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Post by Seppia » Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:27 pm

I had this watch in the past, let it go for a while and recently bought it again here on DWC from Eric (HapaHapa).
If, like me, you are both wrist challenged and with a liking for smaller watches, I definitely recommend you check this one out in person.

Case is 39mm, has a sapphire glass and is powered by the midrange 6r15 movement, screw down crown and 200m WR (so almost ok to shower with it)
Can be bought new for around $330 today, which makes it a total steal and one of the cheapest 6r15 around.

My understanding is that this watch is the "adventurous grandpa watch" over there in Japan, and that's why:

- it's conservatively sized
- it can be dressed up a bit (I had it on a hirsch Siena and I found the combo to be pretty classy), but it retains an explorer-like sporty vibe that will pop out immediately if you put it on a nato.

The crown at 4 operates a pretty-useless-but-cool-nonetheless compass inner bezel, which our rising sun adventurous grandpa probably used to find north and south while hiking in the Kyusū island.

The case is pretty incredible considering the price, and while obviously not as well executed, it reminds me of GS, with its alternating brushed and polished areas.

The only thing that really sucks is the original, faux-croc strap. It's plasticky and you should take it off immediately and toss it in the fire as soon as you open the watch.


Love this one.

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Post by Seppia » Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:29 pm

My title got cut

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Originally it was: the perfect all around affordable for the pussy wristed

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Post by Sidheguitarist » Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:11 pm

Why does that thing look so perfect on the wrist (esp. NATO'd up; that's fantastic), while the 3mm larger Oris 65 seemingly comes off as a "little princess" watch?

At any rate, that Alpinist looks good.
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Post by jswing » Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:35 pm

I always liked that watch, but never bought one because I didn't think it looked good on ANY strap. Until now. Damn, it looks perfect on that nato! :thumbsup:

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Post by blowfish89 » Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:41 pm

I thought it was too small too (I have 7" wrists), but my gf really loved wearing it (hers are slightly under 6.5")
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Post by sierra11b » Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:55 pm

Prices are great on them. I'll have one back soon

A great outdoors watch.

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Post by blowfish89 » Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:59 pm

Gf saw this pic now and wants me to buy it again for her :cry:

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Post by HapaHapa » Thu Dec 24, 2015 2:26 pm

Very nice watch. Totally agree. Would have held onto to her but I have an affinity for chunkyness (I like big butts and I can not lie....)
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Post by Seppia » Thu Dec 24, 2015 2:32 pm

Sidheguitarist wrote:Why does that thing look so perfect on the wrist (esp. NATO'd up; that's fantastic), while the 3mm larger Oris 65 seemingly comes off as a "little princess" watch?
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Because I have small wrists probably (6.5-6.75), while the guys that tried the Oris here are normally sized humans.
I found the Oris 65 to look nothing short of spectacular on me.

Also: isn't the Oris like 40mm?

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Post by CGSshorty » Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:59 pm

I’ve recently become infatuated with this watch but Im pretty sure it would be too small for me. I’m tempted to try one anyway.
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Post by Torrid » Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:32 pm

I’ve wanted one for awhile myself.

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Post by toxicavenger » Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:41 pm

Torrid wrote:
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I’ve wanted one for awhile myself.
Same here :cheers:

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Post by sierra11b » Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:37 am

I have to remind myself that I literally sold it the same day it arrived.

I remember the green sunburst dial being more olive drab and muted rather than that vibrant emerald green seen in most pics. I wonder if I got a bad batch?

I still want one back to give it a worthwhile (>12hr) chance.

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Post by CGSshorty » Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:48 am

What did you think about the size? Too small?
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Post by sierra11b » Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:59 am

No because I have smaller wrists (6.75) but I do remember thinking it was pretty stout

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Post by CGSshorty » Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:59 am

sierra11b wrote:No because I have smaller wrists (6.75) but I do remember thinking it was pretty stout
My wrists aren’t huge. I’ll try to track one down.
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Post by JP Chestnut » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:07 am

Looks pretty chunky.

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Post by CGSshorty » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:15 am

JP Chestnut wrote:Looks pretty chunky.
It looks fairly thick, but I’m worried about the length. That’s the main reason I rarely wear my 556.
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Post by JP Chestnut » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:30 am

CGSshorty wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:15 am
JP Chestnut wrote:Looks pretty chunky.
It looks fairly thick, but I’m worried about the length. That’s the main reason I rarely wear my 556.
It has a small dial/big case look. I wonder if the lug to lug is longer than usual?

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Post by r.palace » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:25 am

I've read LTL is 45-46
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Post by CGSshorty » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:29 am

r.palace wrote:I've read LTL is 45-46
That is really short. It will probably look silly on me.
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Post by 59yukon01 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:57 pm

CGSshorty wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:29 am
r.palace wrote:I've read LTL is 45-46
That is really short. It will probably look silly on me.
Maybe not. Just saw this post on WUS and he says he has an 8" wrist.

http://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?p=44453001
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Post by r.palace » Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:11 pm

Might be the angle of the picture. Hard to believe a sub 40mm watch with short LTL wouldn't look small on a larger wrist
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Post by CGSshorty » Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:17 pm

59yukon01 wrote:
CGSshorty wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:29 am
r.palace wrote:I've read LTL is 45-46
That is really short. It will probably look silly on me.
Maybe not. Just saw this post on WUS and he says he has an 8" wrist.

http://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?p=44453001
What is the thread title? I can’t follow the link because I’ve been locked out of WUS on Tapatalk since the password update.
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Post by 59yukon01 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:21 pm

CGSshorty wrote:
59yukon01 wrote:
CGSshorty wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:29 am
r.palace wrote:I've read LTL is 45-46
That is really short. It will probably look silly on me.
Maybe not. Just saw this post on WUS and he says he has an 8" wrist.

http://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?p=44453001
What is the thread title? I can’t follow the link because I’ve been locked out of WUS on Tapatalk since the password update.
It's in the Seiko forum titled "Official Seiko SARB017 Alpinist thread". That picture was the last page or two I think.
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