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Since there's already a blue Ti Samurai review here:

Seiko SBDA003 Titanium "Blue Samurai" Review

I'll keep this one really short. (Feel free to correct me if I get anything wrong.)

Watch: Seiko SBDA001
Case: Titanium, WR 200m "Air Divers"
Movement: 7s25
Dial: Black, clean. Date only. "SEIKO / AUTOMATIC / TITANIUM / SCUBA / 200m". Hour markers are applied and outlined
Chapter ring: black with white markings. 4 hashes between minute ticks. Cut out around the lume markers.
Face: Mineral Crystal, Hardlex
Bezel ring. Black backing, painted. "blank" for indicies. Gray backing from 0-15. Lume pip at 0.





Currently on rubber z22. Expect shots with this on its Ti bracelet soon. Really enjoying this piece thus far. I used to hate the idea of rubber, but there's just something good about it. Fit and finish of this watch are definitely a step up from the "SKX" divers. Condition when I received watch was good. About a year old, with box and papers.

Of note, I was extremely apprehensive about picking up a Samurai. Almost to the point of craziness. I was concerned it would look too much like a piece of "bling" or just be too big on my wrist. I was concerned about the little metal "pips" on the sides and the angular shoulders. My fears were unfounded. It just seems to fit me.

The watch is something slightly different, and very well concieved.





Accuracy has been right in line with my other automatics (all 7s25's). This stands out for me due to the readability. I simply love the hands and chapter ring.



In short, this watch was exactly what I was looking for. I almost wish I hadn't wasted as much time as I had looking for it, then convincing myself it was going to "work" for me. I'm so glad I made the choice to jump on this "four letter" Seiko diver.

 

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Of note, I was extremely apprehensive about picking up a Samurai. Almost to the point of craziness. I was concerned it would look too much like a piece of "bling" or just be too big on my wrist. I was concerned about the little metal "pips" on the sides and the angular shoulders. My fears were unfounded. It just seems to fit me.
Felt the exact same way... after I already paid for it. :57: I spent way too much time looking at photos of other people's sammies while I was waiting and psyched myself out. Thought it would be too big... the case shape wouldn't suit me... etc.
It's an amazing piece and having finally received it I feel like I'll never flip it. Pics to come later.
 
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