Robust and reasonably priced: Seiko Sportura models are the perfect watches for the everyday life of the sportsman. Special editions like the Sportura Chronograph FC Barcelona and the Sportura F1 Honda Racing Team are coveted among fans.
The manufacturer Seiko stands, above all, for new technologies and advances in the art of watchmaking. Seiko especially demonstrates its courage with hybrid movements that combine components of quartz movements and mechanical calibers, bringing together the best of both mechanisms. In the Sportura collection, there are also calibers that use Kinetic technology. They convert kinetic energy into electrical energy and use it to recharge the battery of these models. As early as 1989, a year after its release, Kinetic was honored by the leaders of the Blue Angel for being exceptionally environmentally friendly. Kinetic watches have a power reserve of up to 6 months , as unused energy is simply stored. Additionally, the battery doesn't need to be changed, unlike with traditional quartz movements.
There are also solar watches in the Sportura collection: All types of light charge the battery of these timepieces. They are as precise as quartz watches and have a power reserve of up to 12 months. As the solar cells are not visible, it is only the word "Solar" written on the dial that reveals the watch's true nature.
The appearance of Seiko Sportura Models has everything a sportsman's heart could desire. The cases are made out of titanium or stainless steel, which is often coated with a dark titanium carbide, and are up to 45 mm in diameter. This combination of titanium and carbon is either gray or black and is extremely robust. The indices and hands are coated in Seiko's in-house luminous material LumiBrite, making it possible to tell the time even in the dark. Blue, yellow, and red accents add to the sporty look of these watches. When it comes to bands, you can choose between leather straps with stitching and a perforated pattern or bracelets made from stainless steel.
|Model||Features||Winding mechanism||Price (approx.)|
|Sportura GPS World Time 8X22 (SSF005J1)||GPS, world timer, date, perpetual calendar, titanium carbide plating||Quartz with solar cell technology||1,200 euros|
|Sportura GPS World Time 8X22 (SSF003J1)||GPS, world timer, date, perpetual calendar||Quartz with solar cell technology||800 euros|
|Sportura Automatic (SSA885J1)||Skeletonizing and transparent glass case back||Automatic||500 euros|
|Sportura Kinetic GMT (SUN017P1)||Second timezone, date||Quartz with Kinetic technology||400 euros|
|Sportura Kinetic (SKA879P1)||Date||Quartz with Kinetic technology||400 euros|
|Sportura Kinetic (SKA878P1)||Bicolor, date||Quartz with Kinetic technology||400 euros|
|Sportura Chronograph F1 Honda Racing Team (7T62-0HV0)||Special edition, timer||Quartz||400 euros|
|Sportura Big Date (SPC135P1)||Timer, date, tachymetric scale||Quartz||380 euros|
|Sportura Chronograph FC Barcelona Special Edition (SPC089P1)||Special edition, retrograde timer||Quartz||300 euros|
Watches from Seiko have a depth of production of up to 100%, meaning that each and every part of the watch has been developed and produced in-house. The manufacturer works with great attention to detail and thus offers pieces with an incomparable value for money. Sportura chronographs in mint condition start at around 380 euros. For instance, you could buy a new Seiko Sportura Big Date (SPC135P1) made of stainless steel for this price. This quartz watch is water resistant up to 100 meters (10 bar), and the time is shown on a blue dial through scratch-resistant sapphire glass. The tachymetric scale is also blue and is especially helpful in measuring speeds, for example, in a car race. With a diameter of 44 mm, there is enough space for three subdials and a date indicator at 12 o'clock. It can also measure times of up to 60 minutes in increments of 1/5 of a second.
The Seiko Sportura Kinetic GMT (SUN017P1) is similar in appearance to the Sportura Big Date but uses Kinetic technology. The luminous yellow hand of this model shows the time in a second time zone with the help of the 24-hour scale on the blue bezel, and the date is displayed at 3 o'clock. You can use the pusher at 2 o'clock to see the power reserve, which lasts up to six months. Once this reserve is used up, the instant-start function ensures that the watch starts ticking again as soon as you move it. A Seiko Sportura Kinetic GMT in mint condition costs about 400 euros.
On the other hand, a GPS function and world time display speak in favor of the solar watch Sportura GPS World Time 8X22 (SSF003J1). With a full battery, this model has a power reserve of two years and recharges using all light sources. The time and timezone are automatically set and updated via GPS. The ceramic bezel displays city codes, making it possible to tell the time in 40 time zones. The Sportura GPS World also contains a perpetual calendar, which will remain accurate until February 2100. Its design is sporty but not overdone, as the hour markings are replaced with bright indices. This contrast gives the black dial of this 45-mm stainless steel watch a neat appearance. Red accents emphasize the sporty look of the Seiko world time watch, which sells for about 800 euros. You can buy the same model with black titanium carbide coating (SSF005J1) for 1,200 euros.
Seiko also offers women's watches in the Sportura collection. The Seiko Sportura Kinetic (SKA879P1), for instance, has a light ceramic bezel and a matching mother-of-pearl dial. Combined with a case that is water resistant up to 100 m (10 bar) and a bracelet made from stainless steel, it is both sporty and feminine. This Kinetic watch is also powered by the natural movement of your arm but has the precision of a quartz watch. Seiko Sportura women's watches in mint condition cost around 400 euros, as does the bicolor variant (SKA878P1) of this model. If you're looking for a sporty automatic watch for women, the Seiko Sportura Automatic (SSA885J1) might suit you. This model is quite similar in appearance to the Kinetic model, but has a sapphire crystal back and is skeletonized at 9 o'clock, giving you a glimpse at the balance wheel of the automatic caliber 4R38. In mint condition, this three-hand watch sells for around 500 euros.
Seiko has dedicated special editions to FC Barcelona and the Honda Racing Team, highlighting their connection to athletic expertise. The Sportura Chronograph FC Barcelona Special Edition (SPC089P1) may appeal to soccer fans. The retrograde chronograph is made of stainless steel and is powered by the quartz caliber 7T82. It bears the soccer club's crest between 3 and 4 o'clock, and the blue, red, and yellow accents on the rest of the watch pay homage to the team's colors. You can purchase the FC Barcelona Special Edition for around 300 euros.
For fans of motor sport, the Sportura Chronograph F1 Honda Racing Team (7T62-0HV0) might be just the right watch. It is designed in the team's colors, red and black, and keeps the time using a quartz caliber. The name of the team is written on the dial at 3 o'clock, as well as on the case back. In good condition, this watch sells for around 400 euros.