Seiko Sarb065 aka Cocktail Time – Review

Today, I decided to show you a watch that I received from my wife for my 38th birthday 2 and a half years ago now.

We will begin by briefly presenting the story of Seiko. Why briefly? Because Seiko’s story is so rich that I would have to write an encyclopedia.

Year 1881, Kintaro Hattori opens a selling and repairing watches and clocks in Ginza, Tokyo. 11 years later he founded the “Seikosha” factory and started to produce wall clocks.

Kintaro Hattori (credit: seikowatches.com)

In Japanese Seiko means “exquisiste”, “minute” or “success” and “sha” means house.

In 1895 Seikosha builds the first pocket watch, the timekeeper. In 1929, Seiko pocket watch is appointed as Japan National Railway’s official “Railway Watch”.

First pocket watch (credit: seikowatches.com)

The first Grand Seiko watch was launched on 1960. A small team of Seiko’s most experienced and skilled watchmaker were entrusted with the task of making the best best watch of which they were capable.

First Grand Seiko (credit: seikowatches.com)

In 1965, Seiko produced the first Japanese diver’s watch. Seiko’s and Japan’s first ever diver’s watch was made in 1965 at a time when watches with high levels of water resistance were not widely available. It incorporated an automatic mechanical caliber and delivered 150m water resistance.In july 2017 a reedition, the limited edition SLA017 (2000ex), was released.

On December 25, 1969, Seiko introduced the first quartz watch, the Seiko Quartz Astron. The accuracy was within 5 seconds a months and ran continuously for a year and so, the quartz revolution had begun

Seiko Quartz Astron (credit: seikowatches.com)

The 80’s was quite a creative time for the Seiko’s engineers with the world’s first TV watch, the first voice recording watch “Voice Note”, world’s first watch with computer funtions “UC-2000” and the first Kinetic watch in 1988.

In 1999, Seiko introduced the Spring Drive, a spring-driven mechanical watch with quartz accuracy! Sprind Drive is a technology, it replaces the traditional escapement by a totally new regulator that delivers silent and smooth glide motion hands and accuracy of one second a day.

First Spring Drive (credit: seikowatches.com)

And I could still continue hours writing about Seiko’s history and the importance of this brand in the history of watchmarking.

So now, let’s concentrate us on the watch itself

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This watch earned its nickname of “Cocktail Time” because of the collaboration between SEIKO and Shinobu Ishigaki (http://ishinohana.com), one of Japan’s top bartenders. He designed three models based on Cocktail series.

The case diameter is 40mm with a lugs to lugs distance of 47mm. The case thickness is about 13mm.

It’s really a watch that is relatively present on the wrist but who knows how to be very discreet!

The case is polished with very well drawn curves which makes the watch fits perfectly on the wrist. A crown signed with the S of Seiko is placed at the traditional 3 o’clock position. The watch is 50 meter water resistant which is a very good point for a dress watch

A scratch resistant Hardlex crystal is used along with an exhibition back that allows you to view the movement in action.

The watch is powered by the premium Seiko 6R15. Seiko caliber 6R15 basically adds hand winding and hacking mechanism to 7S26. It operates with 23 jewels, beats at 21,600 vph and holds magnificent 50 hours of power reserve with +25/-15 sec/day, which makes it quite a premium workforce. It is just a step below “high-beat” movements, but has greater power reserves and a great accuracy (compared to the “high beat” calibers) due to its Spron 510 mainspring.

The 6R15 movement (credit: seikowatches)

The dial is really the focus point of the watch and is so eye-catching. The radiant texture goes from a cold gray to an amazing gray blue variation is really amazing. Seiko did a fantastic job by making this dial.
The indexes and hands are a reference in this price range and the work done on them is simply exceptional. The Seiko logo is applied while the rest of the literature is printed on the dial.

Last but not least the blue second hand is just popping up to give the dial a great touch of colors!!

The black leather strap has a deployant clasp for quick on and off. The quality of the straps is definitely below average and needs imho to be replaced asap. It should be easy as the watch can be described as a strap monster. From black to brown leather, from perlon straps to nato straps, the Sarb065 will accomodate all kind of straps and be your daily watch for sure.

The SARB065 is a truly excellent watch, and it’s one that I’d recommend to nearly anyone. It’s sized perfectly for most wrists, and on the wrist, it’s an eye-catching and timeless addition. 

Watch Features:

  • Movement: Seiko 23-Jewel 6R15 Caliber Automatic (self-winding, hand winding, hacks)
  • Case: Polished finish stainless steel, 40mm diameter x 13mm thick
  • Lug to lug: 47mm
  • Band width: 20mm
  • Back: Exhibition screw-in back
  • Crystal: Hardlex
  • Band: Black leather strap with a deployant clasp. 20mm lug.
  • Water Resistant: 50 meters
  • Warranty: 2 Years