We have long described the Seiko 5 Sports series is the “biggest cheat code” in the watch. Why? Because the watches made by the legendary Japanese brand, which are often under $500, offer the kind of quality and design that cost many times that number. Usually, the major Swiss watch brands are those with a deep collection community with well-loved timepieces. But Seiko fans are equally fervent, and the hunt for beloved Seikos like the “Pogue” and “Orange Monster” is fierce. Now, the Seiko 5 Sports line is going deep into its bench with the first GMT model.
In July, Seiko will release its new GMT line with a trio of watches built with the world traveler in mind — though perhaps more of the type that uses credit card hacks rather than first-class bribes. . For those who are new to watches, the GMT model is equipped with an hour and second hand so that the watch can keep track of the time in multiple positions at once. The new line-up includes three new colors: a black and blue bezel reminiscent of Rolex’s “Batman,” and a gray black and orange life jacket. Notably, the new model also comes with a five-row Jubilee-style bracelet. At just $475, this is considered one of the best deals in the field of watches.
Let’s talk about silly things. Why wait for a GMT watch until now? Seiko has developed an entirely new movement to house inside its trio of new watches. Adding a second hour hand complicates the movement and risks inflating it and therefore the watch. The result can be something thick and unusable, and that’s what Seiko needs to develop to combat. GMT’s new movement, called the 4R34, is just 0.1 mm larger than the movement in other Seiko 5 Sports models, so the size increase won’t stand out to anyone without a caliper.