Several months ago, my girlfriend and I SCUBA dove in Hawai’i; and, we saw our first sea turtle together.
It was an amazing experience, and the expression the sea turtle gave us was comical — similar to the picture, supra, as if to say, Hmm! Lowly Land-dwelling Tourists — hurry up; take your picture; I have to go — I’m very busy.
When we got back on land, we jumped on a helo to Kau’i and visited a wildlife reserve, and it had five massive tortoises, like the one in this picture, supra.
I am an animal lover — I love all animals: land, sea, and air. Each of them play an important role in our world to keep the balance and harmony of nature in tact.
So, when Seiko came out with their Turtle line, well that was just the bees-knees for me!
I am a huge fan of the Seiko Turtle Diver 6309-7040, hereinafter, Seiko Turtle Diver. I stumbled upon it in ~1983 when I shopping at the Post Exchange (PX) in the Presidio of San Francisco. I had to hold it when I saw it; so, when Annie, the salesperson, took it out from the showcase and handed it to me. The moment I held it in my hand and wrapped it to my wrist, I had to purchase it — and that I did.
No other manufacturer designs this type of case — it is Seiko’s unique design and model, engineered for comfort when placed upon the wrist of the owner.
Although it is bulky and hefty, the Seiko Turtle Diver, is very comfortable due to the ergonomic engineering minds of Seiko’s designers.
The Seiko Turtle Diver is a divers wrist timepiece; and, the reason the wrist timepiece is called a Turtle, is the design of the wrist timepiece’s casing — it resembles a sea turtle’s shell when viewed from above.
I like the boldness of the markers and hands of the Seiko Turtle Diver. When I SCUBA dove in Monterey, CA, one day, it was really murky and turbulent. Visibility was cut down, but my Seiko Turtle Diver’s face still blasted through the murky water to give me one crucial information: time.
I like the screw-down-crown located at the 1600 hours position of the case.
I like the brushed finish above the shoulders, and the polished finish on the sides of the case.
I like the rear casing.
Seiko Turtle Diver is so unique and successful it’s been around since the 1960s…I think — anyway, it’s been around for a long time; and, it is a perfect example of a product wearing well through time due to its well-engineered function and design.
The Seiko Turtle Diver design is still being used today with Seiko’s present-day divers.
The Seiko Turtle Diver’s DNA, through Darwinism, made it to land with the arrival of the Seiko Tortoise Prospex: SRPG13, hereinafter, the Seiko Tortoise, which is a field and navigational wrist timepiece that extends the Seiko Turtle’s presence from the depths of the ocean to the highest mountain peak one can venture.
Like the analogy given to the Seiko Turtle Diver resembling a sea turtle, the same analogy was given to its land dwelling counterpart, the tortoise, en re, the Seiko Tortoise.
The Seiko Tortoise has the same physical characteristics as its sea dwelling counterpart: the turtle casing, the screw-down-crown, and its water resistant rating.
Though, the Seiko Tortoise possesses some characteristics exclusive to itself:
- Sapphire Crystal
- Air-to-Ground Communications Legend
- Compass Bezel
So, while the features of the Seiko Turtle Diver and Seiko Tortoise are similar, their existence and purpose on earth are different.
The Seiko Tortoise is a field wrist timepiece designed for navigation and that’s demonstrated by its compass bezel to help you get pointed in the right heading. Though, through improvising, I use the compass bezel to measure lapsed time.
The Seiko Turtle Diver measures lapsed time to help you get back to the top for air.
On a side note, my Seiko Pogue Chronograph Automatic 6139-6005, which is one of the first wrist timepieces to make it to space, and one of the first successful automatic chronographs in the market, kinda has a slight resemblance to the Seiko Turtle Diver’s DNA — yeah?
Okay, back to the Seiko Tortoise…the other appealing feature of the Seiko Tortoise is its price-point…at just under $400, you get a true field wrist timepiece with tools to help navigate you on land: compass and air-to-ground legend to communicate with aircrafts flying overhead.
A lot of competitors’ field wrist timepieces just tells time in an A-11-style dial. They don’t have a screw-down-crown, sapphire crystal, and only has water resistant ratings at 30 Metres or 100 Metres. At times, these field wrist timepieces hit the $500+ mark.
When you consider all the stuff you get from the Seiko Tortoise, it’s a worthwhile proposition…unless, of course, the A-11-style is your reason for your purchase, which, in-and-of-itself, is a major selling point — it is a cool look, which is the reason I have one.
If my budget was for one wrist timepiece at this price point, I would go with the Seiko Tortoise. I just dig everything about the Tortoise. Remember, it is not considered and A-11-style field wrist timepiece; hence, it will not meet your collection requirement if you’re looking for an A-11-style wrist timepiece.
If you’re looking for a wrist timepiece, as a first time buyer, I recommend checking out Seiko; they have a vast array of quality products, ranging at different price levels: affordable, expensive, and luxury.
You can’t go wrong with Seiko; because, you are getting a wrist timepiece from a historical company that has a legacy of years upon years of manufacturing and designing wrist timepieces; you’re getting movements from the Japanese Grand Masters; and, those movements are equal to or better and more accurate than Swiss movements; and, you can get ownership without having to spend tons of money; or, if you have tons of money, you can get into the Seiko Luxury Line, Grand Seiko.
You can proudly live and die with one Seiko on your wrist.
I’m confident you will most likely find a design and model you will like at a price point you can afford; and, it might end up being worth more than you paid as time passes, such as my Seiko Turtle Diver.
Here is a link to the history of Seiko: Seiko Heritage.
Here is a link to my Seiko Pogue Chronograph Automatic 6139-6005: Seiko Pogue.
Here is a link to my Seiko Turtle Diver 6309-7040: Seiko Turtle Diver.
Here is a link to my Seiko Tortoise ProSpex SRPG13: Seiko Tortoise.
Here is a link to my master watch technician: Alan: United Watch Services.
/s/ Alfonso Faustino