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I had been eyeing this one for quite awhile and finally went ahead and got it.






Seiko Alpinist SARB017








Japan only model delivered on a Sunday only 4 days from ordering







38mm w/out crown,sapphire (not sapphlex) crystal,water resistant to 200m,screw down crown,inner rotating compass bezel and powered by the Seiko in house 6R15 automatic movement







I really like the vintage/sport lookof this waych.
The green dial coupled with gold numerals and indices, on a brown leather strap are a great looking combo.



 

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Very nice pickup Foggy. I realy like the look of the mechanical alpinist, but I LOVE the look of it's quartz "twin". I don't know why Seiko went the direction they did on those. Seems backwards to me, but perhaps they felt mechanical buyers wanted a softer look?

Still, I'd take the mechanical anyday since quartz doesn't interest me. Let us all know how it goes. BTW, I know it is a touchy subject here, but did you source the piece from "H" or "K"? PM, me with your thoughts on them.

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---B&V
 

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Nice looking Seiko, Foghorn and I'm not surprised you received it in 4 days. When I purchased an Orient directly from Japan, I also received it in 4 days. Just amazing.

Enjoy your new timepiece. It looks like it will get a lot of wrist time. :thumbup1:

Gary
 

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I meant to ask as well - what's with the compass dial? I have seen this function on some other watches, and I can't see how it actually works. Do you use the sun to orientate it? But then how does the watch keep a reference to that point as you move around?
Regardless of functionality, it is a fantastic looking watch - the green & gold go well together (just ask any Aussie, it's their national colours :) )
Cheers.
 
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