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What intrigues me about the Tuna line is how they haven maintained their uniqueness through the years and continue to maintain their focus on the original mission: a pure diver's watch. Of course, people who dive today use dive computers primarily so the need for a diver's watch is greatly diminished. But for those of us watch nerds who appreciate Seiko's accomplishments and also like that it looks like no other watch on the planet (no Fifty Fathoms/Submariner homage here), the Tuna series is what I consider to be the ultimate watch geek's watch. Chances of ever seeing one in the wild are close to zero, people who see it on our wrists are puzzled, and the robustness of the design insures a lifetime of service.
But I do admit these are an acquired taste. I didn't like them at all when I first got into the hobby, but steady updates from Jeff and others have piqued my interest. The recent updates of the hands with upgraded Lumibrite cemented it for me: my 035 Ninja Tuna arrives tomorrow. To answer your question over on YouTube Jeff, I'll mount it on an Isofrane rubber strap as bracelets and me just don't get along. And colorful NATOs will be used periodically for variety.
SKX, Monster, Sumo, and now a Tuna in my collection. Am I a Seiko fanboy or what? Must...resist...urge...for...MM300...
August 01, 2016 at 09:49 AM
Lee, since you're keeping it on rubber, you should be encouraged to know the stock strap on the 033 looks perfect and is pure comfort. I don't recommend another rubber strap unless you don't like the stock one for whatever reason.
August 01, 2016 at 10:12 AM
Lee, I meant 035, not 033, but both use the same topnotch strap.
August 01, 2016 at 10:13 AM
That's excellent information Jeff, thanks! Part of the killer deal I got in the transaction of the SBBN035 from a WUS member is the inclusion of the stock Seiko rubber strap, a Borealis rubber strap, an Isofrane rubber strap (!), and two NATOs. It's an embarrassment of riches and the watch is only a few months old and looks pristine. The seller is stepping up the ladder and has to consolidate his collection, so it was an offer I couldn't refuse.
Also, speaking of offers that can't be refused, I just got in the mail the new Deep Blue clone of the Seiko SKX007/9. It's called the NATO Diver 300 and has an upgraded Seiko NH36 movement which hacks and hand-winds (unlike the SKX's 7S26), has a sapphire crystal, comes in colors and finishes that Seiko never put out (orange, yellow, PVD), and is 2 mm wider in diameter which suits my wrists better than the SKX which I understand wears a little small. The crazy part: it's a $150 with Deep Blue's special sale code "HYDRO". For that price, why not take a chance? I bought it to replace my broken Orange Monster and I have to say that initial impressions are very positive. This may be the dive watch deal of the century, particularly since Seiko has apparently ended continuous production of the SKX (limited runs only, according to the Seiko rep ar Baselworld) and has not given us watch aficionados the updates (movement, crystal) that we have begged them to consider.
Honestly, I don't know how Deep Blue is making any money on this one.
August 01, 2016 at 03:27 PM
That is an amazing deal on the Deep Blue. Enjoy both watches. Deep Blue has a Tuna copy on shark mesh. I forgot the name of it.
August 01, 2016 at 04:26 PM
Hi Jeff, Now that you have a school of Tunas I am wondering if you are missing the SRP655? While it is not a true Tuna there is a certain uniqueness to the watch that none of the other hit. Still haven't found the best band for it. Also not sure if you would remember how many turns it took to screw down the crown?
August 02, 2016 at 05:55 AM
Steve, I owned the 655 twice, but never warmed up to it. I may be wearing smaller watches now, part of a new aesthetic. I liked it, but I didn't love it for lots of wear. It only took me one or two turns to tighten the crown.
August 02, 2016 at 06:43 AM
Thanks for the reply. Mine takes about 1 turn which is the least of any of my watches. Since you have owned both the SRP655 and the SBBN035. I know you have sold both but I was wondering how you thought they compared? I have always had a thing for the darth tuna the SBBN035 is close and less expensive.
August 02, 2016 at 07:53 AM
The SBBN035 is a classier piece. A friend who saw both of them agreed with me. The 035 is a watch you can wear for years. In contrast, the 655 is more of a short-term watch for fun. That is my impression.
August 02, 2016 at 08:22 AM
Sangean HDR-18 review by Jay:
August 02, 2016 at 10:08 AM
The Tuna arrived today and I am stunned at how good it is. I don't think any other watch has ever impressed me so much out of the box like this one has. Jeff, you are exactly right about the quality of the OEM rubber strap: it is outstanding! Like the Sumo I purchased earlier this year, I am once again telling myself: why in the world did I wait so long?!!
Last week I had that durn Omega Planet Ocean on my wrist again in a local jewelry store, thinking about a purchase. It was nice and all, but not $5000's worth of nice. These two Seikos -- the Tuna and the Sumo -- are really World Beaters and I imagine I'll be satisfied for years with these two brilliant divers in my collection.
August 02, 2016 at 03:39 PM
I'm glad you like the Tuna. It's iconic for a reason. At that price point, there's nothing in its class for build quality and distinction.
August 02, 2016 at 04:49 PM
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