Hey all, just wanted to share some pictures of a new arrival. This is a Seiko 5 Sports watch (SRP165K1) with the 4R36 movement that hacks and hand winds. I was pretty excited about this one, because although I liked a lot of other Seikos with the the 7s movement, I could never really warm to them because lack of hand winding is kind of a deal breaker for me. So far I'm really enjoying this one, and I'm really looking forward to the 4Rx hack/hand wind movements making their way through Seiko's less expensive models.
I've had a few other Seiko 5 Sports models, and this one is about the same regarding fit and finish. There are some obvious indications that this is a less expensive watch: the crown is not signed, and the end links are hollow, which is to be expected for the price. I have been very pleasantly surprised by the dial, which is more of a slate grey and not black. It's matte with a very slight sunburst effect at certain angles. I also really like the case, which has wide lugs and has more of an overall cushion shape. The movement finishing is pretty nice, but nothing spectacular. The lume glows like a torch, and the watch fits very comfortably on my 6.5 inch wrist.
Lastly, I know there have been some concerns about accuracy with these 4R hacking/hand winding movements. Right now my watch is running about +7s per day, after about two weeks.
As always, I am impressed with what Seiko can deliver for about $150.
Please pardon the dust in the pictures!