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Hello. I bought mine back in February off Amazon (shipped from and sold by Amazon), for $422 total. It's currently, $425 now Sarb
From what I've researched, if you buy from Amazon, making sure it says (sold by and shipped by Amazon ) will provide you with legit new product with box and warranty paper.
I tracked the price for a while and the lowest it got was around 330-350 I think. I haven't seen it go to this price lately though.
Looks like the white/cream dial has been cheaper around $340.
If you can swing the extra money, this price is not bad.
These new are about $358 on Amazon. Don't know how long they'll remain that price but right now that's what they're going for.
Seiko Men's Japanese-Automatic Watch with Stainless-Steel Strap, Silver, 20 (Model: SARB033) [link]
Price: $300-$400 new
Movement: Automatic (6R15)
Size: 38mm (without crown)
Description: Despite it being discontinued and going up in price, the SARBs are still some of the most popular watches in this price range and for good reason. They have a classic and timeless design, from the applied indices, the dauphine hands, to the mix of brushed and polished finishing on the case. With Seiko moving upmarket over the last few years, the SARBs are a cheaper way to get your hands on a 6R15 movement, with a 50 hour power reserve and better stated accuracy than the 4R35/7S26. They also come with a sapphire crystal and 100m water resistance.
Overall the SARB is an incredibly versatile watch and is a great buy especially for those of us with smaller wrists.
I just bought thar SARB033 the other day on Amazon for about 330+
I personally think you can't go wrong with the black face as it looks good for any occasion.
Hello, r/watches! I'm entirely new to watches and was hoping for a couple suggestions for versatile dress-watches in the $300-$500 dollar range. Pardon me if my terminology is off.
I work as a programmer and I'd like to add a little bit of "gravitas" to my outfits. I tend to wear jeans/chinos and button downs, but sometimes I will go with jeans/tshirt combo. My shoes are either some nice sneakers or boots. Basically, I want a watch that I can wear anytime that says "Even though I'm a nerd, I have a little good taste."
I took a look at some of the popular watches on this subreddit and the one that really caught my eye was the Seiki sarb033. I love the clean, simple look and coloring of the dial and it seems like a watch you could wear with most any outfit.
I'm wondering if anyone here knows of any good watches that are similar in style and price to this watch.
TL;DR: Want a watch that will lend a bit of class to my simplistic outfits and will help me offset the "young programmer" vibe.
Sorry if this is vague or beating a dead horse!
EDIT: I don't know enough about watches (yet) to care about extra functionality or the difference in movement: I'm going mostly for aesthetic.
Yeah that's a good point... But yeah my budget is flexible so I'm really considering the last suggestion.
Thank you for the suggestions!
I am going to try and order on Amazon.ca through this company
Seems reviews for the seller are solid and it looks like nobody is getting dinged too badly with duty. Hopefully it works out haha. I'm also ultra paranoid ordering a watch without trying it on.
Yeah found the exact watch at a pretty nice discount on amazon
is amazon like really legit? these discounts are sick .__.
Should I pull the trigger on a Seiko SARB033? It would be my first real watch. I have a digital watch that I can use as a beater. I do not have a watch that I feel is appropriate in nicer clothing.
I've been looking at the SARBs for some time and it seems the SARG series is a new line on the same level. They've got identical automatic movements, sapphire, similar (high) quality of finish. Do I see the SARB033 is discounted? Ugh, that's a good deal.
They make lots, it just depends on your price point. If you're looking for about a hundred I would get a Seiko 5 like the one the other user posted but if you have some more money to spend I would highly recommend the watch below
SARB033 The watch in question, it's not super nice, but my father has never spent money on accessories or jewelry and he's not a fan of the idea for work.
Pretty good price at $350 on Amazon right now. you're making me want to spend money OP
To OP. Amazon has them for $357 brand new. Seiko Men's Japanese-Automatic Watch with Stainless-Steel Strap, Silver, 20 (Model: SARB033) [link]
They have done down in price.
Amazon Canada still sells the Sarb033
Selling my Seiko Sarb033 watch, worn daily for a few months bought new from Amazon. Selling because low on cash now and haven’t worn in a while. Comes with Barton crocodile leather 20mm strap in black and the original Seiko steel bracelet and all original links. (Fitted for 6.75 inch now). Comes with original box. 38mm, specs of watch can be found here [link]
Asking for $350. PayPal only. Shipping to CONUS only. Buyer pays 3% fee for PayPal G&S.
Link to more pictures. [link]
There are plenty of "dressy" Seikos. If you like a black face like the Citizen, this: [link]
Is a great choice and well within your budget.
The Citizen Stilletto is a great watch but beyond what you mentioned you wanted to spend. Also, it's a quartz movement (not necessarily a bad thing, btw).
If you're into that price range and you like that style, check out this: [link]
If you really want to go all out, look at an SARB033 [link]
The finishing and bracelet on the SARB033 will absolutely go toe to toe with any of the high 4 too low 5 figure Swiss Luxury watches out there and the movement is fantastic. If the SARB was made in Switzerland, it would retail for $5,000.
Any of these watches are watches you can be proud of wearing and would be a really thoughtful, nice gift. My everyday watch is one of the watches that all the replica clowns want to own. But, if someone gave me either of the two higher tier Seikos I would really think that it was a great, generous gift.
I'll second the Seiko SARB thinking... Amazon has the SARB033 for $360. which leaves plenty left over for a nice leather strap (see here for ideas).
If you can stretch the budget a wee bit, the Seiko SARB0033 is a great choice.
Seiko Sarb033 [link]
Orient Bambino [link]
The SARB017 is an all-time classic watch. Seiko SARB033 and 035 are excellent choices as well. Seikos that were destined for the Japanese domestic market are all top-quality.
I agree with /u/Koczk88 that gold watches are not ideal for casual style. If he is set on a gold-tone watch, you may want to look at the Tissot Visodate. I have a Tissot and a Seiko SARB and both are great watches. If leather is a concern, you could swap the band for a two-piece perlon strap. Vegan leather is available as well, but honestly I would avoid it. A nice soft rubber strap may also be a good alternative for the Seikos, but probably wouldn't work with the Tissot.
here's an expensive solar seiko that looks very similar:
a cheaper solar selection:
if you can swing the $350... that one looks stunning to me.
Sarb033 or Sarb035?
So what is the main difference between the GS and this one? Is the GS more accurate and durable? Seiko MECHANICAL SARB033 Mens Wrist Watch [link]
Oh wow, there is so much good stuff in that price range. Perhaps the Alpinist's little brother, the Seiko SARB033. Another absolutely stunning watch for the price. It is luxury quality, truly.
While the SARBs are my favorite, there are really a ton of good watches in that price range though. Check out the buying guide for more info. I could list them here all day though! :P
If you want a high quality, classic looking watch, then you can't beat the Seiko SARB. Here's one in your price range
If I was in your situation these are the watches I would buy:
Diver: Steinhart Ocean 1 black (~$430) and then a decent rubber strap is around $50-70 more
Dress : Seiko sarb033/sarb035 (~$340) and then a leather strap $20-50. Also note this watch is very versatile and can also be used as a day to day watch.
That'll put you around $900 for 2 very nice watches.
Seiko SARB033 or a Christopher Ward C5 (or a similar Christopher Ward) would both be good options for your budget. If you want something vintage you could probably find a nice Omega Seamster over on /r/Watchexchange.
Plenty of people here will know more than myself but I really enjoy Seiko's SARB line for dress watches. Here is the model with a black dial, there are others with different colors for pretty much the same price. Another option is Orient Star Classic.
I was looking for Swiss brands like Hamilton and Tissot with bracelets and automatic movements but those two factors pumped them past $500 where I was looking. BUT, if you are willing to buy a quartz, then that opens up Hamilton, Citizen and possibly some others.
Edit: Whoops almost forgot to mention Tissell. Most come on bands but are cheap enough for you to buy a bracelet and remain in budget.
I would look at a Seiko SARB033. It's a bit more than your budget, but I think it's worth checking out.
Amazon has it for 399.98 ^.^
For day to day wear, I love the Seiko SARB033: [link] . It's fantastic looking in person. If you're looking for a white face, the SARB035 is beautiful too: [link]
These two watches, in my view, are fantastic for both daily wear and more formal wear.
Wait, isn't this 37mm wide? It looks perfectly normal sized here. Are the Amazon measurements wrong?
The Seiko SARB033 here on Amazon for 300 sounds like it might be a good option. For the price, you'd have to look pretty hard to find better value. It's great looking, Automatic, has a sapphire crystal, an exhibition caseback, and it's very well made. Have a look at this review for some more info. If you prefer a Swiss watch though, maybe the Hamilton Khaki Field automatic would be a good option too. You really can't go wrong with either of them though. They're both great value.
I've been trying to find decent diver watches within the same budget ($1000) for the past few weeks. Honestly, there aren't that many choices within our budget. I've looked at Steinhart, Armida, Squale, Kiger Milsubs, Halios, Longines hydroconquest + legend diver, Tag Heuer Aquaracer, Tiger Concepts, Christopher Ward, Helson Divers, Alpina, etc... I just didn't find the "right one" for me. My dream watch also is Tudor Black Bay Black at the moment so we clearly have a similar taste in a diver watch.
I've still yet to pull the trigger on any watch as Black Friday is coming and I wanna see what choices it's going to offer me. (I highly doubt there will be any, and I'm not a fan of hamilton or tissot)
But I still have a few choices that I can recommend within $1000.
MK II Nassau
STEINHART "OCEAN Titanium 500 Premium"
You can also get decent Sinn watches or Damasko watches used as well. They're not "divers" but many models have bi-directional bezels. I believe some of their watches use highly sophisticated technology to build their watch cases. For example, Damasko ice-hardens their watch cases which means it's scratch resistant and it's durable. I've talked to a user who used ~4years+ (Damasko DA37) and it's still going strong for him, It's definitely one of a kind tool watch out there.
I had a look at the newer buyers guide. Here are 2 examples that have some of the features I am liking.
I like the small display this one has on the front side. It also has the back display, but there aren't that many pieces to see which is disappointing. I also do not like the band.
This one has an amazing wrist band to it. You can see more parts on the back display, which is really nice. More would always be better. The front looks really nice as well. My only complaint about the front is that is does not have the small display that the above watch had.
I hope this paints a bit better of a picture of what I am looking for.