Seiko Prospex Automatic 23 Jewels Japan Made SRPA73 SRPA73J1 SRPA73J Men’s Watch is part of the less common but equally interesting Prospex Land collection and is new. It takes the popular “land explorer” look and whinge it up with a polished advanced design, great legibility, and a solid movement.
The Seiko Prospex Automatic 23 Jewels Japan Made SRPA73 (and its variant cousin models) all have internal rotating bezels with compass markers on them. This function, when combined with a view of the sun, allows you to know the compass directions. The dial is aviator style, and the case is chunky and water resistant to 100m. Land watches are sort of a formal mountaineering watch, and there is certainly a market for that. I really like to think of them as a type of hybrid sport watch which combines call of various types of timepiece themes, but isn’t wholly any one of them. Accordingly, if you read thoroughly Seiko’s Prospex watch collections you’ll see the biggest number of models in the “Sea” family, a bit less in the “Sky” family, and the least number of models in the “Land” family. My final note on that will be reminding you of what Mens Seiko Watches themselves say about the purpose of their Prospex Land models and that is; “For any person challenging the vast earth, a reliable partner with expert knowledge is essential.
The case is 42mm wide in steel, with one version coming in an entirely black-coated model. The Seiko Prospex Automatic 23 Jewels Japan Made SPRA73 comes on a matching steel bracelet and with a black-coated steel bezel that acts to visually increase the size of the dial. The case manages to have 100m of water resistance without a screw-down crown either. Seiko has always had a good ability to make a bracelet both inexpensive and solid-feeling – which is a tough thing to do. Little features such as the micro-adjust holes on the folding and locking deployant clasp allow for a comfortable fit – a staple of any Seiko Prospex watch wearing experience.
A separate crown is used to control the internal rotating navigational bezel. It moves freely without any clicks, which is common for navigational bezels. Seiko does a good job of making the turning feel as high-end as possible. The appeal of the Seiko Prospex Fieldmaster Lowercase Special Edition Men’s Watch isn’t that vague however. It wins when it comes to being an attractive tool watch with a handsome look and a really fair price. The straight-forward and legible design will appeal to many people wanting a solid, traditional, high-value-for-money timepiece without any unnecessary decorative frills.
Bottom line: The simplicity is what makes it work – at least from what I can tell from pictures. The thoughtful details as mentioned before help make this a real looker.
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