Hands-On Seiko Presage SPB041J1 Review

Hands-On Seiko Presage SPB041J1 Review


This year, Seiko acquaints the Presage assortment with a more extensive crowd. The assortment previously existed in certain business sectors, however not in Europe for instance. Let’s view one of their oddities, the Seiko Presage SPB041J1.

60 Years Ago

The first wristwatch of Seiko was their Laurel watch, in 1913. Years and years after the fact, in 1956, Seiko presented their first self-winding watch. Precisely 60 years prior. To commemorate, Seiko presented the Presage Chronograph with lacquer dial. Restricted to just 1000 pieces. We expounded on this watch recently ( here ). Another Presage watch that Seiko delivered for this present year, is the Seiko Presage SPB041J. A dress watch with date and force save, all under 1000 Euro. For a few in any case, this is as yet a bewildering measure of cash for a Seiko watch. That is the thing that we will hear regularly, yet to others it is an accomplishment that Seiko can sell a particularly quality item under 1000 Euro. Reality? Peruse on.

Seiko Presage SPB041J1

I have been purchasing Seiko watches myself since Michael Stockton is ready of Fratello Watches and took care of us with his (vintage) Seiko articles from that point forward. Since the time the primary acquisition of a Seiko watch, I am persuaded by the nature of these watches. Regardless of whether it is a Seiko SKX007 , the new SRP777 Turtle , a Marinemaster 300 or even a Grand Seiko , these are for the most part quality watches and offer a lot of value in their own value range. Comparing a Seiko SKX007 to a Marinemaster 300 looks bad, as does comparing a Seiko 5 model to a Grand Seiko. What these watches share for all intents and purpose, is the pride and craftsmanship in every one of them, all alone level.

My outing to Japan a year ago made it clear to me, that Seiko is not kidding business. I actually come across individuals from other (Swiss and German) watch brands who turn their nose okay with anything Seiko on the dial. That is, with all due regard, plain idiotic. It may not generally be your taste when it comes to aesthetics, yet there is little you can scrutinize about the quality.

Presage SPB041J

That said, let’s examine the new Seiko Presage SPB041J1. €895,- is a value that will likewise get you a portion of the Swatch Group marks for instance ( see this rundown for certain thoughts ), something micro brand maybe and very nearly a Sinn 104 . It is a mainstream value class, for the passage level mechanical looks just as some quartz models. The Seiko Presage SPB041J is, at any rate on paper, an incredible competitor in this value range. We got a piece from Seiko Netherlands to have a nearer look.

Dial and Hands

Seiko Presage SPB041J1

We additionally several JDM (Japan Domestic Models) of the Presage, which we will take a gander at later on. In any case, this model for the overall market appears to be a smidgen more ‘rich’ in regards to the dial and utilization of shading. The white dial has this little theme in it, that gives the watch a pleasant touch. The Arabic numerals, hands and sub dial are obviously enlivened – or much more than that – from the first Seiko Laurel from 1913. The typography, the red 12 and state of the hands look very much like. Notwithstanding, you can discuss whether the normal purchaser of such a watch understands this or even thinks about the Seiko Laurel. All things considered, in any event now you do.

Seiko Laurel 1913

Power Reserve and Date

On the left half of the middle pinion, an opening is there to demonstrate the force hold of the watch. The programmed development (all the more later) has 45 hours of force save. Where the first Seiko Laurel wristwatch had a sub seconds dial at 6 o’clock, this new Seiko Presage SBP041J1 utilizes that sub dial for the date. A little hand calls attention to it for you. Sort of abnormal is the way that ‘1’ is at the top rather than ’31’, which makes ’15’ situated a piece to one side of the opposite side of the circle. Notwithstanding, I’ve two or three different watches who additionally have this spread out, however more normal is to see the ’31’ at the top.

Case and Crown

Although you could consider this Seiko Presage to be a dress watch, the case is very massive. The tempered steel case has a 41.5mm width and measures 13.1mm in tallness. Not an incredibly enormous watch, but rather not a little watch by the same token. Some may lean toward a dress watch to be somewhat more slender in any event. The case has an in general cleaned finish, while the highest point of the hauls have a fine silk finish. The gem is somewhat domed and both the bezel and caseback are moderately ‘thick’ also. This makes the watch somewhat thick or even massive, which makes the in any case exemplary planned piece a piece sportier.

If you take a gander at the crown, you will see that the state of it is fundamentally the same as that of the 1913 Seiko Laurel watch that is presented previously. The crown is endorsed with a huge S.

Caliber 6R27 Movement

Through a sapphire gem in the caseback, you can respect the Seiko type 6R27 development in this Presage SPB041J1. It is a workhorse development with a pleasant stripe finish and ‘gold’ etching in the rotor. It has 45 hours of force hold, 29 gems and ticks at 28,800 vibrations each hour. Despite the fact that I am consistently fastidious on developments noticeable through sapphire casebacks, I additionally accept that in this value range, individuals will value a mechanical development they can respect at whatever point they need. It isn’t pretty much as refined as their Grand Seiko developments obviously, however positively can hold up to a portion of its Swiss competitors, particularly in a similar cost range.

Seiko Caliber 6R27 Movement

Strap and buckle

The Seiko Presage SPB041J1 (J represents made in Japan coincidentally) comes on an earthy colored croc lash and a collapsing clasp. The tie is very comfortable and delicate, where I’ve seen a lot stiffer lashes (even from brands at any rate 10x as costly) that took ages to at last wear adequately. The tie is long however, and I have moderately huge wrists. I trust that Seiko additionally offers shorts lashes for these watches. When shutting the clasp, you are slanted to push on the part that says ‘Seiko’ until you hear a firm snap. However, you will see that the snap doesn’t come on the off chance that you push there. You really need to push on the cowhide, pretty much where the delivery catches are situated, as that’s where the little pin fits the opening in the fasten. Simply a tip.

On the Wrist and Some Thoughts

Although I may appear to be somewhat basic a few times in this audit, I do like this watch. A great deal. Not certain on the off chance that it fits me actually, as the lone dress watches I own are vintage ones (such a great deal more modest and more slender) and I ordinarily wear chronographs or in any event, plunging watches. Be that as it may, with a decent dress shirt or long sleeves, I could see myself wearing the Seiko Presage SPB041J during certain occasions.

The finish of the watch is all that you ought to anticipate from a watch in this value range. Great get done with, fascinating dial, extraordinary plan and quality tie. Without a doubt, different brands offer this too in this sub 1000 Euro class, yet I set out to say that I would handily put this Presage SPB041J1 close to a Swiss made watch that will cost half more and you won’t persuade me regarding better quality. Seiko watches have the propensity for being a ton of significant worth for the cash, in any event, when discussing a 2000 Euro Marinemaster or 4000 Euro Grand Seiko.

For Who Is This Watch?

The question that consistently rises, is for who is this Seiko Presage SPB041J1? A rundown cost of €895,- is, at any rate here in Europe, viewed as a considerable amount of cash for a Seiko watch. Individuals will in general gander at brands like Certina, Tissot or Longines for this sort of cash. Maybe not purposeful, as I trust it is likewise absence of mindfulness for Seiko watches in this value range. Notwithstanding, when you can find out about purchasing something Made in Japan rather than Swiss (or German) Made with regards to mechanical watches, it is very simple to get persuaded of the quality this watch needs to offer.

I accept that in the event that you are self-assured enough as a watch aficionado, and searching for a mechanical watch under 1000 Euro that is basically a decent watch and maybe even a talking-piece, the Seiko Presage SPB041J1 I have here before me is an extraordinary choice.

More data by means of the Seiko Presage .


Like some of you, we noticed that the edges around the sub dials are marginally harmed. With the unaided eye, we can’t see this, just with the large scale shots we took or with a loupe. The matter is at present under scrutiny with Seiko.

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