Does the utilization of the shading green make for a characteristic and competitive fight between the Rolex Submariner Hulk and the recently delivered Seiko SLA019 or is there just a lot of that isolates these profound water device watches to make the comparison intriguing? All things considered, since you’re here and in light of the fact that the two watches are imagined next to each other, you realize that we will investigate. Truth be told, we’ll spend in excess of a superficial measure of time with every one of these jumpers since, more than declaring one the victor, it’s a pleasant chance to take a gander two or three models that are among the most well known inside each brand’s lineup.
Hailing from Geneva, Switzerland, the Rolex Submariner Hulk 116610LV is a watch that shocked individuals when it was first uncovered at Baselworld in 2010. It was during the current year’s show that Rolex took the earth shattering action away from its long-running 16610 Submariner Date and supplanted it with another 116610 complete with an artistic bezel, recently styled fasten, and a chunkier, yet still 40mm in distance across, “maxi” case. Nonetheless, maybe understanding that its earlier green bezel, yet dark dialed 16610LV “Kermit” was so mainstream, Rolex tossed us a genuine trump card by coming out with another all-dark Submariner Date, yet in addition an all-green form in what right away got known as the “Mass”. For a few, the all-green piece was promptly detested, some adored it for its trump card daringness, and others thought of it as a gained taste. 8 years on, you could consider me in the camp of the last gathering since it has at last developed on me. In any case, it’s a mainstream watch and like most other spotless Rolex sports watches , it is difficult to acquire one at your neighborhood AD without wasting time for quite a long time or months on stand-by. Full revelation: the Hulk is claimed by an old buddy. He wears it day by day as the top of an ER unit at an enormous medical clinic. In this manner, my conciliatory sentiments for the scratches and infrequent grime.
The Rolex Submariner Hulk comes in at 40mm in measurement, 48mm carry to drag, 12.5mm thick, and contains 20mm hauls. Water opposition is evaluated to 300M. It’s developed from 904L treated steel and is matched with an Oyster wristband with Oysterlock catch and the licensed Glidelock expansion framework that permits the watch to be acclimated to fit anything from a wetsuit to managing a changing wrist size during temperature limits. The bezel is made of green “cerachrom”, is uni-directional and turns with 120 ticks. Inside, we have the admired cal 3135 programmed with 31 gems beating at 28,800 bph. It hacks, includes a quickset date and a force save of 48 hours. As an or more, it’s chronometer evaluated. The retail cost in Gerany is 8200 Euros.
In the contrary corner, brought up in Tokyo, Japan, we have the pristine Seiko SLA019. We initially saw this unexpected presentation at Baselworld 2018 as one of a few pieces gave to commemorate the year 1968 – the time of Seiko’s first Professional jumper. At the point when I say it was an astonishment, the SLA019 was sudden in light of the fact that it was unmistakably an advancement of the popular and as of late ceased Marinemaster 300 (the SBDX017 or prior reference SBDX001) and it was and is green. Regarding the 1968 tie, beside the way that the Marinemaster 300 style of case has clear genealogy with the 60’s jumper, the green evidently references the timberlands of Yakushima island and this area is a celebrated plunging spot. It’s a span, yet the actual watch is fortunately a genuine looker. More than this, however, the SLA019 carries two moves up to the Marinemaster case that authorities have been asking for: a fired bezel and a sapphire gem. Full exposure: I bought the SLA019 every month prior from the extraordinary group at the Seiko Frankfurt Boutique. A major gratitude to them for discovering this pursued and destined to be sold-out watch.
The Seiko SLA019 tips the scales at 44.3mm in distance across, contains a drag to carry size of 50.5mm and a thickness of 15.4mm. The watch is covered in scratchproof DiaShield and is a “front-loader” case shrewd. The watch brags 300M water opposition, is made of spotless and comes outfitted with both a silicone plunging lash and an impeccable wristband complete with a tightening wetsuit augmentation. The bezel is made of green Zirconia, is uni-directional and is of the 120-click variety.
The Seiko SLA019 sports the carefully assembled 8L35 programmed with 26 gems beating at 28,800 bph. Like the Rolex, the Seiko hacks, contains a quickset date, however has a force hold of 50 hours. The retail cost in Europe is 3200 Euros.
Now that we have the nuts and bolts far removed, we should get into the audits of the Rolex Submariner Hulk and Seiko SLA019. Be that as it may, before we jump into, a few focuses need explanation. In the first place, the Seiko SLA019 is quite a watch and for some, it got the important redesigns to additionally back up its “goliath executioner” notoriety. Second, and I will clarify why, the Seiko SLA019 essentially isn’t the Rolex Submariner Hulk in spite of the shading similitude. Thus, in the event that you were expecting a significant bombshell, you can quit perusing now.
I’ll be transparent; I stop barely shy of disdaining the maxi-cases that are found on the main part of the cutting edge Rolex sports watch setup. We have an unbelievable brand that would never be blamed for making lovely watches, however the games pieces that originate before watches, for example, the Rolex Submariner Hulk look emphatically elegant versus these block like constructions. Robert-Jan speculates that Rolex gave their watches more visual heave (like, significantly more) to help conciliate the individuals who complained about Subs being “just” 40mm, while as yet groveling to the steadfast. Whatever it is, I’m as yet not completely sold, yet the hostility doesn’t run so hot any more. This is the main genuine measure of time I’ve gone through with a maxi-cased example and I can reveal to you that, fortunately, it seems like a genuine Rolex. Interpretation: it’s strong and seemss as though it were cut from a strong square of steel. With its brilliant fasten and strong fitments, the enchanting shaking that once accompanied Rolex watches is gone (something I love yet many detested). Also, in green in any event, I think the thickness blurs when the watch is on the wrist.
As referenced, the Rolex Submariner Hulk feels extraordinary on the wrist. With its thin tallness and extraordinary completing, it’s exceptionally adaptable also. Some may say that it stops barely shy of having the option to work in more conventional circumstances like a customary dark Sub, yet I will in general believe that the dark green emanating dial oozes a tastefulness that permits it to hype more than one may might suspect. What’s more, despite the fact that the bezel comes off as a lighter shade when compared to the dial, it doesn’t really diminish the all out picture by making the watch look too casual.
When it comes to the wristband on the Rolex Submariner Hulk, I actually like the pleasant lightweight feel of more established stepped Rolex fastens, however I can’t reject that this catch is flawlessly created. The fliplock is smooth and the “tongue” is pivoted to help discharge the fasten itself. The Glidelock wetsuit expansion is something to wonder about, however (indeed, this one is messy). It’s smooth and too simple to utilize. The arm band itself is common Rolex and that implies top class completing and genuine comfort combined with tightened joins that make changes a breeze.
When it comes to the Seiko SLA019, I was turned on by its tone in combination with the previously mentioned material redesigns. All things considered, however, I had audited the SBDX017
Plus, the sapphire precious stone on the Seiko SLA019 is level. The entirety of this gives the watch a less internally inclining look that claims more to me.
I can’t help contradicting the individuals who say that the Seiko SLA019 can’t be worn on more modest wrists. Notwithstanding having a bigger haul to drag than the Rolex, the magnificently executed case feels fine on me. On the negative side, it is tall and it is heavy.
These credits make the Seiko less adaptable than the Rolex in my eyes. The Seiko SLA019 battles to fit under a shirtsleeve and that is somewhat of a disgrace since it has a general tasteful that would permit it to work in most environments.
And at that point there’s that wristband. Seiko arm bands are the objective of a wide range of toxin because of everything going from the overall plan to the completion nature of the catch. Tossing prominent sentiment aside, I concluded that I was betting everything with the wristband to truly scrutinize it on the Seiko SLA019. My inclination subsequent to wearing this watch for some time is that it’s utilitarian and not even close as dislikable as some depict. No, I don’t care for the cleaned strips on the connections and the utilization of pin and collars to eliminate joins is quite frail, yet the completing is sufficiently decent and it is comfortable.
The catch, however, is somewhat of an alternate story. It’s incredibly utilitarian and I really like how the wetsuit augmentation functions, yet it’s simply isn’t pretty. From the external catch on the Seiko SLA019 to its inner parts, there’s simply an excessive amount of proof of stepping at a watch of this cost. Indeed, somebody at Seiko should truly be infatuated with this framework or has an instance of the “on the off chance that it isn’t broken, don’t fix” all its it underway. I’ll leave it at this by just saying that I’ve gone involved with $500 miniature brands that brag a better quality system.
When it comes to dial quality, it’s elusive shortcoming with both of these watches. The Rolex Submariner Hulk is a green interpretation of a flat out work of art and the Seiko SLA019 is in a comparative position. The two dials are entirely decipherable and have delightful dark green tone – I do discover the Seiko’s to be more obscure and practically dark in some lighting. It’s not difficult to gaze into each attempting to discover defects, however you’ll battle to discover them whether you’re taking a gander at the hands, lume, or the printing. Talking about which, both are likewise a little dubious as the Rolex contains awfully numerous lines of print for a few and numerous Seikophiles discredit the incorporation of the Prospex badge. Truly, I’m fine with both. With regards to the nature of the fired, the rolex is difficult to blame. The Seiko is nearly there, yet in certain lights, the uncovered lume found at 12:00 can show a few inconsistencies. It is anything but an undeniable blemish as it relies upon the lighting, however it strikes me as an oversight from the ordinarily persnickety brand.
I’m no specialized expert of developments, however whether you’re thinking about the Seiko SLA019 or the Rolex Submariner Hulk, you’re getting a regarded development. With the Rolex, the type 3135 has been around for about 30 years and has seen a few enhancements en route – most as of late a more stun and temperature safe Parachrom hairspring. There’s little to say about this development that hasn’t been covered and I discovered it to be a cunning individual on winding and date evolving. On top of it, utilizing the material crown felt strong and it was not difficult to screw and unscrew with its enormous threads.
The Seiko SLA019 is fueled by the 8L35, which is an undecorated form of the Grand Seiko 9S55. It’s even hand worked in the very workshop that forms all the GS developments. Like the 3135 in the Rolex, the 8L35 feels like quality when winding and changing the date. My lone meat, and it has nothing to do with the development fundamentally, is the crown stringing that Seiko employments. They’re very fine and shallow, which makes it hard to situate when attempting to screw once again into the case.
Regarding the intangibles, the Seiko SLA019 loads up on things like penetrated through carries, the fabulous DiaShield covering that shields against work area plunging scratches, the included lash, the way that it’s restricted, and greenish lume on the dial and bezel that makes the blue lume of the Rolex Submariner Hulk need to run home and cry to its Mama.
With the Rolex Submariner Hulk, you’re getting, all things considered, a Rolex. It is anything but a restricted release, yet the way that one can only with significant effort get another one makes it restricted in nature. Additionally, there’s no rejecting that it’s very much made and that its resale esteem is nearly destined to be superior to most. In case you’re looking attractive bundling materials, both fail to meet expectations in my view as Rolex sticks with its plastic awesome wave box and Seiko offers an extremely cardboard-like holder. It’s fine as even the best end up in a cabinet in my home, however I realize that some put a ton of spotlight in general package.
We continue to rehash it, however the Rolex Submariner Hulk is, similar to all spotless games watches from the brand, hard to track down at your nearby AD. At 8200 Euros, it’s likewise 450 Euros dearer than the dark rendition, however that doesn’t appear to have a damper on interest. In taking a gander at the specs alone, it’s difficult to legitimize the cost of a Sub, yet when you consider the brand store, the set of experiences, and – sorry to say it – the resale esteem, the psyche can really be driven into believing it’s an overall can foresee being under 10K.
It’s something clever on the grounds that the Seiko SLA019 at 3200 Euros ticked off a great deal of Seiko gatherers. All things considered, the SBDX017 that preceded it was about 25% more affordable and the solitary genuine changes beside shading two or three bits of earthenware. It’s difficult to contend with that comment, yet like the Rolex, the Seiko has had zero issues in selling out its run of 1,968 pieces.
To make things really befuddling, there’s no world I am aware of – except if there’s one I’ve missed where 20 Euro bills are utilized as tissues – where burning through 8200 Euros on an impeccable jumper, for example, the Rolex Submariner Hulk can be considered as a decent arrangement. To place that into point of view, I could nearly say the equivalent regarding burning through 3200 Euros on the Seiko SLA019. One nuance, however, is that I don’t discover 3200 Euros costly in light of the fact that the watch says “Seiko” on the dial. No, it’s still a great deal of cash regardless of what brand is included. In any case, when I consider that the Seiko is made in-house much the same as the Rolex and contains detail work that is at a very much like level, it’s the far saner decision. Moreover, in the event that we were comparing the Seiko to jumpers either somewhat beneath it in cost or as much as 2000 Euros more, I wouldn’t have any issue in considering this piece a reasonable champ. Obviously, there are the individuals who will consistently support a Rolex and with its reasonable focal points similar to arm band quality and, most perceptibly, thickness, I can perceive any reason why the Sub would be the watch of decision. Additionally, in the event that we were comparing a Sub to a more costly jumper, I’d battle to pick something besides the Rolex. In any case, it’s unthinkable lose with both of these excellent decisions given that green is the shading that entices you to leave behind your green.
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The moniker ‘Hulk’ is a couple of years old.