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  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
  • Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109
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Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109

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It comes as no surprise that Seiko 5 watches come with an incredible value proposition and are arguably praised as being one of the most affordable automatic watches available on the market. More than 50 years ago, Seiko unveiled their first Seiko 5, the "Sportsmatic 5," in 1963, which brought specifications and innovations to the watch industry that rivals many of their Swiss counterparts. This also marked Japan's first-ever mechanical watch with a day-date complication. The number '5' represents five core attributes that a Seiko 5 watch has to possess: A self-winding automatic movement, water-resistance capabilities, a day-date complication, a recessed crown at the 4 o'clock position, and a durable case.

Seiko has long offered their highly reliable yet affordable Seiko 5 sports collection, especially the SKX diver line for us watch enthusiasts who want to get our hands-on with true mechanical horology at a pocket-friendly price, and boy do they caught on since 1963. However, Seiko's decided it's time to end the long-running SKX sports models recently, which caused severe commotion among us, and it's daunting. Until recently…

Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary - Ltd Ed 11000 pcs Ref. SBSA109 / SRPG47

In 2019, Seiko revitalized and relaunched their Seiko 5 Sports collection, adding an astounding 27 new watches to the collection that was essentially based on the highly iconic Seiko SKX007, the quintessential beater dive watch for many watch enthusiasts that was recently discontinued since its production in 1996. The latest generation of Seiko 5 Sports watches brought an array of vivid colors and youthful designs carrying the upgraded caliber 4R36 and the new Seiko 5 logo.

In 2021, the Seiko 5 Sports legacy has joined the company's 140th-anniversary celebratory effort and their back with some significant upgrades while staying true to their design roots. Seiko added a new model in a blue-and-white silhouette, clad with the same affordability and even tougher built.

Joining the many exciting variations of the revamped Seiko 5 Sports line of watches is the limited edition Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary Ref. SBSA109, retaining the classic case and handsets from the famed SKX007 while bringing contemporary upgrades with a refreshing new appearance that will not fail to impress.

4R36 automatic caliber

Before we get into the new Seiko 5 Sports lineup, we are excited to inform you Seiko enthusiasts that this whole new collection is available as JDM (Japan Domestic models)! This JDM collection is denoted with the "MADE IN JAPAN" at 6 on the dial. The good news is that we at Gnomon provide these JDMs Seiko 5 Sports for all of you.

Limited 11,000 pieces, the Seiko 5 Sports 140th Anniversary Ref. SBSA109 is inherent to one of the most iconic SKX's re-issue design language. If the Submariner is the iconic luxury diver of the modern era, then the SBSA109 is the affordable quintessential. Staying through to its undisputed "starter" watch for every budding mechanical watch collector. And that's what makes it so desirable even for seasoned watch collectors. Well known for its robust built and classic design.

The 140th Anniversary edition runs on the ever-reliable Seiko's in-house caliber 4R36 automatic movement. This long-awaited upgrade features hacking and hand-winding capabilities, which were much desired by many Seiko fanatics as the Seiko SKX007 utilized the caliber 7S26, which was lacking in these aspects. The 24 jewel movement has a beat rate of 21,600 beats per hour with a power reserve of about 40 hours. Additionally, the movement houses a date and day calendar at the 3 o'clock position.

Seiko's satin brush and high polished finishing

The case dimensions remain unchanged from the line, imbuing a 42.5mm case diameter and a thickness of 13.4mm. The watch wears compact and smaller than its diameter suggests due to the stubby lugs measuring a mere 46mm from lug to lug, allowing for a comfortable fit for a wide range of wrist sizes. Even though this new lineup drops the ISO certification and 200m of water resistance present in its predecessor, the watch still holds a water resistance of 100m which still provides ample protection against splashes.

Finishing is meticulously executed with good contrast between satin brushing on the top of the lugs and a high polish on the side of the case. The satin brushing carries down to the supplied 22mm stainless steel bracelet, which features a tri-fold push-button deployant clasp that holds the watch securely on the wrist. One of the subtle but significant upgrades from the SKX007 is the addition of drilled lug holes, allowing the bracelet to be conveniently swapped out to your favorite choice of straps with ease.

Unquestionably, the main attraction lies within the textured dial and the bezel. The beautiful geometric dial is done in stark white, joined harmoniously with its white hour markers and minute rehaut. It distills a peaceful, calming zen-like feeling that adheres to Japan's spirit. And as the white dial is a Seiko mantra, it does instill a luxurious sense despite its diver aesthetics. Contrasting well with the white dial is the navy blue hue radiating from its bezel and handsets - both are done and outline with the color, respectively.

Seiko's proprietary LumiBrite

Aesthetics aside, This is still a proper tool watch, where the Indices and hands are coated with Seiko's proprietary Lumibrite luminous paint, widely recognized to glow like a torch in the dark. Protecting the dial is Seiko's proprietary Hardlex crystal with an anti-reflective coating. The 120-click steel bezel inserts function perfectly for elapsed time reading by professionals. Its markers are engraved with white paint, while the surrounds are done with circular texture - a genuinely unique and creative choice by Seiko that compliments the overall theme of the watch.

The revamp of the Seiko 5 lineup definitely brings excitement for those who are yearning for an affordable, entirely in-house automatic watch with a wide variety of designs to choose from. And the SBSA109 anniversary edition proudly joins the collection. The combination of a classic Seiko diver design, traditional watchmaking heritage, and a stylish appeal makes the Seiko 5 Sports an excellent daily companion that matches your own unique style. Along with the celebration of more than a century of watchmaking for Seiko, the legacy of the famed SKX007 is preserved in this new Seiko 5 lineup - a perfect value-driven choice for new or seasoned Seiko enthusiasts.

Specifications

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Maker
Seiko Japan
icon-movement
Movement
Caliber 4R36
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Dial
White with applied luminous indexes
icon-luminous
Luminous
Lumibrite
icon-calendar
Calender
3 O'clock (self-selectable)
icon-case
Case
Stainless steel
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Crown type
Push-pull
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Lug width
22mm
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Crystal material
Hardlex
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Strap
Stainless steel
icon-water_resistance
Water resistance
100m
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Dimensions
42.5mm in diameter, 13.4mm thick