The countdown has begun! I will guide you through my watch flipping journey. One by one. From the first to the last. What made me buy it? What made me sell it? Almost 400 watches has come and gone during the years. Instead of boring you with too much technical details I will try to focus on giving you my thoughts and refelections and at the same time trying to add a personal touch to my journey by sharing some moments when the watches has accompanied me through life. Read and enjoy!
Is green and gold the best color combination or what? Most watch nerds might associate
those two colors with Rolex, and perhaps I do too, and that might be the reason
why my mind find them so luxurious together? The green dial and the gold
details is really what make the SARB017, a.k.a. The Alpinist, distinguish
itself from other watches. It also has an inner rotatable bezel with cardinal
directions which is kind of original and even though it’s not considered to be a dive watch it is still
depth rated to 200m. I‘m assuming from the three
mountaintops engraved on the case back and also by its nickname that it's been designed
for climbing or hiking. Seiko has a few other watches also nicknamed ‘Alpinist’, one
among them being the SARB059 (which I will write about later) which looks more
like a SKX dive watch with a crown positioned at 4 o’clock and a regular outer
The first SARB017 I bought was used and came on a padded lizard strap fitted with a
butterfly clasp. The original brown leather felt quite dull and the lizard strap
really gave the watch a facelift. It measured 38mm and was great to wear and
had the fantastic 6r15 movement which ran absolutely perfect. I didn’t like the
polished glass ring though. I think the whole case should have been brushed to
better serve the purpose as a mountain tool watch. Instead it became a sort of crossbreed between a
tool watch and a dress watch.
#104 - The Seiko SARB017. More known as The Alpinist.
I loved the padded lizard strap.
Fishing for autum pike.
I don’t remember when or why I bought my second one. It must have been the
green and gold combination that I once again couldn't resist. I think I sold it quite quickly. I
guess I just had to make sure I had sold it for the right reasons the first
time I had it.
#132 - The second Alpinist. This time on its original leather.
The SARB017 is still available to buy and I would really recommend it to
someone who is looking for a quality watch with a unique design that is
comfortable to wear. A great everyday wearer that is best worn behind the desk
rather than in the wild.