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The Seiko Presage Automatic White "Baby GS Snowflake" Pwr Rsv Ref. SARW041 is the latest from the house of Seiko. Introduced to the public in early 2018 and one of the most anticipated Presage model from Seiko after the "Baby GS Snowflake" Ref. SARX055. It is a great balance between quality, price and complication. Many call this the baby Grand Seiko Snowflake due to the high level of finishing to the case and bracelet and its resemblance to the GS SBGA011. This is probably the closest you can get to a GS Snowflake without paying the GS price.
|Seiko Baby GS Snowflake with Power Reserve, SARW041, with DiaShield protection|
Powered by Seiko's 6R automatic caliber, the 6R27 operates at 28,800 BPH (4 Hertzs) with hacking and hand winding capabilities. It has 29 jewels with a power reserve of 45 hours through a Spron 510 mainspring.
A gentlemen’s mechanical watch that can be worn on any occasion and feel proud of it especially for it's uncanny resemblence to its predigre “Grand Seiko” cousins. Part of the Presage lineup of dress watches, means that this is a step above the Spirit collection(SARB033) in terms of built and finishing. The SARX055 is fitted in a modest 40.8mm case with a slim profile of 12.4mm. The titanium case is treated with Seiko’s DiaShield coating on the case and bracelet. This provide scratch-protection and extra corrosion resistance.
|Intricate finishing on the multi faceted case and bracelet|
Now, the case is a piece of art by itself. The titanium case is finished in multiple finishing, polished on the faceted side and fine satin brushed on the top of the lugs. Titanium by nature is a dull material and it takes a special technique and experience to finish it to a mirror finshing. When was the last time you see a titanium case finished to this high standard? The use of titanium means this watch is extremely comfortable due to its weight or lack of. Like the SARX033 and GS, the bracelet is a highlight of the SARW041. The bracelet on the SARW041 is also made entirely from titanium. Each individual link is made up of 5 parts. Satin brushed on the 3 main parts and polished on the connecting parts. The 2 outer parts are oval and the 3 center parts are faceted to give the bracelet a sense of quality and dimensions.
|Polished applied indexes and blue dauphine hands|
The "snowflake" dial is probably the main highlight of the watch and where it got its nickname from. The silverish white snowflake dial is inspired by snow. The texture on the dial resembles frost that falls on one another in the winter. Couple this with polished applied indexes and blue dauphine hands and blue seconds hand, the dial is unique in its own way and we have difficulty putting a finger on what makes this watch so attractive. The main difference from the SARX055 is the different layers used, the dial looks surprisingly 3-dimensional, where the date subdials and power reserve indicator are deep set into the dial. And decision by Seiko ti exclude the date counter is certainly a welcome by most as it cleans up the dial significantly. A very high level of fine finishing is demonstrated again in this presage model.
|Mesmerizing snowflake dial|
And to top it all, the sapphire crystal treated with a super-clear coating that makes the crystal disappear and make time reading easily in any lighting conditions. One can easily spend hours looking at the watch to admire the intricate details that Seiko has put into this excellent dress watch. This is a classic case of when less is more.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a classy watch that is charsmatic and extremely well made that won't break the bank and a little complication to go with, the Presage Automatic White "Baby GS Snowflake" Pwr Rsv Ref. SARW041 is probably it. While it is not a SBGA011, we think it can hold its head high when sitted next to the SBGA011.