Sep 26, 2015

2013 Seiko SRP231K 4R36 Baby Tuna Shrouded Diver

Seiko SRP231K 4R36 
Baby Tuna Shrouded Diver
Circa 2013

The Seiko diver series of watches need no introduction. Having celebrated 50 years of diving watch making this year, the Japanese giants have no doubt cemented their mark in horology history.

Among their wallet-friendly ranges of diving watches is the Baby Tuna, or the Sardine. So named because the huge case resembles that of a tuna / sardine can. 

The SRP series of shrouded divers offer a plastic shroud for protection against the harsh reefs and rocks that the diver will face down under. The uni-directional bezel then sits comfortably inside the shroud except for the two grooves to allow the diver to utilize the bezel. 

The dial is also very well constructed - matte black forms the perfect backdrop for the white Lumibrite markers and hands, providing unrivalled legibility in low light conditions. Each luminous hour marker sits in small grooves cut into the chapter ring, a small detail that goes a long way with me.

The 2013 series of shrouded divers also come with the nicest hands on a Seiko diver I've ever encountered, making the appreciate of the timepiece even more worthwhile. 

Strapped to the significantly sized case is Seiko's accordion rubber strap, which allows for maximum comfort even while the diver's wrist expands during the dive.  

All in, the Seiko SRP231K is an excellent offering for a sporty outfit. It may be designed to dive 200m down, but it'll also fit a nice t-shirt and jeans. Surprisingly trendy for a utility tool. 

2013 Seiko SRP231K 4R36 Baby Tuna Shrouded Diver
Hour, minute and central sweeping seconds
Eng / Rom day display
Black dial
45mm stainless steel case with plastic shroud
50mm lug-to-lug
22mm lug width
4R36 automatic @ 21,600vph
Hardlex crystal
Seiko rubber diving strap

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