Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Excellent Review Found -- SEIKO 4S36 GMT Retrograde SARN001

Review is an understatement.  This one is a thesis.  Don at the TimeKeeper Forum has prepared one of the best reviews I have ever read on the SEIKO 4S36 GMT Retrograde SARN001.  He first starts with a Ray Bradbury-esq science fiction intro followed by a survey of Seiko World/Duo Timer models, followed by a genealogy of the 52xx/4S caliber.  Now if that wasn't enough for you he wraps it all up in a nice package and  finishes with a comprehensive, hands on review of the SARN001.

Click on the link below and check out this review of an interesting model that I know I have a greater appreciation for after reading.

 http://www.timekeeper.co.nz/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=763


Picture from watch-tanaka.

1 comment:

JapanWatchConnection said...

This is one terrific watch, but somehow, it has managed to consistently fall below the radar screen of Seiko aficionados. It is the most expensive model in the Seiko Japan "Mechanical" line up but it also sports a very special movement and very near Grand Seiko like fit and finish. This watch is still being produced and it is offered in 2 flavors:

SARN001 with black dial and metal bracelet (As shown above)
SARN003 with blue dial over croc strap and deployant clasp

This is the only other mechanical GMT I can think of with a high end movement priced well below the realm of Grand Seikos. I have a feeling that Seiko Japan doesn't really know how to promote this watch properly and I am sure it hasn't sold well since its 2007 debut. Priced at 262,500 YEN in Japan, this watch costs the same as a 8L35 equipped Seiko Prospex MarineMaster 300m diver. While I respect and enjoy the MM300 and its faithful followers, my money is in on these 4S36 caliber SARNs. Way better movement, better watch for the money and far more rare/unique imho.

I am afraid that the days for this model are numbered, so if you don't desire or can't pony the admission price of a new Grand Seiko GMT mechanical, this Seiko SARN001/003 should be at the top of your shopping list.

These watches used are also very good values and have seen prices for pre-loved samples in the $1500 range. They don't come out often on sales forums but well worth keeping your eyes peeled for one.