People like gold. It’s a simple statement, but what about people who can’t afford gold? It’s rare if not impossible to find an affordable gold watch because it’s simply not economically feasible. But what if you had a watch that merely looks like gold and is from a trusted and respected brand? Well, now we’re talking. Seiko have done just that with four new editions in the Seiko 5 Sports series.
There are so many different versions of the Seiko 5 Sports but these are perhaps the best executed gold watches offered by Seiko.
These are all built on the same SKX-inspired 42.5mm stainless steel case that’s been painted gold. Some may say that this is cheating – it is – but Seiko as a brand has always been for those who can’t afford a Rolex or even a Tudor, it’s their own (not so) little niche and they’ve exploited it well.
All four watches are worn on a three-link steel bracelet with a folding clasp, a metallic insert with a 60-minute scale on the bezel, exhibition caseback, and are powered by the 4R36 with a 41-hour power reserve and day-date function.
The SRPK18 has a full gold-coloured case and bracelet with a matte black dial, brushed gold-toned bezel insert, and gold-coloured indices and hands.
The SRPK20 has the same case and bracelet as the 18 though with a brushed sapphire, blue dial, black bezel insert with gold markers.
The other two watches are two-tone (or bicolour) watches with the SRPK22 featuring a brushed charcoal dial and the SRPK24 with a brushed brown dial.
These are all available now from seikousa.com and are priced at $395 USD. Unfortunately for Australians, these are only available in the U.S. but it surely won’t take long for these to appear on the secondary market.