In the world of watches, the Seiko SKX is an absolute classic and is usually the gateway into the world of mechanical watches. Due to the discontinuation of the SKX models, Seiko released their newest iteration of the SKX with a new line of colour, texture and bracelet options to choose from in the new 5 Sport SRPD line. Today we take a look at what I call the "John Player Special" colour scheme in the ever beautiful black and gold Seiko 5 SRPD57.
The SRPD line of timepieces has many aesthetic and material similarities to its precursor, the SKX. Seiko's decision to discontinue the SKX line was absolutely shocking to the horological community, but in doing so, Seiko released the SRPD line as a new and fun replacement releasing the piece in various different colours, textures, straps and many other options. Truthfully, I believe the SRPD line is Seiko's way of giving recognition to the SKX modding community with their different style variations through the SRPD line. The SRPD57 is a beautiful example of that classic SKX aesthetic and feel with a more updated and modern look that feels amazing on wrist and has a very subtle amount of flash and glint.
While the SRPD line is technically "new", Seiko carried over a vast majority of design elements and style of the SKX to create their new line. This way they could have more fun with the SKX aesthetic and make an attempt to please the Seiko purists out there. Let's look at a comparisons and differences between the SKX and SRPD.
The SRPD 57 has a 42.5mm stainless steel case which is the exact same case diameter as the SKX and has the same case thickness as well at 13.4mm making the on wrist feel of the SRPD very similar to that of the SKX models. The SRPD57 is powered by a 24 jewel Seiko 4R36 automatic movement (the SKX is powered by the Seiko 7s26) which has manual wind capabilities (the SKX does not), stop second function or hacking seconds (the SKX does not) and a 41 hour power reserve which is equal to the SKX line. There is a hardlex mineral crystal over the dial along with a unidirectional rotating bezel (same as the SKX) and screw down display case back showing off the 4R36 automatic movement powering the watch.
This is where the difference between the SRPD and the SKX comes into play. The SRPD has screw down see through display case back (shown left or if you're on mobile, above) while the SKX has a screw down stainless steel case back which allows for proper seals and gaskets for waterproofing to be applied and the watch to be used as a proper dive piece. This means that the SKX allows for 200m of water resistance in comparison to its next generation, the SRPD, which has only has 100m of water resistance which is not a high enough resistance rating for diving. This has upset quite a lot of enthusiasts and collectors of Seiko timepieces due to the lack of water resistance. Personally, I am in the camp in which water resistance doesn't make or break a watch that I love seeing as I don't dive and I am rarely in a body of water or doing anything involving water. The lack of water resistance is the only difference between the SRPD and the SKX other than the different aesthetic variations that are available in the SRPD line. Some SRPD models actually offer timepieces which pay aesthetic homage to the original and strongly loved SKX models (007, 009 and 013).
The SRPD line is one of the most exciting releases in entry level sport watches to be released by Seiko in decades. The amount of variety and aesthetic options along with fantastic material and movement choice makes the SRPD57 along with its brethren in the SRPD line a perfect option for those who loved the SKX line before it. This piece will also speak volumes to new collectors who are just testing the waters of mechanical timepiece collecting. If you want to see these watches in the metal and are from Canada, check out The Bay or other Seiko watch retailers. Thank you so much for reading. Be on the watch for our next review of the Timex Three GMT.