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Seiko Unveil Travel Ready 5 Sports GMT SKX Re-Interpretation Collection

The flurry of Seiko releases continues with the new 5 Sports GMT SKX Re-Interpretation. It comes hot on the heels of a range of new Prospex watches like the Heritage Turtle and Hybrid Diver’s. The new watch is a modernisation of the 1990s 5 Sports GMT SKX, which is itself a modernisation of the 1960s 5 Sports GMT, one of the oldest 5 Sports models.

As a GMT, the 5 Sports GMT SKX Re-Interpretation is the only non-diving watch amid Seiko’s new releases. However, it still retains many of the core design elements seen on diving watches, such as the broad bezel, pronounced grip and ultra-legible dial. In fact, the ‘Mikan Orange’ edition SSK005K1 doubles down on its dive watch aesthetic with an orange dial, a colour which is widely regarded as the most readable under water. However, its 42.5mm stainless steel case only has a depth rating of 100m, meaning it’s not really a professional diver.

Seiko 5 Sports GMT SKX Re-interpretation SSK001K1 Black Grape
Seiko 5 Sports GMT SKX Re-interpretation SSK003K1 Blueberry
Seiko 5 Sports GMT SKX Re-interpretation SSK005K1 Mikan Orange

What the watch is, is an attractive and sporty GMT travel companion. The chunky bezel features a 24-hour scale with day/night split colouring that pairs with a central GMT hand to display the time in a second time zone. The aforementioned ‘Mikan Orange’ edition, which is my favourite, has a black and grey bezel, as does the black dialled ‘Black Grape’ SSK001K1. There’s also the ‘Blueberry’ SSK003K1 which has a blue and black bezel to match its blue dial.

Inside, the watch houses the calibre 4R34, an automatic movement with a 41-hour power reserve. Seiko movements never impress to quite the same degree as some higher end brands but that’s to be expected when accessibility is an important factor. And the 5 Sports GMT SKX Re-Interpretation is highly accessible at £400.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Seiko 5 Sports GMT SKX Re-interpretation
  • Ref: SSK001K1 (‘Black Grape’)
    SSK003K1 (‘Blueberry’)
    SSK005K1 (‘Mikan Orange’)
  • Case/dial: 42.5mm diameter x 46mm length x 13.56mm thickness, stainless steel case, black dial, Lumibrite on hands and indexes
  • Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
  • Movement: Calibre 4R34, automatic, 24 jewels
    Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
    Power reserve: 41h
    Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
  • Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with three-fold clasp with secure lock
  • Price/availability: £400, available July 2022

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.