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SEIKO Mt Fuji World Heritage Limited Edition


Mt. Fuji was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in June 2013. In 2014 Seiko commemorated this with its it release three Mt Fuji World Heritage Limited Editions.



The three models were: SRP783K1, SRP785K1, and SRP781K1. All three have caliber 4R36 automatic movements that have manual winding and hack. All three variants also have the same bead blasted 44 mm case with drilled lugs.

And while the only real difference between them are their dials and bezels, all three dial styles came with mountain/wave-pattern guilloche-style dials:



Each variant came with different hour and minute hands, yet all three had the same seconds hand, which is counterweighted with a red “5”, a design that first appeared on the Seiko 5 50th Anniversary issues back in 2012.




All three have the same display case that proudly bear the words “Mt. Fuji as a World Heritage” around their display case backs.




THE BAND
All thee Mt. Fujis came standard with a 22mm blue rubber strap to complement the blue on its dial. And while I have yet to experience it in the flesh, Yankeexpress on Watchuseek forum reports that that the blue rubber strap is good-looking, however it was too stiff even after 18 months of wear. Other people have suggested substituting it for a blue sailcloth band.



SRP783K1

This variant features a rotating bezel of blue and black in the style of the 5125-8120 Rally diver from 1969. The indices are reminiscent of that 1969 Rally series as well.



It’s a pity that Seiko choose those bulbous arrow hands that clash so with the lines of the dial.




SRP785K1

Arabic numerals on the dial and a triangle at 12 o’clock give this variant a military vibe. The word from the watch forums in Japan is that the triangle index at 12 o'clock is a reference to the shape of' Mt. Fuji. Between the 60 and 20 marks on the bezel has a sandblasted finish which provides a contrast to the glossy look and feel of the other embossed numbers on the bezel.



SRP781K1

This is my favorite, and the one I bought. It came with a compass bezel, suited to its mountaineering motiff. As Yankeexpress on the Watchuseek forum points out, the chunky indices and hands on the SRP781K1 are quoted from the Monster series. The photo below is by Yankeexpress.



Put side by side with a monster, it looks like just another monster variant. The major difference is that it sits lower and wider (13mm by 44mm) according to Yankeexpress’ measurements.



PRICE
When they were new the Mt. Fujis sold for around $200. Right now the auction sites are asking for twice that. I bought mine used and saved a little money. It has some signs of wear, the most obvious being a chipped crystal. But I’d rather change a crystal on a less expensive used watch than pay $400 for a new watch. Besides, a few scratches make the watch wearable. A brand new watch, with its box, papers, plastic protective coverings, always dissuade me from wearing and enjoying what I have.


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I never realized that dixng had made a thread on these before I did.

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