For decades now, the Seiko 5 Sports mechanical watches have been the gateway drug for watch enthusiasts. Priced in the sub-$200 category, they have been unbelievable value propositions for more than 50 years now. Seiko has now introduced a new range of Seiko 5 Sports with a new design but keeping the core values of the original collection.

The first Seiko 5 Sports model from 1968

The first ever Seiko 5 watch, Seiko Sportmatic 5, was born in 1963. It was Seiko’s and Japan’s first ever automatic day-date watch. ‘’5’’ represented the promise that every Seiko 5 watch would have five key attributes; an automatic movement, a day-date display at the three o’clock position, water resistance, a recessed crown at the four o’clock position and a case and bracelet built for durability.

In 1968, Seiko 5 Sports was born. It was created for the ever-growing number of men and women who wanted a watch they could trust as they played sports. In addition to the fundamental values of Seiko 5, Seiko 5 Sports offered enhanced water resistance, a strengthened crystal and luminous hands and hour markers.

The Sports Style Ref. SRPD51

There are 27 different executions — each in one of five styles: Sports, Suits, Specialist, Street and Sense — but all of them share some common characteristics. All of them have the same case dimensions, a 42.5 mm steel case that's 13.4 mm thick and fitted with a recessed crown at 4 o’ clock, unidirectional bezel, Hardlex mineral crystal, the same arrow-shaped hands, luminous hour makers, and the same self-winding Caliber 4R36 movement that's visible thanks to an exhibition caseback.

The collection embraces a wide range of straps and bracelets from steel mesh to silicone/leather hybrids. Unlike the SKX divers watches, this new collection has a water-resistance of only 100 meters. All the dials feature a day and date indication at 3 o’ clock and the “5” symbol at a 45 degree tilt just below the brand herald.

The Specialist style Ref. SRPD76

Sports: There are 11 different variations in this style including a “pepsi” two tone bezel. All of them have the sun-ray finish dial and is reminiscent of the SKX divers.

Suits: Characterized by a retro-style Milanese mesh bracelet and vintage-style lume (SRPD71K1), this style has 11 variations too including one with a cream dial.

The Suits style Ref. SRPD71K1 and Street Ref. SRPD79K1

Specialist: This style features a gold PVD style case (SPRD76K1) and a new strap style – silicone with an alligator-print calf leather lining on top.

Street: The black-out model with the black PVD case and dark dial (SRPD79K1) is the coolest of the lot. It is paired with a Nato-style strap. It is also available with bright blue and bright red accents.

Sense: This style features two variants, one with a green textured dial and a contrasting orange seconds hand (SRPD77K1) and another a brown textured dial with a turquoise central seconds hand.   

The textured dial of Ref. SRPD77K1

As mentioned before, all these watches are powered by the trusted automatic Caliber 4R36, with 24 jewels, optional manual-winding, a 41 hour power reserve and a hacking second hand. The watch can also be manually wound.

The watches will be priced $280 upwards and is expected to hit stores in September this year.

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