It is easy to dismiss this argument as the tendency of most watchmakers at this year’s Baselworld replica watches fair to err on the side of caution when releasing new timepieces.
However, Seiko surely bucked this trend, unveiling quite a few new and exciting timepieces, and surprising the collective horological community with this, the new Seiko SNJ025 Solar ‘Arnie’.
A faithful re-creation of a cult classic, the Seiko H558-5000, the new SNJ025 Solar does a good job of paying homage to the original timepiece that earned its colloquialism as a result of being worn by the one and only former “Governator” of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in several of his biggest hits, most notably Predator.
For a start, the Arnie benefits from a fully automatic calendar accurate to the year 2100, alarm and power saving function, and an LED backlight.
What’s more, as a dedicated dive replica rolex watch, the SNJ025 is capable of 200m (660ft) of water resistance and utilizes a screw-down crown, screw-down case back and unidirectional rotating bezel.
The rugged exterior of the Arnie has surely been made with a hardwearing, go-anywhere philosophy in mind and a black silicone band complements the commanding 47.8mm case’s stainless steel and plastic construction.
Powering the cult wristwatch is Seiko’s dependable and creative H851 Calibre, a solar-powered movement that gives a pretty staggering amount of accuracy – ±15 seconds per month, to be precise.
All in all, the price is very cheap, and if= you’re in the market for an affordable dive watch with a good amount of novelty and heritage, this watch is hard to pass up.