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    Re: Blue Seiko Alpinist US limited edition Hodinkee

    Quote Originally Posted by LosAngelesTimer View Post
    I received mine a few days back and am still not sure if it's a keeper. Right now, I'm almost more interested in the debate about the watch, how it was released and Seiko's push upmarket than the watch itself.

    I've put together a short rant about the watch. Please check it out and comment if you're so inclined.

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    I agree with you. The controversy over this watch's release has been fascinating to observe. The argument seems to be that LEs are bad for watch collecting. I think that LEs have the power to make watch collecting more interesting. With more LEs distributed through various channels, we can all get something unique. And maybe we'll be more inclined to share and trade with one another. The worst thing we can do it hoard away our unique watches.

    And finally, this community gets very boring when everyone has the same popular watches. You couldn't pay me to own a standard Submariner or Man on the Moon Speedmaster. I need variety and I like a little exclusivity because it's interesting. If everyone showed up to the watch meetup wearing the exact same watch, how boring would this community be?

    I think this little Blue Alpinist will be a great little conversation starter at the next event.

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    Re: Blue Seiko Alpinist US limited edition Hodinkee

    Finally got mine! I’m thinking I need to get a bracelet for this bad boy.


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    Re: Blue Seiko Alpinist US limited edition Hodinkee

    who needs wishful thinkin Crafter Blue when Everest Rubbers fit??

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgoy...qxw345w03c010c
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    Re: Blue Seiko Alpinist US limited edition Hodinkee

    Quote Originally Posted by adashu View Post
    who needs wishful thinkin Crafter Blue when Everest Rubbers fit??

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgoy...qxw345w03c010c
    wish they weren't $230
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    Re: Blue Seiko Alpinist US limited edition Hodinkee

    Quote Originally Posted by valuewatchguy View Post
    wish they weren't $230
    it does suck. only way to get them really is used :(

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    Re: Blue Seiko Alpinist US limited edition Hodinkee

    Quote Originally Posted by cbruce View Post
    And finally, this community gets very boring when everyone has the same popular watches. You couldn't pay me to own a standard Submariner or Man on the Moon Speedmaster. I need variety and I like a little exclusivity because it's interesting. If everyone showed up to the watch meetup wearing the exact same watch, how boring would this community be?
    Wiser words have rarely been spoken. And yet here I am wearing a SARB035... LOL! But I totally hear you. And on the topic, I'm hoping Seiko goes from LE-only on the blue Alpinist to standard production. The green one, no offense to anyone, came off to me as a kitschy trinket you'd find in a Green Bay Packers gift shop. This blue one is both sporty and elegant. The OEM black strap is a mistake (it screams for brown, or the Strapcode oyster for the -017, but not the Angus), so I'm thrilled what it looks like when people throw other great bands on it.

    And to further punctuate, I sort of feel like a moon speedy and a Rolex sub are sort of... I don't know... "expected" in this hobby. Beautiful pieces if I suspend what I know about them, but their ubiquity causes me ennui at times. Again, no offense to anyone in particular.

    EDIT: correction for ambiguous pronouns
    "I think I may make bold to say, that there is neither any other Mechanical or Mathematical thing in the World that is more beautiful or curious in texture than this my watch or Timekeeper for the Longitude..." ~John Harrison F.R.S., 1759

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    Re: Blue Seiko Alpinist US limited edition Hodinkee

    Um, yeah the dial looks nothing like it did in the Honkidee picures... But, in my opinion it doesn't look worse IRL, just.. Different. Not sure which I prefer. The flat matte blue looks more like a field watch whereas this looks like a subdued Alpinist (the green one is very flashy).
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    Re: Blue Seiko Alpinist US limited edition Hodinkee

    Quote Originally Posted by valuewatchguy View Post
    Since I took the OEM STRAP off this is technically not BNIB anymore.....gasp. I haven't made up my mind on this but I wanted to get an idea of different strap pairings. I had a few 20mm sitting around and had 5 minutes for quick cell phone shots so I thought I would share.

    I think I'll be looking for a greenish or grey leather strap.

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    Wow this color combo looks amazing!! Where you get this strap from?

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    Re: Blue Seiko Alpinist US limited edition Hodinkee

    To be honest I'm sure that I could save up a bit to fund one but I am very much still on the fence with the size. I like the 20 mm lug width but with my smaller 7.5" wrist I really am afraid to commit at this point. I guess I'm waiting for some comparison shots with watches such as the 40 mm Hamiliton Khaki Field or the 007 something like that.

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    Re: Blue Seiko Alpinist US limited edition Hodinkee

    Quote Originally Posted by watchninja123 View Post
    Wow this color combo looks amazing!! Where you get this strap from?

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    Diaboliq straps

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