We here at WWR have long been fans of Seiko. Â In fact, our default recommendation, when someone asks for a watch suggestion, is to check out the Seiko Monster line. Â Itâ€™s got classic looks, amazing lume, and the robustness that a dive watch brings to the table. Â Now, if you ever wondered what would happen if the Monster got into body building, well, wonder no more, as theÂ Seiko SRPA83 seems to answer that question.
Yes, I know, theÂ Seiko SRPA83 is more commonly referred to as the Tuna, or Tuna Can, given the shroud around the watch. Â When I opened up the box, though, I could not help but to be reminded of my lowly first-gen Monster. Â Sure, the dial and bezel arenâ€™t exactly the same, but thereâ€™s enough of a similarity that I took to calling this watch the Monster Tuna.
Seiko, of course, doesnâ€™t mess around with names like that, and sticks with theÂ Seiko SRPA83. Â What differentiates this model from other, similar, Tunas would be the logo signing the dial down there at 6 oâ€™clock – PADI, which stands for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Â What this brings to the table is a rather lovely blue and red color scheme that matches the PADI logo, as well as the feeling that, well, I shouldnâ€™t be the one wearing this watch.
You see, with most dive watches, Iâ€™m totally ok with wearing, as they are more of a tool watch that happens to have some amazing water resistance and legibility. Â With this special-editionÂ Seiko SRPA83, though, this one feels different. Â With a 50mm case and the shroud around the case and bezel, this really seems like itâ€™s meant for more than desk diving. Â And add in the PADI association, and well, Iâ€™m just a poser flaunting this Monster Tuna.
As a non-diver, though, thereâ€™s still plenty to dig about the watch. Â The dial is hard to describe, as itâ€™s sort of a sunburst degrade dial, with lighter and darker shades of blue. Â In fact, the blue is throughout this watch, from the dial to the polished ceramic bezel, the shroud, and even the silicone strap. Â The strap is another indicator that this is a watch meant for diving. Â I donâ€™t feel I have particularly small wrists, by any means, but this is a giant strap. Â Once fit so the watch wouldnâ€™t slip around (and yeah, a 50mm steel case wants to move if it can) I had a decent tail sticking up. Â If it were canvas, itâ€™s enough youâ€™d try to tuck it back into the keeper. Â Which means, along with the ripples in the strap, this is meant to be placed over the sleeve of a wetsuit – not necessarily under a shirt cuff.
That said, you can fit theÂ Seiko SRPA83 under a cuff, but just bear in mind it is a big watch, so youâ€™ll need to choose your shirt wisely. Â For it’s size, though, it fits to the wrist quite superbly, due to the curving on the case sides and the dishing on the caseback. Â Even so, this is not one I tried to wear with a suit. Some divers you can, but this is not one for that. Â Instead, this is an office and weekends sort of a watch. Â At least for us desk divers. For the true divers out there, this is quite likely something that would be a nice backup to your dive computer.
If you canâ€™t tell from this review, theÂ Seiko SRPA83 is one I am conflicted about. Â On one hand, I really dig the Seiko aesthetic – particularly in tool watches – and have long been a fan of their dive watches. Â With the Monster Tuna, though, this is a watch I kind of feel bad wearing. Â I mean, yes, itâ€™s a watch, and it does itâ€™s job keeping time and telling you the date. Â At the end of the day, though, I feel that heÂ Seiko SRPA83 is meant for something more than being an oversized statement piece for desk diving. Â This is a watch that seems built for adventure in and around the waters. Â So, if you do pick one up for $795, do us (and the watch) a solid, and take it out into the world. Â seikousa.com
- Brand & Model: Seiko SRPA83 (aka the Monster Tuna)
- Price: Â $795
- Whoâ€™s it for? Youâ€™re a diver, and are looking for a way to fly your PADI association while adventuring around
- Would I wear it? No – this is a watch meant for more than desk diving
- What I would change: I wouldnâ€™t mind seeing a bit of a curve to that crystal
- The best thing about it: For me, itâ€™s the through-and-through blue
Tech Specs from Seiko
- PADI Special Edition
- Hand and automatic winding capabilities
- 21,600 vibrations per hour
- Power reserve: approximately 41 hours
- 24 jewels
- Day/Date calendar
- Screwdown crown and caseback
- One way rotating elapsed timing bezel
- LumiBrite hands and markers
- 50.0mm diameter
- Water Resistance: Diver’s Watch to 200 meters (660 feet). Meets ISO standards and is suitable for scuba diving.
- Caliber 4R36
- Stainless steel and ceramic case
- Silicone strap
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