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The Seiko 5 Sports 38mm Collection: Is It Worth the Hype?

May 24, 2023 4 min read

The Seiko 5 Sports 38mm Collection: Is It Worth the Hype?

In the history of watchmaking, the Seiko brand has carved a reputation for producing exceptional timepieces that blend precision, durability, and affordability. The Seiko 5 Sports 38mm collection continues this legacy, offering a captivating range of watches that embody the brand's commitment to excellence.

Seiko 5 Sports four models in this range, SRPK29 , SRPK31 , SRPK33 and SRPK35

The Seiko 5 Sports collection has always been synonymous with quality, reliability, and affordability. Since its introduction in 1963 with its main audience being active young people, Seiko 5 line has always gotten better. In 2019, there was a whole new Seiko 5 Sport collection whose lug width was 22mm, a diameter of 42.5mm and height of 12.44mm. Those timepieces were made to be practical in day-to-day use, which obviously screamed reliability and great performance.

Seiko 5 Sports 38mm SRPK33 Teal Green and the CrocoCalf Light Grey Watch Strap by Strapcode Watch Bands

Seiko 5 Sports 38mm SRPK33 Teal Green and the CrocoCalf Light Grey Watch Strap, you'll be rocking a look that's equal parts style and substance.

Now in 2023, there is a new model. In its latest iteration, Seiko introduces a new size of 38mm, catering to the trend of smaller watches. The four models in this range, SRPK29 (black), SRPK31 (champagne), SRPK33 (teal), and SRPK35 (orange), continue the legacy of the Seiko 5 Sports line while offering a sleek and practical design. They are 38mm wide, 12.1mm thick and 44.2mm lug to lug, with a lug width of 20mm.

Seiko 5 Sports 38mm SRPK31 Champagne Dial with a Q.R. 20mm Beige Chocolate Brown Stitching + Zermatt lining Leather Watch Band by Strapcode Watch Bands

Add some vintage charm to your Seiko 5 Sports 38mm SRPK31 Champagne Dial with the sleek and sophisticated Q.R. 20mm Beige Chocolate Brown Stitching + Zermatt lining Leather Watch Band.

The trend of smaller-sized watches has gained popularity in recent years, with many watch enthusiasts appreciating the vintage-inspired aesthetic and the ability to wear watches with a more understated presence on the wrist. The introduction of the 38mm size in the Seiko 5 Sports collection aligns perfectly with this trend. This smaller case diameter caters to individuals who prefer a compact and comfortable fit while still maintaining the bold and robust characteristics that define the Seiko 5 Sports line.

CrocoCalf Honey Brown Watch Strap by Strapcode, Seiko 5 Sports 38mm SRPK31 Champagne Dial.

Experience exotic elegance with the bold black stitch on the CrocoCalf Honey Brown Watch Strap paired with the Seiko 5 Sports 38mm SRPK31 Champagne Dial.

Despite the smaller size, the Seiko 5 Sports 38mm collection retains the craftsmanship and reliability that Seiko is renowned for. Each model in the collection embodies Seiko's commitment to precision engineering and attention to detail. Their 38mm case size strikes a perfect balance, appealing to their audience with their versatile dimensions. The steel case materials exude robustness and durability while maintaining a refined appearance suitable for various occasions.

Seiko 5 Sports 38mm SRPK35 Orange rocks the G10 Grey-Black-Grey Bond Strap by Strapcode Watch Bands

Add some fresh and youthful style to your wrist with these cool Nato strap pairings! The top Seiko 5 Sports 38mm SRPK35 Orange rocks the G10 Grey-Black-Grey Bond Strap, while the bottom SRPK31 Champagne Dial pairs with the vibrant G10 Green & White Nato strap.

True to the Seiko 5 Sports lineage, these watches boast an impressive array of features and functionality. The automatic winding (can be manually wound), powered by the Seiko 4R36 caliber, ensures reliable timekeeping and a power reserve of approximately 41 hours. These watches offer a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour. The movement also features 24 jewels, which contribute to its smooth operation and longevity.

Quick Release FKM Rubber Sports Watch Straps and rock your Seiko 5 Sports 38mm SRPK33 Teal Green by Strapcode Watch Bands

Switch up your style in seconds with the Quick Release FKM Rubber Sports Watch Straps and rock your Seiko 5 Sports 38mm SRPK33 Teal Green. Choose from left to right: RM Vented Black, Ocellus Light Grey, or Honey Brown.

The dial, featuring their various colors adorned with bold hour markers and hands, provides excellent visibility. They are complemented with luminous (Seiko LumiBrite) hands and markers for enhanced readability. The smooth sweeping second hand and hacking function that allows the second hand to stop when setting the time precisely, enhance precision, while the day-date complication at the 3 o'clock position adds practicality to the watches. This feature ensures accurate synchronization and makes time adjustments a breeze.

The Seiko 5 Sports 38mm watch looks great when paired with HAVESTON straps by Strapcode

The Seiko 5 Sports 38mm watch looks great when paired with HAVESTON straps. Some top options include the AAF OD-41 strap, the AAF Earth-613 strap, the AAF Sea Grey-637 strap, and the AAF Black strap.

A notable feature in this collection is the rotating bezel, which offers a touch of sportiness while adding a practical timing function. The unidirectional bezel ensures accurate tracking of elapsed time, making these watches ideal companions for outdoor adventures or diving. Moreover, they have a water resistance of 100 meters, which means that they can withstand various outdoor activities; also suitable for everyday wear and occasional water-related activities such as swimming or snorkeling.

Seiko 5 Sports 38mm RPK33 Teal Green paired with a highly pliable earthy tones sailcloth strap by Strapcode Watch Bands

Experience comfort and convenience with the Seiko 5 Sports 38mm RPK33 Teal Green paired with a highly pliable earthy tones sailcloth strap sewn with leather lining and equipped with quick-release spring bars.

Furthermore, Seiko has always been synonymous with offering great value for money, and the Seiko 5 Sports 38mm collection continues this tradition. With its high-quality craftsmanship, reliable movement, and attractive design, these watches provide exceptional value compared to many other timepieces in the market.

The Seiko 5 Sports collection's accessible price point makes it an enticing option for both seasoned watch enthusiasts and newcomers to the world of mechanical watches. It offers a gateway into the realm of automatic timepieces without breaking the bank.

 

Closing Thoughts

The Seiko 5 Sports 38mm collection, consisting of the SRPK29, SRPK31, SRPK33, and SRPK35 models, is a testament to Seiko's commitment to producing quality timepieces accessible to young and active individuals. With their stylish designs, reliable movements, and practical features, these watches offer excellent value for money. The compatibility of the 38mm and 40mm watch bands adds further versatility and convenience for Seiko enthusiasts. Whatever your preference may be, there is a Seiko 5 Sports 38mm model to suit your taste and lifestyle. Embrace the trend of smaller watches and experience the craftsmanship and reliability that Seiko is renowned for.

Written by Victor, images by Toni

 

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