The story goes, and it is 100% true, that a couple of weeks before my summer holidays, I was surfing the net in search of one of those Seiko divers that, for some unknown reasons, we are not allowed to get in Europe and, even less, in Italy . A second story goes that the current amount of online shops that provide original products from Japan is growing at a very fast rate and thanks to the Internet, enthusiasts across the globe, are given direct and real time access to everything and they are slowly becoming more and more aware that there are a lot of differences between what’s on offer in different countries or continents like Japan or the USA and Europe . When it comes to diver’s watch replica es replica and Seiko ‘s products, this gap in offer is even bigger. Thailand , for some unspecified reasons, has a special place in Seiko ‘s heart and since I have known this brand they have already created two exclusive limited edition watch replica es replica for this specific market: the Seiko Prospex Tuna Baby Monster Limited Edition (also known as Seiko Thailand Limited Edition Sumo ) and the Seiko Prospex Silver Sumo Limited Edition SPB029 (also known as Seiko Thailand Limited Edition Sumo ).
If you’re not a watch replica -geek and you’re not spending much time on the Internet, it is quite hard to get information about this well kept secret and about other Seiko special edition models but rest assured that any serious online Japanese selling website will always have on display the coolest JDM ( Japan Domestic Market ) or Limited Edition models you could ever think of. I was recently browsing the pages of ShoppinginJapan , a premium online shop of Japanese electronic and watch replica -related items, and, out of curiosity, I started checking the website’s offer of Prospex watch replica es replica. In that section of the site I came across this watch replica , it was actually out of stock at that moment but it was going to be restocked by the end of August. As you might have understood already, this post will both be a hands on review and a complete buying experience report.
At the end of August, while on vacation, I received an email from the online shop saying that this watch replica had been restocked and, fast as hell, I took my smartphone out and clicked on the link provided in the email to immediately placed the order. After one working week, a delivery man knocked at my door with a parcel in his hands and I was asked to pay about 200 € in import duty and taxes (a cost that I knew already that I would incur because I was custom clearing an item imported from Japan) on top of the about 1000 € that I had paid for the watch replica already. Let’s take a quick moment to talk about my buying experience: all in all it was a good one, the watch replica was safely delivered wrapped inside a sturdy package and all the relevant tags were in the right place as I had explicitely requested the seller when filling out the comments box at the time of placing my order with them. Besides, a sales representative contacted me soon after placing the order to assist me and make sure that transaction would go smoothly given the distance (I’m, however, an experienced online buyer) and provide me with some useful information on how to track the delivery online throughout its long trip from Japan to Naples , Italy . Thumbs up to a very good service, the best one that I have received so far since I have started buying watch replica es replica from Japan (this was not my first time.)
According to my sources, The Seiko Prospex Silver Sumo Limited Edition SPB029 wasn’t exclusively created to celebrate Thailand , but, instead, to celebrate the 25 th anniversary of the presence in Thailand of the King of Power Duty Free (a renowned duty free retailer). The launch of this timepiece a few years ago has been followed this year by the release of a last limited edition watch replica inspired to the standard Seiko Sumo , the Seiko Prospex Sumo SBDC027 50 th Anniversary that was created to celebrate the 50 th anniversary of Seiko divers and, if compared to the Seiko Prospex Silver Sumo Limited Edition SPB029 , it is more on the dressy and sober side.
Generally speaking, the Seiko Prospex Sumo is one of Seiko ’s hot selling watch replica es replica and its standard versions (the Seiko Prospex Scuba SBDC003 and the Seiko Prospex Scuba SBDC001 ) are sold all across Europe (Italy included) at quite a competitive price, given their quality. The first one features a blue dial and a blue matching bezel , the second one features the very same but all in black instead. Overall, it is perhaps the best diver’s watch replica for everyday wear from the famous Prospex line-up, it is a Prospex ( Professional Specification ) and that means that it sports all the features that a true diver’s watch replica from the Japanese manufacturer would boast, such as the ISO 6425 specification (let’s not forget Seiko ‘s important contribution to the creation of this technical specification.)
Besides, it owns a style and a package of widely appreciated features like an acceptable 13mm thickness matched with a 44mm wide case , which is definitely an important width but it won’t look that big once you have placed it around your wrist. Case and bracelet are in stainless steel and the lugs have been slightly curved so as to fit your wrist and have a style that reminds me (I hope that real “purists” won’t nearly fall off their chair when they hear this…) of the Grand Seiko ’s case style, including the holes created so that you can easily remove the bracelet to change it with a replacement rubber strap, something that is usually badly needed during those hot summer days. The main difference between the two timepieces is that the polishing and brushing processes are, in my opinion, carried out using industrial machines, whereas on a Grand Seiko , I’m very sure that they are completely hand-performed .
So where exactly does the Seiko Prospex Silver Sumo Limited Edition SPB029 differ from any other standard Sumo ? I cannot provide you with any official detail but, as you can easily see, the dial is silvery with an eye-catching and somehow mind-blowing wavey pattern sporting the red “ Limited Edition ” lettering and is carefully protected by a sapphire crystal (instead of the Hardlex crystal that is usually applied to standard models). On top of that, above the date window at 3 o’ clock, there is a cyclope lens , something that I would have personally avoided inserting so that the glass could preserve the full silvery “frozen” effect of the dial and the bezel and its tech-savvy style also. The wavey pattern gives this timepiece a somehow crazy and shining effect that is missing in every other Sumo watch replica but is this feature really worth an increase of more than 600 euros over the market price of this watch replica ‘s standard version?
My brain replied with a big fat YES to that question and so did my eyes and hands too when I eventually received the watch replica by post. For that price I now own a cool limited edition timepiece (mine is number 1584 out of 1965 produced items) that comes in a very stylish small metal box and also with a pair of goggles , something that is always useful when you go snorkeling. The quality of this product is high (the only tiny flaw is the bracelet that has a little gap versus case and lugs), it makes a healthy ratcheting sound and its mechanic features are top-notch. The automatic caliber, hence the 6R15 movement, features a hand-wound mechanism with hack seconds , two very good reasons alone to to buy a mechanical Seiko Prospex . Am I curious to find out which the next Seiko Prospex in the pipeline is? I definitely am, but to satisfy my curiosity, I would need to take a trip to Japan in search of the Yellow Sumo and that task could prove a very hard one indeed.