In 2006, the fifth-generation Alpinist watches — the SARB013 (beige dial), SARB015 (black dial) and SARB017 (green dial) — forced their entrance into the watch world, and straight into the hearts of the fans. All the watches featured the in-house 6R15 automated movement, as well as water resistance of around 200 meters.
The green-dialled Alpinist — the SARB017, with its tasteful and one of a kind color combinations instantly became a cult favourite. Without compromising on style and panache understandably so, as the watch may take you out of business meetings to happy hour. It wasn’t surprising then, these 3 versions became the longest available on the market — at 2018 till their discontinuation.
Not long after, in 2009, the seventh-generation Alpinists were established. SARB063, SARB061 and the SARB059 have been Seiko Alpinist Takeshi Mizukoshi limited-edition versions that are all-black. But they failed to unveil the fame of the Green Alpinist’SARB017′.
The Green Alpinist, as the SARB017 is fondly called, runs on the in-house 6R15 automatic calibre movement, which, due to its Spron 510 mainspring, boasts extreme accuracy and has up to 50 hours of power reserve.
It sports the Diashock system of Seiko and an anti-scratch sapphire crystal. This is the anti-shock method for its watches that shields against violent impacts, ensuring their accuracy of actually the brand.
The Alpinist SARB017 additionally boasts a rotating compass bezel that is operated by the next crown found at the 4 o’clock position. What is more, it sports a plus for a watch that is non-dive, a 200m water-resistance! An brownish crocodile-patterned calf leather strap completes the layout.
With the Green Alpinist was every watch lover’s favorite. And many predicted that it will be a matter of time before Seiko brings it backagain.
True and as called and the Seiko Alpinist, by popular demand is back with new models launched in January! And they are more suave and striking than ever! The best part? The cult-favourite Green Alpinist model is back, too, with specs that are upgraded!
Launched under Seiko’s Prospex set — the new Alpinist comes in four different versions: SPB117J1 (black dial & steel bracelet), SPB119J1 (beige dial & black leather strap), SPB121J1 (legendary green dial & brown leather strap), along with SPB123J1 (beige dial & green leather strap).
These new versions run on the Seiko 6R35 movement, which boasts a solid 70 hours of power reserve and 24 jewels — compared to the previous 6R15 calibre movement with 23 stones and 50-hour power reserve.
As it happens, Seiko retained or upgraded all our favourite features. How cool is that? Apart from the updated movement with an additional 20 hours the watches comprise a date magnifier and anti-reflective coating .
However, since they are now under the Prospex lineup, the Prospex”X” logo is currently visible at 6 o’clock. This replaces the words”Diashock 23 Jewels” of the old models.