New to the fold is this Seiko/Lowercase collaboration (Incase you were wondering, Lowercase are a Japanese design consultants headed up by a chap called Yuki Kajiwara).
Taking what is usually a big chunk of a watch, with its trademark mark shroud (hence the Tuna Can name affectionately given to them by Seiko fans), must have been no mean feat but it just works!
At 49.5 millimeters in diameter and 14 millimeters thick, you’re not going to forget that your wearing it (although it is very light), and it’s certainly not going to fit under a shirt cuff at that business meeting. But we can forgive it that for just generally being awesome!
Whilst not branded as a dive watch the SBPEP001 does boast a full 20BAR water resistance so plenty for all but the most extreme of water based activities.
The watch has more functions than you can shake a stick at, including:
Time/Calendar function (including DST); dual time display function, including worldtime with 44 cities, stopwatch, timer & recall functions; solar monitor function; power safe & sleep functions; alarm function (3 separate channels); and a sound demonstration function. It also has a bi-directional bezel.
One of my favourite features though, which embarrassingly took me a while to work out, is that to activate the back light in order to see the watch at night, you simply tap the watch screen and it lights up light a Christmas tree! I can’t tell you how long it took me to figure this one out (I’m not really one for reading manuals)!
It’s also worth noting at this point that the supplied rubber strap is supremely comfortable straight out of the box.
As a massive Casio G-Shock fan as well as a self confessed Seikoholic, this watch does it all for me, it just remains to be seen if the Seiko can take the same amount of abuse that I know from experience G-Shocks can.
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