The SNJ029 is features khaki accents with a black shrouded case, while the SNJ031 sports a dark green shroud and accents. Both the khaki and green models have been aptly nicknamed as “Safarnies”, but Zach W. and I are officially launching our public campaign for the khaki model to be known as the “Saharnie”. The desert tan accents and strap just make more sense in a desert setting. If you’re willing to jump on board with the new name, make sure to let us know in the comments.
Upon receiving the watch, I was thrilled. It was like cracking open that hard-earned (remember getting paid for chores?) action figure after begging my dad for a Toys-R-Us run. With the watch on wrist (and my three year old fast asleep), I had to fire up the original 1987 Predator film while playing around with the digital features on my watch, and making sure to pause the movie any time there was a good shot of it on screen.
Bushwhacking his way through the jungle en route to the famous “choppa” and avoiding an alien hunter at all costs, Arnold wore the original ana-digi diver that was introduced in 1982 as the Seiko H558. It’s an unapologetically large, 47.8mm tuna-style diver with a shrouded case. The dial is squashed down at 12 to make room for the signature LCD screen that has some key functions that really make the watch more useful during day to day wear. The new model is updated with a new movement with solar charging, an extra 50m of water resistance, and the Prospex logo, but the roots remain traceable right back to the nearly 40-year old model. Let’s take a closer look at this excellent grab-and-go Seiko.