Seiko SARB035 Review: Silver Japanese-Automatic Watch

The Seiko SARB035 is a gorgeous dress watch that is robust enough to wear every day,

Seiko SARB035 in the Sunlight. The watch is suitable can be dressed up or down. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mujitra/ MIKI Yoshihito on Flickr
Seiko SARB035 in the Sunlight. The watch is suitable to be dressed up or down.

Everyone looking for an elegant, good-looking, and reliable timepiece should give this Seiko SARB035 a serious look.

It’s been around for some time and appeals to both the young and old. The Seiko SARB watches were originally released for the Japanese domestic market.

It’s a favorite pick for first-time watch owners, enthusiasts, and collectors as well. With its clean and classic lines and analog display, and without the hefty price tag, the SARB035 is sometimes referred to as the “Baby Grand Seiko.”

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Origin of the Watch

In this Seiko SARB035 review, we will look at the things that make it tick.

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Seiko SARB035 Specification Summary

  • Automatic Movement with 50-hour power reserve
  • Sapphire Crystal; Do not leave the watch in a place where the temperature drops below 5°C (41°F) or rises above 35°C (95°F) for a long time.
  • Japanese-automatic Movement
  • Model Year: 2008
  • Display Type: Analog
  • Calendar: Date Window
  • Dial Window: Crystal Sapphire
  • Band Color: Silver
  • Dial Color: Ivory – off white, described as beige, cream, or ivory
  • Water Resistant to 100 m (330 ft)
  • Band Width: 20mm
  • Case Diameter: 38.4 mm
  • Case Thickness: 11.2 mm
  • Lug Width: 20mm
  • Lug to Lug Width: 45mm
  • Band Length: Men’s Standard
  • Clasp: Push button deployment clasp
  • Hour Markers: Lines

Nice Looking Off-White Dial

Seiko took a bold step in using a cream dial alongside a silver case. (The SARB033 model, now no longer available, had a black dial.)

The two colors seem very similar to each other. However, reading the time is easy with this watch. The hands are luminous and there are luminous dots at all of the hour markers.

The silver indices and bold hour tick marks are visible even in bright lights, and on sunny days, even with some glare.

The face is also large enough to accommodate the markers, hands, Seiko name, Logo, and Automatic 23 jewels text.

You also find a simple date/calendar window adjacent to the 3 o’clock marker.

The cream dial comes in a matte and plain finish. This brings out the simplicity and classic elegance.

Seiko SARB035 closeup Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mujitra/ Miki Yoshihito on Flickr
Closeup of the stunning Seiko SARB035. Notice the ivory dial with date window.

Seiko SARB035 Caliber

One thing this watch is well known for is its good timekeeping. The hands move swiftly without hanging or skipping.

They are also flawless, courtesy of the 21,600 beats per minute. Together with the 23 jewels, the watch does run accurately. This is due to the 6r15 movement, a caliber that was first introduced in 2005, has been used widely, and is known as one of the best Seiko watch movements.

According to official data, it has a margin of error of -15/ + 25 seconds in a day. This isn’t bad for an automatic watch.

Various Watch Movements. The Seiko SARB035 uses the 6415 movement, and the caliber is visible through the back of the watch.
Many Watch Movements. The Seiko SARB035 uses the 6415 movement, and the caliber is visible through the back of the watch.

And with a power reserve of as long as 50 hours, it can last for a long time before needing to be worn or wound.

The watch gets its power automatically – from movement made by you, the wearer. However, It is also a hacking watch and can be wound.

The mechanism was fully designed by Seiko and has proven to be among the most reliable from the watch maker.

Simple Stainless Steel Bracelet and Clasp

The timepiece comes with an oyster-perpetual style metal bracelet, which is loved for its traditional aspect.

And like the case, it’s made of stainless steel. It is highly polished for a more refined look and has smooth edges.

There are no sharp edges. It does not feel rough on your wrist, and does not dig into or pinch the skin.

The band is has a width is 20mm, which is flexible for quick wearing and removal.

It is secured on the hand via a polished stainless steel push-button clasp.

One unique feature of the clasp is the Seiko logo, which is quite evident.

Seiko Dream Square in Seiko's founding home of Ginza Tokyo. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mujitra/ on Flickr
Seiko Dream Square in Seiko’s founding home of Ginza Tokyo

Appearance and Construction

We give Seiko a thumbs up for going the sapphire way in regards to the face.

As you may already know, the crystal sapphire material is much harder and tougher than the common mineral or acrylic. It also handles vibrations, scratches, chips, and bangs better.

The only downside of the Seiko SARB035 is that it’s a little bit more expensive than the other quartz watches.

This, however, compared to other Seiko timepiece because it is among the most affordable watches.

The face is round and has a flat shape, which seems less voluminous or bulky than the curved option.

On the opposite side of the clear glass is a see-through case back. This is an excellent feature because it gives you clear views of the watch’s Japanese automatic movement.

This 100m water resistance category makes the Seiko SARB035 suitable for swimming and snorkeling.

Our Verdict

Looks elegant and classy. It’s shiny, well designed with intricate details, and fits nicely on the wrist.

Besides its relatively large nature and stainless steel case, it does not feel too bulky or too heavy. The 50-hour power reserve accuracy is among its strong selling points. It is also considered to be one of the more affordable watches in the market.

This is without question among the best watches from Seiko and in the market too. Highly recommended for collectors and fellow enthusiasts.