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I came within $175 or so of getting the SLA025 from an AD when it came out but walked. It's bugged me ever since.

Haven't held the SLA039 yet but it is more of a stretch interpretation so I'd lean SLA025 for its faithfulness to the original. That said, I do have an SBDC063/SPR079 with a similar blue bezel insert and I must say it is compelling to see that on this model, it could swing me if I saw it in person.

Like the SLA017 and the SLA033, I can truly say if you are not holding the watch it is very hard to fully appreciate them. I think when you were at Baselworld you got to see how the in-the-metal impression is better than trying to take in and appreciate these Seiko SLAs looking at internet photos, etc.
 

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First thought is the 025, but after closer inspection I think I would go for the 039. I do like the colors/gilted accents used on the SLA025, but right now I think that I would prefer the "just steel" look of the 039.
 

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I don't think I'd ever buy either (for "close" to the same coin, I'd buy an original), but that's me. The bezel on those things are so TALL. To answer your question, I'd go 025 between the two. =)

Yep, that tall bezel plus the case is thicker and larger than the original, it's an ugly reinterpretation. Top view looks fine and the high-beat movement is appealing but upon overall aesthetic inspection I decided to pass.


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Gents, I know this is an old thread, but am in the exact same position.

Apart from the Everbrilliant steel on the 039 (which I do prefer) is the same all equal?

I like me a good bracelet, unlike many, I especially like the ratcheting extension on Seiko's pro diver's since I use my watches diving in anger :). What is your preferred bracelet on these watches? Thank you!
 

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Gents, I know this is an old thread, but am in the exact same position.

Apart from the Everbrilliant steel on the 039 (which I do prefer) is the same all equal?

I like me a good bracelet, unlike many, I especially like the ratcheting extension on Seiko's pro diver's since I use my watches diving in anger :). What is your preferred bracelet on these watches? Thank you!
the only bracelet that I've seen for these is a modified MM300 bracelet. The end pieces were slightly shaved to fit and it looked great; that would have your ratcheting extension too.

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Gents, I know this is an old thread, but am in the exact same position.

Apart from the Everbrilliant steel on the 039 (which I do prefer) is the same all equal?

I like me a good bracelet, unlike many, I especially like the ratcheting extension on Seiko's pro diver's since I use my watches diving in anger :). What is your preferred bracelet on these watches? Thank you!
I went with the Uncle Seiko Beads of Rice with retrofitted Omega Speedmaster end links.

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I went with the Uncle Seiko Beads of Rice with retrofitted Omega Speedmaster end links.

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Beautiful watch and the bracelet suits it, looks vintage. Care to share your opinion on how this watch wears compared to the MM 300 (SBDX001, SBDX017 etc.)?

Does it wear larger, more top heavy?

It's a little bit longer lug to lug. I have 6.75 inch wrists and do wear an Emperor Tuna too (however weird that may look) :)
 

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Beautiful watch and the bracelet suits it, looks vintage. Care to share your opinion on how this watch wears compared to the MM 300 (SBDX001, SBDX017 etc.)?

Does it wear larger, more top heavy?

It's a little bit longer lug to lug. I have 6.75 inch wrists and do wear an Emperor Tuna too (however weird that may look) :)
Yes the SLA025 is larger because it is taller by about 1.4mm and has a decidedly heavier watch head so it is bordering on a top heavy watch. Not that it is an issue, whereas the MM300 is not at all.

The lug to lug is nearly identical between these 2 watches and very wearable. I too have a 6.75 inch wrist so let these photos be a guide of some sort.

SLA025 on left, SBDX017 on right

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Yes the SLA025 is larger because it is taller by about 1.4mm and has a decidedly heavier watch head so it is bordering on a top heavy watch. Not that it is an issue, whereas the MM300 is not at all.

The lug to lug is nearly identical between these 2 watches and very wearable. I too have a 6.75 inch wrist so let these photos be a guide of some sort.

SLA025 on left, SBDX017 on right

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Wow. Thanks so much for taking the time. Really appreciate :)

I really prefer the crown at REALLY 4 o'clock on the SLA025. Also prefer the dimensions of the crown better.

But I really like the ratcheting clasp of the SBDX017.

Decisions, decisions....on my wrist size I have now ruled out the SBDB011, unfortunately, as its otherwise such a cool and feature laden watch.

PS: I didn't like the shark mesh you had on the SLA025 as bumped into your post somewhere else as was looking for bracelet options for the SLA025.
 

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I still fancy a SLA025 but would it get the SBDC001 off my wrist ?

Jon, can the end link be fitted a little better ?

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I actually use a spare MM300 ratcheting clasp on the Uncle Seiko Beads of Rice on my SLA025 :)
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Now that's cool. I haven't noticed!

You really aren't making it any easier for me!! :D

Last thing. Was the 8L55 only ever used in Seiko Hi-Beat Diver's? Interesting to know. The same can't be said for the 8L35. Which was used in say the Landmaster amongst others.
 
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