The Seiko Samurai comes in both titanium and stainless steel version with different colors but similar design. There are currently five regular models and some limited edition models in the market. They can be collectively referred to as ‘the Samurai family’.
Orange Samurai SBDA005
The titanium ones are made in Japan using the 7S25 movement and sold mainly in the Japanese market while the stainless steel ones are sold in other parts of Asia. They are powered by the 7S35 movement that is made in Malaysia and are cased in Hong Kong/China like most Seiko automatic watches sold in Asia. Due to their unique case and bezel, they are called ‘Samurai’ by Katsu-san (www.higuchi-inc.com).
Besides the Samurai, the Seiko 5 40th Anniversary commemorative divers, SKZ201 and SKZ205, are another pair of recent Seiko divers that come in both titanium and stainless steel version.
There are a number of differences between the titanium and stainless steel Samurai with the crown guards being the most obvious among them. The Ti version comes with crown guards which I prefer. To me, the SS version looks rather odd without a pair of crown guards. I also prefer the hands on the Ti version. The SS comes with very thin hands and people who bought the watch often end up changing the hands. One thing I like about the SS version is the textured dial. However, I prefer the rectangular markers on the dial of the Ti version.
The black SS version comes with gun metal bezel and crown which I really like. The gun metal color makes the watch look tougher. However, I chose the black Ti version because to me, the crown guards are a must for this watch. The black SS version is still very tempting though.
The Ti version comes in three colors namely black, blue and orange while the SS version is only available in black and white.
Stainless steel versions – SNM011 and SNM009
Ti version – SBDA001, SBDA003, SBDA005
I understand that Seiko Thailand has released one or two limited edition version of the Samurai in stainless steel. Unlike the Seiko 5 40th anniversary commemorative divers that commemorate the 40th anniversary of Seiko 5 and Seiko divers, the limited edition Samurai is not a true limited edition watch. Neither are the LE monsters. Too many of these ‘no purpose’ limited edition divers will only burst their own bubble.
Limited edition Samurai SNM017 (picture taken from SCTF)
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