The holiday watch, which watch to take on holiday.
A question that fills every wis type with dread when holiday time comes around! So many questions, how many do I take? What activities am I likely to be doing? If I take something expensive, am I at risk of having it swiped being in unfamiliar territory? If I take more than 2 watches, how secure is the hotel room safe going to be? So many questions, and a real dilemma for a watch collector when deciding what wrist wear to take on holiday.
Usually when I go way I take at least 3 pieces, a Casio G-Shock is always first on the list for obvious reasons. They can take a bashing and have no issues for any water activities being undertaken.
Next up I’ll usually decide on a Diver of some sort, not necessarily for the pool (most of my divers are vintage so don’t see the depths of the dish bowl, yet alone the swimming pool)! I also enjoy the tool watch style for knocking around in through the day.
I also tend to take something a bit smarter, almost ‘dressy’ if you like, for wearing in the evenings whilst eating at restaurants etc.
Now my watch hobby/addiction/obsession causes my long suffering wife no end of grief, and as this was going to be our first holiday abroad in quite some time, I didn’t want to spend valuable family holiday time changing watches daily throughout the holiday, so I made the decision that I was going to choose one watch to take, but the watch in question needed to be capable of all the criteria above that I would usually entrust to a trio of time pieces! This was going to be an important decision as it’s a very rare occasion indeed that I wear the same watch more than 2 days running, yet alone for a week!
So in short, I needed one watch that could handle the pool and any water activities we embarked on, something that wouldn’t look out of place in any eateries we attended and was tough enough to take the rigours of a holiday abroad with 3 young kids in tow.
So what did I choose?
Looking through my watch box there was an an obvious choice staring at me, the Seiko Alpinist SARB017.
This was a piece that I had managed to snag just as it was announced it was being discontinued and prices started to get silly.
The Alpinist with its 200M water resistance, rugged build quality and strap versatility (come on now, you didn’t think I was going to take one watch without a selection of straps did you)? was the perfect holiday watch and handled everything I needed it to with aplomb.
The green sunburst dial was a joy to watch change hues in the Spanish sun, and the gold applied markers glistened beautifully, almost like liquid gold as they also soaked up the suns rays.
The stock leather strap doesn’t tend to get much love amongst owners, but I found it to be fine once it had been worn in a little, and it made for a good evening wear choice.
Alpinist on stock leather was my ‘dress watch’ option
Having a strap selection which contained options such as a nato, bracelet and military style canvas choices meant I could change up the look of the watch for the various day to day activities being undertaken.
Come on now, one watch without strap options would just be plain wrong, right?
Some more SARB017 shots, just because I can!
And the boring review stuff:
The Seiko Alpinist was originally released in 1961 to accompany the Japanese mountain men, or yamaotoko, on their expeditions to the peaks of the Japanese Alps. The Seiko Alpinist SARB017 features a distinguished design reminiscent of an old era of exploration
Measuring 39.5 millimeters in diameter and 12 millimeters thick, the watch’s polished stainless steel case comes with brushed lugs, giving it a two-toned aesthetic. The defining feature of the Alpinist is the sunburst dial in alpine green. It contrasts against the gold tone of the hands and hour indices, which alternate between even numerals and triangles. The watch comes with a sapphire crystal and a solid stainless steel caseback, which includes an engraving of the Alpinist logo.
Another notable feature is the internal rotating compass bezel, which is controlled by the crown at the 4 o’clock position. The watch is powered by a Seiko 6R15 23-jewel automatic movement that comes equipped with hacking and hand-winding capabilities and a 50-hour power reserve.
• Hand-winding compatible
• Hacking seconds
• 21,600 bph
• Case diameter: 39.5 mm
• Case thickness: 12 mm
• Lug width: 20 mm
• Lug-to-lug: 46.5 mm
• Sapphire crystal
• Date at 3 o’clock
• Rotating inner bezel
• LumiBrite hands and hour markers
• Screw-down crown
• Calf-leather strap
• Water resistance: 200 m
• Made in Japan
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