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Vintage design

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:

Watch belongs to Big Time@Tekka


2 responses to “Vintage design

  1. Jaap-Wim 16/01/2008 at 10:37 pm

    i followed you\’re story, from dreaming to have one till the moment you received you\’re watch. Now in one review you show a picture of the SCVS013 vs. the SARB031 about thickness, but what i would like to know is, what is the size from lug to lug, so not the lugsize, you said somewhere that is 19 mm if i\’m correct. I mean the size from lug to lug measured across the dial. Also, where did you buy youre watch, i don\’t live in Japan but in Europe, Netherlands.
    Hope you can help me out. Thank you very much.
    Friendly greetings,

  2. Yeoman 17/01/2008 at 10:32 am

    Hi Jaap-Wim,
    The lug size is 19mm and lug to lug is 44mm. Please have a look at the picture in the link below to see if this is what you are referring to.

    You can purchase the watch from the Japanese sites below. They ship worldwide.

    Best regards,

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