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Seiko Spirit Power Design Project Solar Radio Clock SBPG001 Men's Watch Japan import


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  • Case Size: 30mm × 42mm
  • Water resistant 10bar
  • Accessories: Instruction Manual Manufacturer Warranty Dedicated Box
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Brand Name Spirit
Model number SBPG001
Part Number SBPG001
Display Type Digital
Case Diameter 30 millimetres
Case Thickness 1 centimetres
Band Width 26 millimetres

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Has been working as a designer proposes a new style of Seiko watches, "Seiko Power Design Project" in the appeared the second part of the new Standard Series capped a previous announcement. Welcome to the Project Director Naoto Fukasawa, and finished in a unique work. "Standard" ultimate in charm, digital solar radio-station reception 5. Japan (2 stations), USA, UK radio stations can be received well in Germany. Features World Time (32 cities) Stopwatch function (a total of 10 hours measured 1 / 100 second) Alarm (daily alarm 3ch) Made in China Paneraito function Timer function Water resistant 10bar

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A laudable return to the LCD fold - but could easily have been even better 27 Jan 2013
By Dave Matthews - Published on Amazon.com
Although Casio and Timex have continued to offer digital watches throughout the years, Seiko's commitment to the technology diminished drastically as fashions changed in the 1990s. This was a huge shame because throughout the preceding two decades it built up a reputation for high-quality, long-lasting LCD timepieces. Vast numbers of them surviving in fully functioning order today is testament to that. A certain well-known auction website trades dozens of them every day and often for three-figure sums - amazing for technology that is over thirty years old. Perhaps it's this nostalgia that has prompted Seiko to dabble in the market again...

There are, however, some notable differences with this revival. As technological advances drove miniaturisation in the 1970s, the watches became slimmer and lighter. The SBPG001 (and the other similar models in this new range) is the opposite. Its large face, considerable bulk and thick, heavy bracelet reflect current fashion but actually hark back to the LED-based watches of the early 1970s.

On the other hand, Seiko has imbued the model with some modern features, most notably the built-in receiver for atomic clock signals which not only negates the need to manually adjust the watch but keeps it accurate to the milli-second.

The bracelet is high-quality and comes with enough (easily-removable) links to fit the beefiest of wrists. (I'm of average build and had to remove four of 'em!). But the clasp relies entirely on a perpendicularly-mounted pin which I wonder may be vulnerable to being snapped off accidentally or simply through age.

You'll certainly need to have a good thumb through the user manual - which is very comprehensive and reasonably well-written - before delving into the functionality. It isn't terribly intuitive straight out of the box but using most of its functionality will become second nature after a few days.

The dual-timezone functionality - useful for those working for international companies - is excellent, covering all 32 zones. As you scroll through them - backwards or forwards - the watch displays the three-letter International Airport Code of a major city in that zone (eg "NYC" for New York). The current times for "home" and the selected other zone can be displayed together and even switched around - the latter capability is useful if you are on holiday abroad and want to call home at a convenient time.

Atomic clock synchronisation signals can be picked up in western & central USA, south-west Canada, the UK, western Europe and Japan. (The rest of the world essentially has no chance, unfortunately. It's surprising to be well into the 21st century and yet have such a paucity of transmitters.) Synchronisation occurs automatically overnight but can also be manually invoked if desired. Here in the UK I've found reception of the signal to be very reliable provided one keeps the watch stock still during the process. The user guide suggests placing the watch by a window but I haven't found this necessary.

Some people have complained that the watch does not automatically enable or disable Daylight Saving Time, despite this flag being included in the atomic time signal. Seiko's reasoning here seems to be that given a single transmitter can be picked up by multiple countries, you may be in a territory that eventually decides to no longer observe DST - indeed there is much political debate about it in some areas of the world. Either way the watch is easy to manually activate/deactivate DST.

There are three alarms, all based on the "home" time. However each rings for just ten seconds and is not particularly loud - some of my vintage Seikos are far better in both respects. I'm not a heavy sleeper but wouldn't trust this watch to wake me.

On the subject of audio signals, there is no on-the-hour chime - a bizarre omission for any digital watch made after 1977! Even stranger when one considers that the user can configure the watch to beep on button presses.

The stopwatch runs to a meagre ten hours and then stops dead. I'd have preferred it to have simply "recycled" from zero.

The countdown timer can be set in minute intervals up to ten hours. It usefully accompanies the final five seconds with beeps.

Oddly, as pointed out in the user guide, the watch cannot receive the atomic clock radio signals when either the stopwatch or countdown are in use.

In the alarm and countdown functions, set-up is made more efficient through the ability to increase or decrease the digits representing the hours and minutes - a thoughtful addition whose lack was a nuisance on most digital watches of the 70s and 80s.

The watch's solar cell recharges well under natural. Enabling the power saving function will cause shutdown of the display if the watch is starved of light for four hours.

Finally, the display contrast can be changed (though most will find the default setting ideal anyway) and the soft-blue backlight illuminates more than adequately without dazzling the user.

+ Excellent, traditional display complemented by well-judged illumination
+ Stacks of useful functionality
+ Automatic time synchronisation for countries that can receive the signals.
+ Can accommodate a very wide range of wrists sizes.
+ Light cells appear to work well in recharging the battery.

- Alarm too soft and rings for too short a period
- No hourly chime(??!!)
- Stopwatch and countdown functions have surprisingly limited timespans
- Clasp design seems vulnerable to breakage.

Other reviews here proclaim "The Perfect Watch" and "This watch has it all!". As we have seen, such accolades are hyperbole. Indeed of the more traditional features, most of my 30-year-old Seiko, Casio and Beltime models beat this revival model by a considerable margin. Flaws, shortcomings and strange omissions aside, however, it is to be hoped that Seiko will build on this range's strengths.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The perfect watch! 24 Aug 2012
By Beach Boy 9999 - Published on Amazon.com
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This watch is great, has the typical retro-look from the 1980's but features modern technology!
Very well built, as you would expect it from Seiko! The radiowave feature works well, the solar panel around the display keeps the battery charged. The alarm is loud enough to wake me up, no hourly signal tough.
Also, the manual states that the watch will not automatically switch between daylight savings time and normal time (even when receiving the signal) which is strange as all other radio controlled watches perform the one-hour change automatically when in "Auto DST mode". Oh well, I can live with the fact that I have to change the DST mode twice a year.
Case and bracelet are made from stainless steel, the bracelet links are solid and it's quality matches certain overpriced, Swiss prestige watch brands, each link has a replaceable pin so the bracelet is repairable if necessary. The crystal is mineral. The display is big and "clean", not cluttered with unnecessary symbols.

February, 05 2013 - Follow up:

I still love this watch, the time sync function works actually better than my radio-controlled Casio G-Shock!
The battery is always fully charged (I live in sunny California), the alarm and timer functions have proven to be very useful in daily life. I keep good care of it so the watch still looks like new. The size is so perfect, the bracelet feels nice on my wrist. In my opinion, this is one of the best watches which easily beats functionality and accuracy of over-priced luxury watches! Even though the japanese module was cased in China, you still can feel the legendary Seiko quality!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This watch has it all! 13 Oct 2012
By Michael S. - Published on Amazon.com
It's been my experience that after someone invents perfection someone else wants to improve on it. I have a Casio watch that has all of these features (Model WV-300) but I've always had a soft spot in my heart for the Seiko brand. When I saw this advertisement I knew I has to have this watch. Seiko seems to be aligning themselves with Casio because their new watches have to have a bunch of unnecessary do-dads on the face which detracts from the main display, and they are both going back to analog display. But this watch is still available from some merchants on eBay for about $325USD so if you hurry you might be able to pick one up before they are all gone.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Watch.. 18 July 2012
By Joey.M - Published on Amazon.com
This watch is a really unique design with the solar radio wave system from Japan. This watch is really recommended to have it on your wrist.
Very good except for non auto DST adjust 13 Dec 2013
By qualquan - Published on Amazon.com
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Everything is very good in this all metal watch. It looks and is "expensively heavy". But one has to manually adjust for DST!!
The much cheaper Casios adjust automatically.
One other point: It does not continuously show the year as my cheaper Casio does.
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