Yes, it’s the Seiko Alpinist, SARB017, very easy to recognize. The Alpinist is made for the Japanese market, but with its popularity, it has spilled over to the American market.
Seiko introduced the Laurel Alpinist in 1961 wristwatch in 1961.
It was Seiko’s first attempt to make a sports watch, and designed specifically for Japanese mountain hiking and climbing. And the watch still today is made tough to take a beating and still deliver accuracy.
Change the watch band. I tend to use a tough leather band during the winter and a Nato band style nylon band in the summer.
About The Alpinist
The caliber 6R15 is a high-quality movement that is used in some of Seiko’s higher-end watches which sell upwards of $1,000.
The Diaflex is an unbreakable mainspring and 23 jewels (23 contact points of moving components apply jewels to reduce friction and improve accuracy and durability).
Running at 6 beats per second, or six times per second for an aesthetically pleasing sweep of the second hand. And there’s a 50-hour power reserve to the mainspring which can get you through the weekend without losing too much time even if you don’t wind it at all.
The movement is hackable, meaning the second-hand stops when the crown is pulled out to set the time, and 2 also hand-winding is available. Hand-winding will ensure that your mainspring can be fully charged, even if you don’t wear it.
The sapphire is the second strongest crystal, the glass is flat and slightly raised above the bezel to give a clean look.
You can see the purity and clarity of the sapphire glass.