History of the Seiko Samurai Dive Watch

The history of the Seiko Dive watch goes back to 1965 with their very first model. From then on Seiko have lead the way in innovation, design technology, materials and style. You may have already looked at the Seiko Tuna and Seiko SKX009 – here we take a quick look at the history of the Seiko Samurai divers watch.

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Introducing the Samurai

One of the most sought after and iconic Seiko dive watches is commonly referred to as the Samurai. With it’s distinctive bevelled lugs – Seiko Samurai – is a nickname that covers several models. Notably, they all incorporate this uniquw angular case design. In this short history of the Seiko Samurai we consider it’s origins, design points and current market value.

A case sliced by the sword of a warrior

The photograph below highlights the unique design of the Samurai case. The sharp angles of the Samurai case give the impression it has been sliced by a Samurai sword (*3).

Detail of the Seiko Samurai watch case with sharp bevelled edges
Distinctive angular lugs of the Seiko Samurai

Enter the Samurai – first produced in 2004

The Samurai was first introduced to watch enthusiasts and divers alike in 2004. It would remain in production for nearly a decade. The watch was produced mostly with a stainless steel casing. However, there is a much sought after Samurai with a titanium case (reserved for the Japanese market). Unsurprisingly, as with all Seiko Prospex, all Samurai models are 200m water resistant. Likewise, they all feature the blade like minute hand and split arrowhead hour hand (as shown below)

Sword shaped hands of the Seiko Samurai divers watch
Sword shaped minute hand and stubby arrowhead hour hand

The model shown above is a limited edition version – Save the Oceans. This particular model has a unique dial pattern (wave design). Notice those colours, a deep ocean blue with raised stripes of a darker tone. The SRPC93 has all the usual Seiko Prospex features such as 200m water resistance, Hardlex mineral glass and Lumibrite luminous hands & hour markers. Furthermore, it is driven by the caliber 4R35 Automatic (self winding) movement. Significantly accurate to -35/+45 sec per day with a 41 hour power reserve. There is a very good hands on review of the Samurai Save the Oceans at WatchReport.com (4)

Discontinued until 2017 – resurrecting the Samurai

Thankfully the Samurai wasn’t kept off the market for too long. At Baselworld watch expo (*2) in 2017 Seiko revealed their new Samurai Blue Lagoon Limited Editions. (just 6,000 pieces – product code SRPB09)

A nice example of the Seiko Samurai in stainless steel with blue bezel and face
Seiko Samurai Blue Lagoon Limited Editions – SRPB09

Specification

Case

  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Glass Material: Hardlex
  • Thickness: 13.4㎜
  • Diameter: 43.8㎜

Movement

Other Details

  • Clasp: Three-fold clasp with secure lock , push button release with extender
  • LumiBrite: Lumibrite on hands and indexs
  • Water Resistance: 200m / 660ft diver’s

Features

  • 23 jewels
  • Date display
  • Screw-down crown
  • Stop seconds hand function
  • Unidirectional rotating bezel

Current models

According to the Seiko Watches website (*1) there are just three Samurai Prospex dive watches (correct as of April 2020) :

  • SRPB99K1 (PADI version) with Calibre 4935 – Automatic movement (with manual wind option) – 23 Jewels – Hardlex glass – 41 hour power reserve – 200m WR
  • SRPB49K1 with Calibre 4935 – Automatic movement (with manual wind option) – 23 Jewels – Hardlex glass – 41 hour power reserve – 200m WR
  • SRPB51K1 with Calibre 4935 – Automatic movement (with manual wind option) – 23 Jewels – Hardlex glass – 41 hour power reserve – 200m WR

What to pay for a pre-owned model

As with many other watches the price of a pre-owned Samurai is subjective, personal and very much varied. A regular steel cased version with standard dial, strap, hands etc is worth in the region of £225 to £275 depending on full set, papers, condition etc. From this starting value, prices can only go one way – UP. There are some VERY RARE models like the “YELLOW NINJA” Samurai SNM019 (7S35-00E0) – expect to pay over £2,500 for one of those. Also very popular, but not quite as hard to find, is the TITANIUM version with black dial. This stealthy black version has a value around £750 to £900

Video Reviews

Seiko Prospex “Samurai” SRPB51 Automatic Dive Watch Review

Review of this Seiko ISO 6425 diver from the revised 2017 “Samurai” range, featuring the 4R35 movement and face-lifted waffle dial

YouTube

Hands-On With The Seiko Samurai Save The Ocean SRPC93

From WatchReport.com


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