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Old 06-17-2018, 05:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Seiko SBDC047 Transocean

I had my eye on a SBDC047 Transocean when they first were released but resisted buying because I was unsure about the size of the thing and its peculiar integrated bracelet limiting strap options.

Recently several members have raised issue with Seiko reissuing revamped old watch designs and not coming up with original designs. Well this got me re-think about the Transocean because in my eyes it looks different and the more I looked at it the more I found the case and bracelet interesting, especially when viewed from the side and back.

After reading a few reviews and threads on other watch forums (where the response was mixed) I could read between the lines this watch is in fact a good quality unit, and although large as in Sumo territory and the lugs fairly deep from north to south they droop down nicely and curve the bracelet around the wrist...apparently. With this information and boyed up for a watch buy I found a blue dialled SBDC047 on Ebay that was mint and seemed to be struggling to attract bids. So with skills I learned off Polly I decided my budget and placed a sniping bid at the last second.

About 5 days later the Transocean was duly delivered, mint condition, box and papers for half retail price. I know I liked the look of the watch but a couple of days wearing it and I am over thew moon with it so decided to share my reasons why.



The case and lugs and the bracelet design are different from the normal Seiko effort, I am not saying it has not been done elsewhere (Seiko have done many weird cases over the years) but you have to admit it is different. The 45mm wide case appears to be a round all polished stainless steel puck that tapers towards the caseback and has small 13mm internal width lugs. Then the large lugs you can see are screwed to the case as a separate component by the looks of it, I have not had it apart to confirm this. The endlink of the stainless steel bracelet then fixes into the lugs tightly in the normal way with spring bars to form a rigid connection with the bracelet end protruding down at an angle.





It is this set up that enhances the watches wearability for me; a cat with weedy 6 3/4 inch wrists. The watch is similar in size to a Sumo and Shogun, both of which I can cope with fine but the Transocean is the best, well planted for a large watch, comfortable and forgettable.

The watch head and bracelet are very well finished and the Diashield coating gives the stainless steel a super smooth finish that feel quality, like a prestige watch. Bracelet design is a little boring, a variation on an Oyster theme. Starting at 24mm wide at the watch head but at least it tapers to 18mm which I like as wide parallel bracelets are too much for me and look clunky. As per usual I ditched the Seiko deployant clasp with divers extension due to it being too wide and big for me. It is better quality than the usual Seiko fare in as much as it has solid machined fold over parts in lieu of pressed Stainless. I fitted a good quality generic replacement that is more compact.

The dial as you can see is blue and it has a gradient to black both top and bottom, applied metal indices with lume fill and a black dial ring with minute track. I do not mind the hands either but would welcome less dial text and the date window located properly at 3 o'clock or better still a no date dial would be dandy.







The crown is located at 4:20 and has no guards but instead a lovely black ceramic button insert to match the bezel, not sure if this improves water resistance but I gather the Transocean is Seiko's attempt to marry a diver with dress watch so that may explain it?



The bezel that surrounds the flat sapphire crystal is black ceramic with inlaid white painted numerals and luminous pip, the action is smooth and firm with no slop at all. The bezel is almost as wide as the case at the sides and is slightly shrouded by the lugs.

After having the Transocean on my radar for months (possibly a year or more) I am please I took the plunge. Not often do I buy a watch to have my doubts so comprehensively proven wrong. The Transocean has an aesthetic that appeals to me, it is different, has presence, legibility and is a joy for me to wear, I am so glad I got it. I am a serial flipper but as they say...this one is a keeper.

This is how the watch looks on my tiddly 6 3/4 inch pussy cat's.





NOTE:- This review is completely biased
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Old 06-18-2018, 07:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What, no wrist shots? Otherwise, great job.
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Thank's buddy. I have added some wristies to the review
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Wah...chucky
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Is it just me or does the Transocean looks a lot like Samurai? But man.. those thick bracelet sure feels nice to wear =)
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That bezel and dial just melt ....too amazing
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Nothing beats seiko when it comes to blue and orange dials.
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Is it just me or does the Transocean looks a lot like Samurai? But man.. those thick bracelet sure feels nice to wear =)
I agree it reminds me of the Samuria but nicely upgrade, the dial is very nice. The bracelet looks great as dose the bezel, but not a fan of Intergrated bracelets.
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Well done review. I learned a lot.


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Soooo nice!
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Excellent build up and review! She's a great looking piece. I think a lot of us can definitely relate to the pre and post cognitive dissonance about buying a watch on-line without seeing one in the flesh. Well challenged big guy!
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Amazing...
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Damn that dial is beautiful. Thanks for sharing
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Very good one!
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Trans Ocean blue dial is amazing. ��������
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Lovely watch and nice photo's. Enjoy that one
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