Released in 2019, the revamped Seiko 5 Sports Series has been a hit in stores. Based on the beloved design of the famous SKX series of affordable dive watches, the Japanese manufacturer has re-created its entry-level lineup with cool design cues, most of the required features and has, over the years, developed an incredibly large range of models – there are more colours and styles than one would ever need… Following the introduction recently of more compact Field models, it’s time for the Seiko 5 Sports SKX Series to now become smaller, with a quartet of 38mm watches – SRPK29, SRPK31, SRPK33 and SRPK35 – in cool colours.
The basics are still the same… A dive-inspired sports watch with classic Seiko style, all the design attributes that made the SKX007 a classic, enough equipment and robustness to make the watches perfect for non-hardcore users and an overall quality that is unquestionable, at least considering the price. But now… The watch comes smaller, with typical mid-size, unisex dimensions and an array of colours that will suit most tastes.
The new Seiko 5 Sports SKX Sports Style Mid-Size models come next to the classic versions, which are already known to be easy to wear – the 42.5mm diameter might seem large, but the 46mm L2L is making them comfy. Nevertheless, Seiko thought that a mid-size version would be a nice addition to the collection, and the SKX Series now gets a 38mm case, with 12.1mm height (that’s 1.3mm less) and a lug-to-lug measurement just above 44mm. No need to say, perfect for men with smaller wrists and women who want to wear a sports watch, without having the feeling of wearing a hockey puck.
All other specs are identical to the larger models, with a 100m water-resistance, a metallic unidirectional bezel with a 60-minute scale, a Hardlex crystal on top, a screwed back with see-through crystal and the same shapes and design details… Basically, it’s just a reduced version. The dial retains the same design for the hands and markers, as well as its day-date window at 3 o’clock. And inside, no changes either, with the same calibre 4R36 beating at 3Hz and boasting 41h of power reserve.
The new collection includes 4 versions; the SRPK29 with a black dial and bezel, the SRPK31 with a light cream dial and dark grey bezel, the SRPK33 with a trendy mint green dial and black bezel, and the SRPK35 with an orange dial and black bezel. All versions are worn on a steel bracelet with a folding clasp.
The new Seiko 5 Sports SKX Sports Style 38mm Collection will soon be released and will be part of the permanent collection. All four watches are priced at EUR 350 and will be available in early May 2023. More details at seikowatches.com.