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  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
  • Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
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Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014

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Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014

In late 2019 Seiko discreetly launched a fire collaboration with a repute Japanese Retailer for their 35th Anniversary celebration. They were vintage-inspired field watch (Ref. SZSB006) and a dress one (Ref. SZSB007). The latter model has inspired a whole new collection in Seiko's collection in 2020. The main aspects of this range reflect how Seiko took the design from the coveted SARB line, upgrading them in terms of the new case geometry and dial layout. Today, we shall take a look at the latest Seiko Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014.


Seiko Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014
First off, the Seiko Spirit Automatic Classics a JDM model made available only in Japan. This JDM is denoted with the "MADE IN JAPAN" at 6 on the dial. And the good news is that we at Gnomon provide these JDMs Seiko timepieces, including the latest model, for all of you... The difference might be subtle, but this means a lot for Seiko collectors.

At first sight, the 100m water-resistant, 40mm stainless steel case of the Seiko Spirit Automatic Classic reminisces the previous SARB character, but it begs to differ. The case has been sharpened, quite literally, with a more dynamic profile shown through its case middle and thicker bezel. Further, Seiko manages the lugs to lugs distance at 48mm and a height of mere 12mm, lending a balanced overall when one strapped it on the wrist. The 2mm increased from the previous SARB line allows it to have more presence, allowing to appreciate the more exceptional multi-finished case done in both satin-brushed and high polishing. The mirror-polished case band and bezel contrasted cleanly with its satin case top, which creates a pleasant case profile.


Text fonts derived from the previous Spirit SARB line

Another distinctive feature of the Spirit Automatic Classic got to be its "eagle's beak" crown guard that flanges the knurled crown. The curving lugs have gentle curves towards the wrist, and it ends flush with the screw-in case-back. Oh, we have to mention that Seiko nails the drilled lug holes straight out of the park here, allowing the wearer to swap out its current strap for any of their choice (as long as its 20mm).

Right underneath its first-of-its-kind domed Hardlex crystal is where the Seiko Spirit Automatic Classic shines eminently. The SZSB014 features an almost identical appeal of the Grand Seiko Quartz Ref.SBGX269, with the design taken from the Automatic Ref.309. From the signature gold applied metallic markers and handset on its black dial, to the framed date display with the large fonts. Without further ado, let's dive into them.


"Eagle's beak" crown guard

Starting from the markers, a total of twelves facet gold-tone blocks applied onto its no-nonsense black dial, where the ones at 12, 3, 6, and 9 got double. All of them have high polishing, which almost feels like those on the GS. They produced an excellent lustre when lights hit on each marker, further to be complemented with its double matching gold facet handset, with one side in bright polished and satin-brushed on the other, all these in the name of Seiko's finesse. To a greater extent, both the applied gold indices and handset are polished individually by hand to a high standard, using the same GS Zaratsu polishing technique.

As we mentioned earlier, the date display has the beautiful "GS" fat fonts in white with a black background that blends in with the whole dial. With that, the numbers will always fill up nicely within its metallic frame, again that is done in gold-tone.

Whole new case design with eminent finishing
Both the applied "Seiko" logo and the texts on the top and bottom of the dial, respectively, are derives directly with the previous SARB models, which seemingly in continuation with the spirit of its predecessors, apologizing for the pun. Further, the black dial in contrast with the gold elements applied on it really showcases Seiko’s craftsmanship, in results to tightly elevated execution with a pleasant dose of elegance.

Inside the Spirit Automatic Classic, seen through the case-back, exhibits Seiko's original 4R35 automatic caliber. The 4R35 is a direct upgrade for Seiko's long-standing 7S26 movements, with few notable updates. The reliable movement operates at 21,600 BPH (3 Hertz) with hacking and hand winding capabilities. It has 23 jewels with a power reserve of approximately 41 hours through a Spron 110 mainspring.

For a nice finishing touch, the watch comes fitted with a sports steel metal bracelet that gets tapering from lug to clasp, while featuring the satin-brushed finishing on top with polished sides, giving it a versatile look and wear. Strapping it on, deployment clasp is holding it with push-button release.

Seiko's original 4R35 automatic caliber
Priced below $1000, the Seiko Spirit Automatic Classic Magnum Ref. SZSB014 is value for money. It is a good upgrade from the processor with a high level of effort put into its built and finishing, both on the dial and case. If you are looking for an everyday watch that has that will not break the bank and enjoys fine finishing, the new Spirit Automatic Classic is undoubtedly worth considering.

Specifications

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Maker
Seiko Japan
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Movement
Caliber 4R35. Seiko Automatic.
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Accuracy range
+45/-35 sec per day
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Dial
Black with applied indexes
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Luminous
Lumibrite
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Case
Stainless steel
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Bezel
Fixed bezel
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Crown type
Push-in crown
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Lug width
20mm
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Crystal material
Domed Hardlex
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Strap
Stainless steel
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Water resistance
100m
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Dimensions
40mm in diameter, 48mm lug to lug, 12.7mm thick.