The Seiko Samurai is a much-beloved diver in the Seiko lineup. It first surfaced in 2004, where it earned its nickname from Seiko enthusiasts because of the sword-shaped hands. The hands have changed over the years, but the nickname has remained. We like the distinctive PADI-styled SRPF09, but this popular watch is still available in a number of colorways so you are sure to find one you like.
The case on this popular Siko diver looks like it was carved by a Samurai sword. The angular lugs are striking, but also very practical because it makes the lug to lug distance more manageable than you might think. That said, this is not a small watch. At 44mm you are assured of some wrist presence when you put this watch on but don’t dismiss it as too big for your wrist until you try one on. You might be surprised by how well it wears and by how easy it is to adjust with that oversized, knurled crown at the three o’clock position.
The texture on the dial of the Seiko Samurai will vary depending on the model you buy. Some have stripes, some have a waffle dial, while others, like this PADI version, have a distinctive wave pattern. The hands are trademark Samurai hands with a stubby arrow-shaped hour hand and a long sword-shaped minute hand. The indices, as well as the hands, are filled with generous amounts of Seiko’s LumiBrite, and the single date window at the three o’clock position is balanced symmetrically with the 9 o’clock marker on the opposite side. It is a very legible and recognizable dial.
- Case Size: 44mm
- Case Thickness: 12mm
- Lug to Lug: 47.5mm
- Strap width: 22mm
- Movement: Seiko 4R35 Automatic
- Power Reserve: 41 hours
- Water Resistance: 200m
- Crystal: Hardlex
The automatic movement at the heart of the Samurai is Seiko’s venerable 4R35. It’s a proven workhorse and one that you can depend upon for accuracy and reliability. The 41-hour power reserve will almost last the weekend if you leave it in your watch box, but why would you? This watch is a true all-rounder that would look equally at home in the office as it would on your couch.
Video Review of the Seiko Samurai
Seiko is a Japanese watch manufacturer that dates back to 1881, when a 21-year-old entrepreneur, Kintaro Hattori, opened a shop selling and repairing watches and clocks in central Tokyo. Seiko led the watch industry with several innovative designs, including the first mass-produced quartz watch, the first quartz chronograph, and the first automatic quartz watch. Today, they continue to produce high-quality watches that appeal to a broad range of watch collectors. Learn more here.