When it comes to giving "first watch" advice, the Seiko 5 has always been part of the conversation. The basic models are the most affordable mechanical watches out there, and possess a genuinely timeless cool. They haven't been officially sold in the UK for some time now, however.
Seiko has now launched a new range, the Seiko 5 Sports, comprising 18 entry-level dive watches. They sit just below the Prospex divers in terms of price and quality, and make for perfect first watches or everyday wearers for established watch collectors. Click through to see the full collection.
Seiko 5 was first introduced in the 1960s with the 5 referring to the watch's five key attributes: automatic movement, day-date display, water resistance, recessed crown, durable case.
This 2019 Seiko 5 Sports collection celebrates the shape of the original 1960s case with a recessed crown at the four o'clock position.
Other common features are the arrow-shaped hand set and unidirectional dive bezel. These watches add a new stylised "5" logo that's almost wrought into the shape of a shield.
Starting at £250, the Seiko 5 Sports collection uses Hardlex crystal rather than sapphire or mineral glass.
The new collection comprises of 18 variations, such as this gun metal PVD treated case.
And this nod to bimetal trends, in steel with gold tone highlights on the bezel and dial.
The collection is divided into Sports, Suits, Specialist, Street and Sense lines offering pieces geared towards every occasion. This is "Sports" style.
This orange dial is a particular favourite of ours, with the bright colour borrowed from the ever-popular Seiko "Orange Monster" Prospex Diver.
The watches are offered on either fabric straps, steel bracelets or these on-trend Milanese mesh bracelets - which push the price up a little more.
While it was first launched in the 1960s and has been a firm favourite globally since then, Seiko in the UK hasn't offered the watches through stores in recent years.
But as the company extends the Prospex line-up into new price segments by adding more expensive pieces to the collection, reintroducing the Seiko 5 makes sure that customers looking to spend a few hundred pounds aren't ignored.
Seiko will offer the new Seiko 5 collection through its network of retailers as well as selling direct.
Each watch offers water resistance to 100m and features an exhibition back showing the automatic Calibre 4R36 inside.
The 21,600vph movement offers a useful power reserve of 41 hours.
While the specifications suggest a less than impressive daily rate variation of +45sec/-35sec...
...we've lived with the same movement, inside last year's Prospex SRPC49K1 'Ninja Turtle', for well over a year now and haven't had a problem with it.
It might not win any accuracy awards, but the new Seiko 5 collection does present a new option in that all-important 'First Proper Watch' debate. For more information visit https://www.seiko5sports.com/en/