I like the SARB031 so much that I have been wearing it since it arrived on Christmas eve last year. My next purchase will be the SARB003. This watch has been moving in and out of my wish list and this year I am going to get it for sure.
From left: SARB003, SARB031
Both the SARB031 and SARB003 are designed with the characteristics of vintage watches made in the past. The SARB031 is based on a style that was popular in the 50s while the SARB003 is based on a style unique to the 70s.
I do not collect vintage watches but thank to Seiko Mechanical line, I am able to own Seiko watches with vintage inspired designs.
Before I get the SARB003, here’s a vintage 7005-7022 from the 70s that I handled recently.
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The shape of the watch case seems to be very popular during that time. There are other 7005 models that came with similar shape including a 7005 sports diver. Of course watches made by other manufacturers also used a similar case shape.
The style of the coloring on the dial is popular in the 70. Other manufacturer also had similar style of dial coloring during that time.
I also notice that Seiko used a ‘sunburst’ style of brush finishing during that time as opposed to the ‘circular’ style found on Rolex watches. Another thing I notice is that the hour and minute hands are pretty fat and short. This is quite common on many vintage Seiko watches. Lastly, this model does not use the faceted crystal.
Here’s a caseback shot: