Seiko SPORK “SRP043K1″ Review

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We’ll go ahead and put it out there right away that the SPORK is one of our favorite dive watches that can be had for under $1000. Seiko has been known for its long heritage of high quality, affordable dive watches such as the 007 and the Monster. What it has now gone and done is released an absolutely spectacular tool watch that combines the utility of a diver with the legibility of a military watch. This is a big and heavy tool dive watch with one of the most beautiful, organic designs available (comparable to the much more expensive Sinn 657). The smooth transition of shapes, the positive bezel action, the incredible lume and legibility of the dial all add to the experience of the watch. It wears big, looks big and has awesome wrist presence; an absolute must have in our opinion (if you can find one).

Price Points

Pros & Cons

PROs

  • Beautiful, organic design
  • Easily legible, military style dial
  • Accurate automatic movement
  • Lume lasts all night
  • High quality materials and nice finish
  • Very substantial feel
  • Go anywhere, dive anywhere (ISO certification)
  • Great bang for your buck
  • Nice feeling bracelet (much nicer than lesser Seikos)
  • Very comfortable on the wrist

CONs

  • Getting harder to find
  • Slightly grainy feeling crown
  • Non-hacking, non manual-wind movement
  • Mineral (Hardlex) crystal instead of sapphire

CWR Rating

  • Lume: 95/100 – incredible lume
  • Accuracy: 85/100 – ours timed at +10 sec/day
  • Crown: 85/100 – slightly grainy feeling crown
  • Detail: 88/100 – nice level of detail
  • Case & Manufacturing: 90/100 – very substantial feel
  • Strap / Bracelet: 90/100 – cheap but functional
  • Comfort: 93/100 – surprisingly comfortable for its heft
  • Crystal: 85/100 – domed mineral crystal
  • Design: 95/100 – collectible, classic design
  • The it factor: 95/100 – one of our favorite watches to wear

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