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    Great thread. Thanks for sharing. Utter shame. Seiko need to wise up and understand the importance of good customer care and proper after sales in this day and age of internet and social media where reputation and image are imperative in ensuring long term success.
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    Great write up and fantastic photos. Interesting response from Seiko but it seems like your AD did what they could. Personally, the way you and your AD handled the issue is respectable. At the end of the day, these were intended to be diver tool watches at their inception. However I understand that the pricing these days doesn’t reflect that, so the bar of expectations is set high. Enjoy those beautiful watches.


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    Great pictorial and summary of Marinemaster models. For reference the SLA025 and 6159-7000/1 dimensions compare as follows:

    SLA025/6159-7000/1

    Diameter: 44.8/43.6
    Thickness: 15.8/14.0
    Lug2lug: 51/50

    As with all modern throwback Seikos, Seiko has enlarged the watch over the original. Too bad in my book.

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    Too frigging big.

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    Re: Seiko's SLA025 (SBEX007): A Pictorial

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray916MN View Post
    Great pictorial and summary of Marinemaster models. For reference the SLA025 and 6159-7000/1 dimensions compare as follows:

    SLA025/6159-7000/1

    Diameter: 44.8/43.6
    Thickness: 15.8/14.0
    Lug2lug: 51/50

    As with all modern throwback Seikos, Seiko has enlarged the watch over the original. Too bad in my book.
    Yes it is a big watch, very tall and the lack of bracelet doesn't help with balancing that massive case. The strap was also very long as usual.
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    looks fine on my wrist

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    looks fine on my wrist...
    So it does Would you say it also feels at home on your wrist? One of the reasons I added this in my final paragraph: "This is not really a daily beater, at least not for most." I'm guessing you don't fall under "most"...

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    looks fine on my paw

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travelller View Post
    So it does Would you say it also feels at home on your wrist? One of the reasons I added this in my final paragraph: "This is not really a daily beater, at least not for most." I'm guessing you don't fall under "most"... Enjoy
    Well - my wrists are over 8.5" so this wears quite small for me ;) it aint perfect - and its not my daily beater (My Emperors are) but I come from wearing a Rolex Deepsea for 9years as a daily and that was unstable, top heavy and would wobble. I could stop that some by tightening up the brilliant Rolex adjustable bracelet clasp, but it was never right. The SLA025 is more comfortable and more balanced on my wrist and because I have quite flat rather than rounded wrists it sits well and stable. I think it needed a 20-22mm lug width, so a wider band, for stability (the 19mm may be historical but it is bizarre and wrong for the weight/size of the head IMHO). I also think I would have made the bezel spring system more firm and positive, it is light and smooth with 120 clicks, but too easily knocked off alignment for my OCD.

    One thing I like most about it is the clarity of the dial - the proportions of hand to indices to bezel to case. It seems to have achieved perfect form. The main task of a watch is to tell time - but many watches, especially dive watches, have the actual size of dial as too small a percentage of the overall head. The most obvious being the classic GShock Frog where the space given to actual telling the time is a few tiny numbers on the middle left of a massive dial/case. Reading the time on the SLA025 is instant due to clarity and proportion. It just pops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    ...I come from wearing a Rolex Deepsea for 9years as a daily and that was unstable, top heavy and would wobble ... The SLA025 is more comfortable and more balanced on my wrist and because I have quite flat rather than rounded wrists it sits well and stable. I think it needed a 20-22mm lug width ... I would have made the bezel spring system more firm and positive, it is light and smooth with 120 clicks, but too easily knocked off alignment ... One thing I like most about it is the clarity of the dial - the proportions of hand to indices to bezel to case...
    Agree with your assessments - the dial IS perfectly proportioned and one of my favorite aspects of the watch as well

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    Re. Deepsea - I am willing to bet the 2nd Gen (126660?) would fare better in that regard, thanks to the changes to lugs / bracelet width. My 126600 SD is perfect in that regard; yes, there's some mvmt (as with most divers on bracelets) but it's minimal and it's not apparent when in use. It's by far my best "diver" and would be one of the last to go should I ever need to think out my humble collection... !

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