We all know the typical scene in the cult classic movies Commando and Predator. Arnold Schwarzenneger is lurking in the shadows, his face painted in camouflage. He’s towing an obnoxiously big weapon, waiting for the perfect time to carry out a surprise attack. As watch enthusiasts (and movie nerds), we already know what watch is accompanying him; the iconic Seiko H558-5009 or appropriately nicknamed the “Arnie”. Yesterday morning, and in John Matrix or Alan Schaefer fashion, Seiko caught us all off guard with several unexpected releases including a trio of new Arnies. The recognizable Ani-Digi divers get a refreshed look and a couple of new features. Forgive me, but this is way too obvious not to say, Arnie is back.
At first glance, there are a few changes within the case and dial layout. Starting with the case, you’ll notice that the right side now has a set of three crowns and a lone crown at eight o’clock. The crown positioning has changed, but the functions remain the same. The singular crown at eight, as well as the crown now positioned at two, still manages the digital display and functions. The crown at four controls the new dive mode feature (more on that in a bit). For those uninitiated to the Arnie, each of these crowns are also equipped with a built-in button to assist with initiating and stopping the different timing functions. The case leans out a tad when compared to previous iterations, coming in at 46.9 mm wide (a millimeter smaller) and still a substantial 14.2 mm thick.