Launched in 2019, the revamped Seiko 5 Sports collection made a name for itself with its cool design inspired by the SKX series (yes, the famous SKX007 dive watch), capable case and movements and overall accessibility. It’s also been a great canvas for creativity and bold designs, Seiko releasing some truly unexpected – and sometimes not so successful, to be honest – styles. Today, the brand goes street-military with 2 editions bearing camouflage-themed dials, the green SRPJ37 as part of the permanent collection, and the grey SRPJ39 as a limited edition designed together with skateboarder Yuto Horigome.
When launched, the Seiko 5 Sports caused some reactions, not because of its arrival, but mostly because it sounded like the end of the beloved SKX series of dive watches. Surely, the design was greatly inspired by this affordable yet capable dive watch, but most of the diving capacities were gone. The new 5 Sports collection (at least those with rotating bezels) are cool sporty watches, but no more the dependable diving beater we’ve come to know. Well, 3 years have passed since this introduction and the revamped 5 Series seems to have found its audience, and it is now derived in countless styles, including some cool field-inspired models or even a truly cool GMT version. Tons of colour combinations or coatings for the cases have been used, and many limited editions have been released too. And with a starting price of about 250 Euros, this collection surely gives a lot for the money.
Now, Seiko is releasing something slightly different and deeply inspired by street culture and skateboarding, in line with the main audience behind these watches – a younger generation than Prospex models, which are more focused on already knowledgeable watch enthusiasts. As such, Seiko here collaborates with a talented and world-leading skateboarder, Yuto Horigome. Born in 1999 in Tokyo, he started skateboarding at the age of six. After a successful early career, Horigome won the World Championship for the first time in 2021.
With such an influence in mind, the Seiko 5 Sports SKX Street Style Yuto Horigome Limited Edition SRPJ39 is, without surprise, designed with camouflage pattern on its dial and black coating on its case – a classic theme of streetwear. Based on the SKX Series, with diving design elements and a rotating bezel, the SRPJ39 measures 42.5mm in diameter and has a steel case with a black hard coating. The crystal is Hardlex, the water-resistance is 100m and the strap of this version is a black silicone band.
Under a specific see-through caseback, decorated with Yuto Horigome’s signature and the serial number, is the automatic calibre 4R36 with 24 jewels, 41h power reserve, 3Hz frequency and hand-wound and stop-seconds features. This movement also displays the day and date. The main specificity of this edition is the dial, with a textured camouflage pattern here executed in various tones of black and grey. All hands and markers have a generous amount of LumiBrite. This Seiko 5 Sports SKX Street Style Yuto Horigome Limited Edition SRPJ39 will be produced in 6,000 pieces and is priced at EUR 340.
In addition to this limited edition model, the Japanese brand also releases a non-limited version with a similar style, yet in a different colour. The dial, which again has a camouflage pattern, here has no texture and is showing various tones of military green. This Seiko 5 Sports SKX Street Style SRPJ37 shares the same case with black coating, the same black-coloured aluminium bezel and is worn on a black textile NATO-like strap. This edition will be priced at EUR 330.
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