The Snapshot

Price

5 Stars

Design

5 Stars

Quality

5 Stars

OVERVIEW

This amazing SEIKO SARB065 is one fine timepiece that has been built to the highest quality you can expect from Seiko. Though not many people are aware of this, Seiko actually makes some of the best watches in the world, starting from under $100 to over tens of thousands of dollars. The Seiko “Cocktail Time” SARB065 is probably one of those fine watches that is of premium quality, and yet affordable enough for anyone to own one.

The unique name of this Seiko “Cocktail Time” SARB065 comes from the collaboration between Seiko and Japan’s award-winning bartender, Mr. Shinobu Ishigaki. There were three models that came out from the collaboration, and this cool SARB065, also known as “Cocktail Time”, is one of them.

On the outside, the watch comes in a 40mm polished stainless steel case and fixed bezel, with the design being elegant enough and yet subtle enough as to let the dial to attract all the attention it deserves. The domed hardlex crystal dial window certainly gives this watch a distinctive look which some of you would appreciate. Not only that, the crystal on the exhibition caseback, which allows you to observe the movement of the watch from the back, is also made of hardlex. To complement all this, the watch comes with a padded black oiled leather band with blue stitching on the side, secured with a stainless steel deployment clasp.

On the inside, one of the most striking features of this watch is the textured dial, which has the easily recognizable and well-defined sunburst effect on its slightly blueish dial that gives out shine depending on the light condition. There is also a date window at the 3 o’clock position. As for the power source, the Seiko “Cocktail Time” SARB065 is powered by the Seiko’s 6R20 automatic movement, one of the most amazing movements that Seiko has ever produced.

As of writing this post, the Seiko “Cocktail Time” SARB065 hs rated 4.6 out of a possible 5 stars from Amazon.com. This watch will definitely be on my personal buying list as this is probably one of the most elegant watches under the $500 range. If you are looking to buy a watch for yourself or as a gift, this watch will definitely be worth your consideration

P/S: The dial is not as blue as shown in the pictures. The actual color is probably towards silver/grey.

You can see some of the images of the watch below:

Seiko SARB065 – From the Front

Seiko SARB065 – From the Back

Seiko SARB065 – From the Side

FEATURES

  • Very well-made automatic movement – the 6R15
  • The ability to hack the watch, meaning the second hand stops when you pull out the crown, is indeed a very nice feature allowing you to set the time precisely
  • Transparent back allowing you to see the movement
  • Value for money

PROS

  • workmanship and overall build quality are stunning
  • No battery change ever
  • Hack-able and can be manually winded
  • Reliable Seiko movement
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Some people have complained about the quality of the strap
  • The packaging is probably a little on the low-end since this is a JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) watch

See What Other Owners Are Saying About This Watch On Amazon

“Seriously love this watch, so happy every time I put it one. Lots of compliments. Why spend $1,000+ on a watch when this on is the best looking.”

“I love the sunburst effect of the dial. I think it looks fantastic. Many people say that the watch is too thick but I think it works just fine.”

“I am having to resist the urge to wear it too often. Small negatives to this piece: lame/cheap packaging, poor instruction manual, Japanese market.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Brand, Seller, or Collection Name Seiko Watches
Model number SARB065
Part Number SARB065
Item Shape Round
Dial window material type Hardlex
Display Type Analog
Clasp Buckle
Case material Stainless steel
Case diameter 40
Case Thickness 13.1 millimeters
Band Material Calfskin
Band length Men’s Standard
Band width 20 millimeters
Band Color Black
Dial color Silver
Calendar Date
Special features Self-winding with manual winding capability
Item weight 3.04 Ounces
Movement Automatic self wind
Water resistant depth 50 Meters

BOTTOM LINE

At the moment of writing this review, this watch is selling for less than $400. For the watch that you’re getting, it is an absolutely steal. For a watch to have that level of detail in terms of workmanship, movement and precision, this is a watch that will attract nothing but compliments. With its signature guilloche sunburst dial, it is in fact incredible with its radial sunburst pattern resembling waves as you follow around the center of the watch. This is the pattern that allows it to radiate any amount of light, giving the entire watch face an outstanding lustre that is unmatched.

If you are looking for a pleasing-looking dress watch for the most bang for your buck, look no further. This is the watch that you have been looking for.

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