In every picture I've seen, the Transocean looks just amazing. In theory, it has everything we have always asked from a Seiko diver:
Clear Seiko DNA
The usual (or even better) great case & dial finish
Better than usual fit
Everything pointed to a big hit, something that could eventually replace the Sumo as the main mid-level Seiko diver.
So what happened? I don't have sales figures, but from the anecdotal evidence I've seen (lack of excitement around here, lack of posts on WRUW threads everywhere), it seems like it hasn't caught on as expected, especially when compared to the Turtles. What is the problem? The price seems to be a bit high, but I don't think it's unfair considering the specs. Is it the integrated bracelet?