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New today... The Seiko SBEP003 aka DigiTuna

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I’ve had my eye on one of these for quite some time now and you know what happens on eBay after a few too many!

Initially released for the Japanese domestic market in a number of colour combinations (001,003,005,007,009) the SBEP has been designed by Yuki Kajiwara of LOWERCASE design and is a bit of an oddity but one that I really quite like. 

It’s fully digital and has every function you could realistically want including 44 world time locations , a touch screen activated back light and a perpetual calendar for about 60 years. Oh and it’s solar powered and apparently as tough as a GShock which means it gets the Prospex X logo.

At 49.5mm and 14mm thick it’s a big old piece of kit but the short lug length and 80g lightness makes it very wearable. Without the resin shroud it comes in at 43mm.  I said it was a bit of an oddity and it is.... at first glance you’d say it’s a diver but the bezel moves both ways and it’s actually part of the Fieldmaster range which seems a bit strange. That said, we’re still good for 200m which in reality is plenty.
 

On to the bezel, which again is unusual / unheard of on a digital watch but works just fine. Each minute that passes another marker is lit up on the outer ring so to measure elapsed time you just line the pip up with the newest digi dot and off you go!

All in all it seems to be a typical mid range Seiko which can go anywhere and do anything and at 30,000 Yen or roughly 200 quid I’d say it’s not bad on price either. I’d certainly pick it in a zombie / corona virus apocalypse situation that’s for sure :laughing2dw:  
 


 

 

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Very cool indeed, congratulations. 

I have the analogue solar SNE498 and I adore it................

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