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Some SEIKO wristwatches are discontinued in 2019.

Seiko announced that they will discontinue some wristwatches in 2019.

The major players are as follows.

I was shocked that the Tulle models are going to be discontinued.

It might undergo a small change and go back on sale later.

  • SBDB011
  • SBDY015
  • SBDY013
  • SBDY027
  • SARX027
  • SARD007
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The Alpinist will make a comeback in Jan 2020.

  1. It has been newly fitted with 6R35 movement. The power reserve has been upgraded to 70hr. *(The 6R15 movement had a 50hr power reserve.)
  2. It will keep the 20 ATM water resistance but will come with a see-through back.
  3. The green dial will remain pretty much the same. It was announced that a black and white contrasting dial will be offered as well.

There aren’t any available photos, and details are subject to change.
But I still can’t wait for it to come out.

SBDC091
 Green dial + Brown leather strap  -- 75000 Yen

SBDC089
 White dial + Black leather strap  -- 75000 Yen

SBDC087
 Black dial + SS bracelet   -- 77000 Yen

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Sayonara Grand Seiko SBGX205, SBGX209

Sayonara Grand Seiko SBGX205, SBGX209

 

Seiko has announced that they have stopped selling the SBGX205, (as well as the SBGX209).
 
The SBGX005 sold since 1997 underwent a minor change and was sold as the SBGX205 for 22 years.

 

Since it was a long seller, and was relatively affordable, it was a best seller.
 

Grand Seiko was only sold within Japan when it went on sale. So this watch was made for Japanese people.

The 36.5mm size was perfect for Japanese people.
   

The curved case differs from the typical flat and straight lines of the recent Grand Seiko.This design was also in style at the time. 

Only the case design was different l, and was polished with SALLAZ polishing.
It uses all of the best technology of Grand Seiko.
 
 
In order for the band to always keep a nice feel, there is a little bit of play between each link.
  
The dial has a special finish. (It is difficult to explain in words). This makes the contrast of the hands really stand out, making them really easy to see.
  
Now, even when I wear this watch, there probably wouldn’t be very many people who would recognize it as a Grand Seiko. It might not suit a younger crowd.

 

However, I think it fits 50+ year old men just fine. So I would like to buy one and keep it a secret from my wife.
Sayonara, Grand Seiko that doesn’t look like a Grand Seiko.

 

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References: Grand Seiko Magazine GS9 (No5 September, 2016)

Sayonara SEIKO SUMO Diver.

Sayonara SEIKO SUMO Diver.

Seiko is to stop production of the SDC031 and SBDC033 wristwatches,
which carry the nickname of “Sumo Diver”.
Ever since these automatic divers watches debuted in the spring of 2007,
they have been a big hit.

 

Not only are they authentic automatic divers watches,
but they are also inexpensive,
which is why I think they were popular.

 

I wonder who gave them the SUMO nickname?
It makes sense now. It is a fitting nickname.

 

Maybe it’s because the case shape resembles a sumo wrestler.

 

I think that the case design also resembles the wrestling ring. 
 

 

I have a Blue Sumo SBDC003. I mainly wear it off.

 

It is rather heavy, which makes it feel like I am wearing a wristwatch,
and it is like a completely different watch when it is on. 
I love the curved case side.

 

I wear it a lot in the summer. I don’t dive myself,
but this watch looks great with casual clothes such as T-shirts. 

 

Come to think of it, the popular SARY055 and SARY057 have also been discontinued. 
I recommended this to those who wanted to dabble in a basic automatic.

 

I can’t wait to see what comes out next.

 

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