Seiko 5 7S26 "LumiDial"
All living things gravitate towards light. We are constantly amazed by the energy given off by a light source, bewildered, if you must, by luminescence.
The same principle that sends billions of insects to their doom has been employed to much constructive use by the watch industry. Luminous paint has long been used to capture the sun and place it the space of our wrists. Seiko has even developed their own version of luminous paint - LumiBrite, and it is used copiously on this watch,
The LumiDial gives off a very sporty appeal, first from the tonneau case that links nicely to the bracelet. The polished baton indices add to the theme of light, reflecting light from all angles to give you that increased legibility. Hour and minute hands blend very well into the indices, adding to the sports watch favour.
Much of the design elements have been concentrated on the outer and inner bezels. A 24-hour indication and minute markers complete the sports watch look, leaving much of the dial clean for it's unique purpose - to capture the sun.
It's funky I give you that, but I can't really say that I find it distasteful. It somehow gives the watch a new persona, and man will it be the conversation starter.
Over it all, the bright red second hand sweeps across the radiating base, providing a nice contrast should your taste tire from the luminescent allure. If that doesn't strike your fancy, perhaps a look through the display back at the workhorse 7S26 calibre will do the trick.
2004 Seiko 5 7S26 "LumiDial"
Hour, minute, second hands with day-date display
Eng/Arb day display
36mm stainless steel case
22mm proprietary lug width
7S26 automatic @ 21,600vph
Hardex glass crystal
Seiko stainless steel bracelet