For many watch enthusiasts, Seiko 5 represents the introduction to a world of mechanical watches. Not only are they made by a brand with one of the most iconic names in the watch world, but they’re inexpensive while still being well-made, widely available, and offer an incredible amount of variety. Seiko 5s come in all flavors, from modern to retro, sporty to dress. Today, we’re focusing on the official relaunch of the Seiko 5 Sports line. With a new logo and collections within the collection, there’s a lot going on here, so let’s get to it.
Seiko 5 Sports
- Case Material: Stainless steel (with various coatings and finishes depending on the model)
- Dial: Various
- Dimensions: 42.5mm
- Crystal: Hardlex
- Water Resistance: 10 bar
- Crown: Push/pull
- Movement: 4R36
- Strap/bracelet: Various, including stainless steel bracelets, nylon, and silicone
- Price: $295-350
- Expected Release in America: October 2019
As a refresher, Seiko 5 was always intended as a sort of introduction or gateway to Seiko’s larger world of mechanical watches. The “5” in Seiko 5 represents the core attributes that all models within the line should have: an automatic movement, a day-date display, water resistance, a recessed crown at the 4:00 position, and a case built to be durable. For decades, Seiko has churned out watches that meet this criteria that have been embraced by collectors and the general public alike. The Sports line within the Seiko 5 category has offered customers a number of upgrades over standard Seiko 5s, including additional water resistance, generous lume, and higher quality materials. These are true go anywhere, do anything watches, and have always represented an exceptional value.
The new generation of Seiko 5 Sports watches are inspired by the colorful, youth-embracing watches of the brand’s past. While there are a huge variety of watches in the collection (27 references in all) they are brought together by a few common factors, including use of the hacking and hand winding 4R36 movement, and a sporty case and general design that bears more than a passing resemblance to a certain iconic Seiko diver.