Seiko Spirit Automatic Watch
Condition Note: The Seiko Spirit watch is in mint condition with its original box, papers, certifiate of guarantee, and sales tag.
The Seiko SARB035 was the watch with a 38mm case before that size was cool again. There is no real obnoxious wrist presence. It still feels large enough to be modern yet compact enough to stay classy. With a lug to lug of 44.5mm, it fits my 6.75” wrist comfortably. At 11.5mm tall the Seiko SARB035 was made to slide under the tightest shirt cuff.
There are two features of the case that help distinguish it from those found on Seiko dive watches. This first is the 6.3mm push-down crown. It’s signed with an “S” and won’t offer much water resistance. The second is the chamfered edges on the lugs. It’s something that you normally only see at a much higher price. On closer inspection, it is actually a step that runs along the top of the flank all the way to the end of the lugs.
For me the dial is the hook on the SARB035. It’s listed as “off-white”, but in person it’s a faint cream. Seiko nailed it. It’s just enough of a hue to be interesting without going overboard to look artificially aged.
The hour markers have a touch of lume. The interesting thing is that the lume is positioned on the end of each hour marker on the side facing the center, not the outside. It’s such a small amount of lume compared to a dive watch that it’s almost inconsequential. Polished Seiko (and Grand Seiko) dauphine hands seems to catch and reflect the smallest amounts of light. Visibility in low light is not an issue.