With news that the Swiss Franc, and consequently its exports from the country, have increased by an outrageous 30% this morning we’ve decided to jump to the other side of the world to highlight an an affordable classic from Seiko with this review of the Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time.
Last week while reading the comments about the new Tudor Style on Hodinkee I came across a post from a reader presenting the Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time as a more affordable and better looking alternative. The new Tudor Style is, on the whole, a relatively plain looking watch and won’t leave you a lot of change from $3,000 and when you stack up the Cocktail Time (Roughly $600 AUD) next to it you’ve got a pretty good argument for the Seiko’s case.
Almost everything the Tudor offers the Seiko does better. Tudor’s lacquered dial pales in comparison to the gorgeous textured dial below, as does its hands and markers. The Tudor utilises an ETA2824 movement whilst the Seiko boasts an in-house 6R15 considered to be as proficient as the ETA but with a 50 hour power reserve (compared to the ETA’s 38 hour) and a smoother winding action. To give the Tudor credit though, I’m sure their deployment clasp and case finish is far superior but is it worth shelling out an extra $2500? I guess that’s up to the individual to decide. Either way it’s an interesting comparison.
Think I’ll be adding the Cocktail Time to my collection very soon! You can purchase it here.