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Seiko Prospex SRPA Automatic Scuba Diver's Watch

Seiko Prospex SRPA Automatic Scuba Diver's Watch

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i would do it if i could still get the black and white...
Can someone from Massdrop please confirm that the SRPA81 is indeed a Japanese built model?
Wonder if the movement is better than the last Seiko Autos I bought here? One was a Scuba. both lost two minutes in a week. Seemed to lack calibration at Seiko.
OldFinn
I have the SRPA81J, aka the Darth Scallop, and it gains around 2 seconds a day, which is great for a 4r36. Then again, I have an SRP621 with a 4r36 which loses a minute a week, luck of the draw I guess.
Loneman
Thanks! Luck of the draw. Both my Scuba and other auto had identical movements and both lost 2 minutes. Found it a bit unnerving. Use to my Omega SeaMaster I have had for 16 years, no issues, but wanted to try Seiko again for a style change. No money to buy another Omega.
creation or sky are selling this for 375 with clear indication its a J model, and free shipping worldwide and also, 1 year international warranty. so i am not sure the value of this drop .
Is the shroud plastic or metal?
Thedonn007
It's ceramic, a really nice matte black ceramic which contrasts nicely with the glossy black bezel. There's a video on YooToob where a chap has at it with a file and it doesn't leave a mark.
Any one know Is this drop made in Japan? Thank you
HermanTsang
The SRP81 pic shows “Japan” between the 6 and 7 markers. That would indicate Japan made. However, without full model numbers, we won’t know unless Massdrop tells us. My one experience with a “K” was awful, so I only buy “J” models.
Why should I buy this over the $337.12 version on Ebay for the SRPA81K1? Better warranty? Better box? I already own and like SRP639K1 and wouldn't mind the bigger model in black.
MUSASHI66
Can you tell if this drop is for a K or a J?
browncore
Nope! I might be willing to pay a few extra bucks for J though.
I hate those zig-zag rubber straps that Seiko puts on divers. I tried an expensive Marine Master on in a store with that strap, and it turned it into a cheap G-Shock feeling thing.
The bracelet would be O.K.
Green one!?
Last time I missed and now must to track anytime!
Yup it's the standard shitty box....
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JDM_Fnatic
Sigh...that sucks then. What's the point of selling a watch in a fake box
JDM_Fnatic
I own a ton of Seiko's, and I have only ever gotten the standard American or standard Japanese box. I have the PADI Pepsi turtle, and that has no special box. Similarly, I have a couple of Presage models, and they have simply come in the Japanese standard box. Stateside, the only cool boxes I ever see are for Astron watches or special editions. Frankly, I would rather see the money spent on the watch, not some gift box, unless of course, it is a gift.
is the box going to be the standard shitty one? or the original padi box
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Any more padi cake MD? 🙄
Hey Guys, joined the drop and was wondering if I made a good decision...Are they over priced? I've always liked these watches and was waiting to jump on this...Let me know your thoughts please!
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No prob, and I'll elaborate a bit further, as my previous response was from on the road. This is known is Seiko circles as a "Baby Tuna", which has a pretty storied history in it's own right. These watches are solid, and quite robust, They are BIG though visually, as a 51mm should be. The 4R36 movement is a solid workhorse , and have a very reputable history in watch circles, not just w Seiko lovers. The price here is actually quite good. You might be able to find them for a few bucks cheaper, most places a few bucks more. The MSRP is the MSRP, but not even Seiko stores will charge that. I saw one of these last month for $485 at a Seiko outlet, so do with the price shopping as you see fit, but this drop looks pretty solid to me.
Cheers
StainlessOnly
Ok - WOW! All sounds good. Glad I made the right choice - so excited!!!
The "J" suffix indicates that the watch is made in Japan. The "K" suffix, that it's made in an other country (Singapore I think, but not sure). Quality and fiability are identical, but "J" versions are more expensive than "K". Sorry for my english...
Seikozozo
K in Seikos just mean they were manufactured outside of Japan, sometimes Malaysia, but its not one specific location. There's pretty much no discernible difference between the models, but many people prefer the J models for...reasons.
Kiel
... quite simply because it's "collector".
350USD is still a tad bit more expensive from other online retailers... MSRP for watches mean nothing these days
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JoeyW
For everyone's benefit, do tell/share. I've not seen it below $350 from any other online retailer that ships globally.
JoeyW
Actually, most US retailers will target a 30% discount off of MSRP for Seiko watches. This is for US models only, of course. If you have ever had a problem, it is pretty awesome when you made the purchase at an authorized dealer (they simply switch the watch out with a new one).
Now, for other brands, the MSRP really does mean nothing.
Seiko's orange monster has the same movement, construction, and 200m rating - but regularly sells for half as much or less. I suppose the "Put Another Dime In" logo is why this watch is so expensive.
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Vuurwapen
Great point V. I've had my Black Monster (no pun intended) for 10+ years and have beaten the shit out of it. Still looks 9/10 and I've never had one issue. A tank on your wrist for $200 and under
Vuurwapen
I think this is what some might call a 'baby tuna', 'seiko scallop', 'tuna scallop', or some variant, like the SRP653/655, so it's positioned differently from the regular monsters? E.g., It has a ceramic shroud.
SRPA81 shows a Japanese model while other show Korean models. Is that a mistake or is that the logic of this drop?
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Thailand? Where so many cool LEs get birthed...
Some models were assembled in Taiwan (and i don't know if they still do at all), but most of the production now comes out of Malaysia, and to a lesser extent, HK, and of course , Japan.