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A while ago I wrote a guide to Alba Manta Ray Divers:

Collector's Guide To All The Different Alba Manta Ray Diver Variants...

When I wrote the original draft of that guide, I only had a blue [size=1em]AL-4005X Manta Ray (the line's namesake) which I had intentionally set out to buy. As it is with these things, After buying it I had to track a bracelet for it, which a fellow forumer was kind enough to sell to me. That quickly had the watch looking like this:



The watch rocked and was surprisingly similar in dimensions and overall fit and finish to watches like the Monster and Samurai. I liked it so much, that when I saw it's black dialed and black bezeled
[size=1em]AL-4015X brother listed for a song, I jumped all over it without thinking twice:



I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. It is much easier to match to clothing than the blue manta-ray, and the oddly polished bezel works well with this piece. I held on to both and enjoyed them for a few years, until a month or so ago, when a fellow forumer decided to sell his orange dialed
[size=1em]AL-4013X. By now I'm such a fan and the price was so low, that I just contacted him an bough it. The watch was described in much rougher condition than what I received. I was planing on having it refinished, but what I received was in such good shape that it didn't need anything, and into the watch box it went. here is the watch so you can see what I mean:



Here is a picture of the happy family:



and here is a bad picture showing the Manta Ray next to some other popular seiko divers so you can get a rough idea of its size:



Overall I'm a Huge fan of this line and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for an undervalued seiko diver. Now to hunt for the
[size=1em]Limited Edition black AL-4055X. ;D
 
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I have the blue Manto and I love the watch. One of my favorite divers. Big solid Case and cool blue dial.
 

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I still really like the blue one a lot, but I'm just not sure how I feel about the hollow end links.

Then again, I am starting to really enjoy rubber straps. ;)

P.S. I know you've said it before Gabe, but I'll just echo that I think these would be all over the place if they had "SEIKO" on the dial. They seem like a fantastic value.
 
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8) If you have not seen and held this watch you dont understand what a great piece it is. I would love to own the limeted editions!!! Its has the seiko 7s26 movement. I have mine on a blue nato. Its just a outstanding watch for what little I paid for it.
 

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The model I hardly ever see anymore is the white dial version, the AL4001X1. A friend of mine owned one about four years ago and asked me to photograph it for him. I'd love to find one of these now - a very clean looking diver.
 

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Here's a couple you won't see anywhere else...

Orange on black...



And on orange silicone...





Black & Blue...

 

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Awesome looking pieces. IMO, the Alba Manta is an underrated diver that looks more appealing than the Seiko Monster. I'm looking forward to getting one soon. ;)
 

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swedefreak said:
Here's a couple you won't see anywhere else...

Orange on black...

And on orange silicone...

Black & Blue...
:) I was wondering when those two would turn up.. LOL. Seiko should have asked for your advice after you built those mods. Who wouldhave thunk that such a simple swap wouldhave made such great looking pieces. Too bad you had to sacrifice to LE ones to make them. I hope it didn't cost you too much to buy the LE black ones.
 

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Isthmus said:
:) I was wondering when those two would turn up.. LOL. Seiko should have asked for your advice after you built those mods. Who would have thunk that such a simple swap would have made such great looking pieces. Too bad you had to sacrifice to LE ones to make them. I hope it didn't cost you too much to buy the LE black ones.

Actually the cost was not so bad---almost break even. Somewhere out there are two black manta dials in all S/S cases that were snapped-up by a couple fellows. I guess they would be limited editions in their own right.
 

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i have the blue manta in my radar. there are just a few watches ahead of it in my wishlist. posts like these somehow help to move it up in the list though
 

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Nice collection Isthmus. The blue alba's quite a looker... except for that red on the bezel. I was once offered one at a shop for ~US$130, but that red just turned me off. Thinking back on it, maybe I should've bought it and painted it or something...

However, that black wave black wave one is killer. I'mma gonna have to get me one of those... Though maybe I should just be happy w. the Black Manta. >:D

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Actually the cost was not so bad---almost break even. Somewhere out there are two black manta dials in all S/S cases that were snapped-up by a couple fellows. I guess they would be limited editions in their own right.
Pssst, look @ the sales forum. ;)
 

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swedefreak said:
Here's a couple you won't see anywhere else...
And two more you won't see anywhere else. As long as we're mentioning mods, I'll take my Alba Manta mod over just about any Sinn out there. The other mod I made is interesting too, but I let it go to greener pastures.



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