One of the biggest releases of 2016—at least in terms of response and overall adoration from press and enthusiasts alike—was undoubtedly Seiko’s SRP77x “Turtle,” a reissue of Seiko’s iconic ref. 6309 diver. I know numerous collectors who own at least one iteration from this series, and to put a fine point on it, I’m wearing my personal SRP777 as I write this post. Now, I love this watch, as do many others, but I’ll concede that it’s not for everyone. At a hair over 44mm, the SRP is admittedly too large for some wrists, and I’ve heard from a handful of people that they’d buy one if the case were a touch smaller.
Well, it looks like Seiko is (or at least, Seiko Japan is) capping off the year with an answer for those very people—introducing the SRPC35K1, SRPC37K1, SRPC39K1, and SRPC41K1 divers, four new watches from the Japanese firm that eager fans have already nicknamed the “Mini-Turtle.” Ok, that may be a bit misleading. This isn’t just a scaled down take, but rather it’s a surprisingly fresh reinterpretation of the SRP template. An evolution, if you will, and the longer you look at this new series you begin to realize it’s more of its own thing.
The 200-meter rated case measures 42.3mm and features a crown at three o’clock, a departure from the ever-so-slightly recessed crown of the SRP, which is positioned at four. The cushion case here is familiar, though it’s different enough from the classic 6309/SRP silhouette. It has a bit of a Seiko 6105-8000/Doxa vibe, just softened around the edges for a more organic look. A Hardlex crystal sits atop the case.