For the First Time Ever, Seiko Revives the SKX Sports Style with a GMT Series
Even with a history that stretches back to the late 1960s, the Seiko 5 Sports collection hasn’t covered all bases, however, that’s all changing. For the first time, a GMT watch has donned the 5 Sports moniker, which includes the GMT functionality for tracking time in multiple time zones simultaneously. Becoming a part of the 5 Sports collection makes the Seiko 5 a great option for the globetrotting, adventure set. And for those looking to make an impression in your travels, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
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The Seiko 5 Sports GMT comes in three dial colours: black, dark blue, and pumpkin orange, with the watch featuring a separate GMT hand for telling the secondary time. Look closely at the bezel and you’ll find a two-tone design that helps you tell the difference between daylight and nighttime hours. For the black and blue dials, Seiko offers GMT hands in bright red and for the orange, the hand is done in black. The hands, as well as the indices and hour and minute hands, are all coated in Lumibrite, and there is a date window at 3 o’clock (a magnifying lens in the crystal helps with legibility of the date window).
The final note of these handsome watches is the five-row stainless steel bracelet—a design you might recognise from the SKX. On the back of the watch, you’ll see all the inner workings thanks to the see-through case back. Here you’ll find the automatic winding 4R34 movement, Seiko’s innovative calibre created specifically for the 5 Sports GMT that offers a 41-hour power reserve. Using this movement required a slightly thicker case—just 0.1mm thicker, however, the 5 Sports GMTs are also water resistant up to 100 meters, so you won’t have to worry when your travels take you to the beaches of the world.
The basic 5 Sports models ring in at under $300, so given the extra functionality of the 5 Sports GMT, you can expect to pay a bit more. For this first-time 5 Sports GMT you can expect to shell out around $475.
SKX Sports Style GMT Series Specs
Movement: Calibre 4R34
Vibrations: 21,600 vibrations per hour (6 beats per second)
Power reserve: 41 hours
Number of jewels: 24
Case: Stainless steel case and bracelet
Water resistance: 10 bar
Magnetic resistance: 4,800 A/m