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I can't believe it. Whats up with that.
That's what I get for delaying the purchase :'(


on the small side, but she was a beauty with those blue hands...


 

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I kinda like the turnover of models. Keeps things fresh and new. I know how you feel though. Casio turns their models over so fast that in the time I've save up the money, the model will be discontinued and the inventory will just evaporate.
 

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A personal favorite of mine. I have one, and really appreciate the simplicity and timelessness of its overall design. I've considered getting the black dial version of it - the SCVS015. I suppose it may have been discontinued as well?
 

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TimeSeeker said:
I can't believe it. Whats up with that.
That's what I get for delaying the purchase :'(
on the small side, but she was a beauty with those blue hands...

I guess it happens to all good watches eventually...sigh...
OTOH it there will be more models coming on and it might be an opportunity to pick one up slightly used at a better price..
It has me thinking it might be time to grab a SARB023. ;)
 

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The mechanical 6r15 based Spirits are gone for good. No more "blue sparks" or classic-retro looking SCVS 001-003s with jubilee bracelets. Last month I almost went for a SCVS 003 but the price difference between it and the SARB033 was so small that made the better finished SARB version a no brainer. Before my 033 I also grabbed a SARB045 blue dial. Both watches have so far exceeded all my expectations and then some.


To me the current crop of 6r15 SARB mechanicals are some of the best watches coming out of Seiko Japan. Make a point of adding one to your watch case. You won't be disappointed.
 

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Seikojohn said:
I guess it happens to all good watches eventually...sigh...
OTOH it there will be more models coming on and it might be an opportunity to pick one up slightly used at a better price..
It has me thinking it might be time to grab a SARB023. ;)

The SCVS mechanical line was getting a bit outdated. I think these were introduced in late 2005 or early 2006. Also, they were overlapping with the SARB models from the more expensive Seiko Mechanical line. For instance, the SARB033-035 were meant to be direct replacements for the SCVS 001-003. I am actually surprised that Seiko allowed them to co-exist side-by-side for as long as they did. As much as the SCVS were nice looking watches, the SARBs are better finished and better detailed. I for example, never warmed up to the hands in the SCVS013 "blue spark" version but did appreciate the fact it had a flat sapphire crystal (Where as similar SARBs like the 031 have nicer hands but convex hardlex crystals albeit more expensive than flat sapphire crystals). Also the cordovan strap was stiff and cheap feeling as I was told. The SCVS Spirit mechanicals were clearly built to a price point.


The most expensive SARB 6r15 watches sold under the Mechanical line are the SARB021, 23, 25, 45, 46. Those were introduced in late 2008 so you can rest assured those will be available for a good while longer.
 

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anyone know the difference between the SARB035 and the SARB023 ?
Other than the price, and the lume on the cheaper 35, are there any differences?
Thanks.
 

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TimeSeeker said:
anyone know the difference between the SARB035 and the SARB023 ?
Other than the price, and the lume on the cheaper 35, are there any differences?
Thanks.

Here's what I gleened from other posts:



The SARB021 (and 023) has a crown guard, flat chapter ring, different hour markers, and a bracelet with subtle polished details in the links. It also has different hands, more stubby than the dauphine hands on the 033 and 003.


Everyone who has handled both feels the finishing on the 021/023 is superior to the 033/035 and more modern looking (with classic details). Lume is on the outer side of the hour markers rather than the inner side as in the 033/035. Second hand is the same as the rest of the SARB line.


The SARB033 (and 035) is pretty much a more modern version of the SCVS003 Spirit with the following differences.


- The bracelet is oyster-style rather than the jubilee
- The Diashock text has been removed
- A script font replaces the all-caps font for the 'Automatic' text.




- Mike
 

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TimeSeeker said:
Thanks for the info Mike!
The 23 and 21 have really caught my eye.

If you like deep/rich blue dials, I highly recommend the SARB045, the only SARB that can be have with a blue dial. The brown dial (The SARB025)is awesome beside the more popular white/cream(23) or black(21) versions:


My new acquisition...





Notice how the dial looks darker on a cloudy day...


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Here is my SARB033 black dial:


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Against direct sunlight the black dial turns metallic brown....


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These watches are simply awesome. Can't go wrong either way.
 

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The Dollar has gained a little ground against the Yen in recent weeks. Today you can land a SARB 21, 23, 24, 45 for a hair under USD $500 or the SARB 33, 35, 37 (Pink salmon dial) for under USD $400 shipped.
 

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Aww man!! I was thinking of getting one of those!! I only hesitated a year or so ago because the prices went up.
There are probably still a few around if you look hard. There'll be good second hand ones turning up as well, I'm sure.
 

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TimeSeeker said:
Does the 21/23/45 have any lume?
I can't tell from the pics.


The blue looks awesome!

No lume at all ;D


The hands and applied markers are polished to such a high degree of precision, that they are capable of catching any little bit of ambient light, except, in total darkness.


The 33, 35, 37 has lume but is next to useless imho.


By the way, the dial color enamel in these SARB watches is applied by hand, so I've been told....
 

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The SARB021 is REALLY nice. I posted some great picts from a friend in the old SCWF. I think I'll do it again here some time soon.

I agree, the hands on the SARB021 and friends are so reflective, you can see them even in the most dim lighting.
 
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