I don’t have a Seiko Spring Drive yet, but I hope to get my hands on one fairly soon. The biggest reason for my procrastination is that, as usual, Seiko is saving all their most interesting Spring Drive models for Japan (like the Marinemaster GMT Spring Drive). I took a look at the Seiko US Spring Drive site the other day, however, and discovered a few new models since the last time I checked including the white dial SNR007 and the black dial SNR009. They look more or less like their predecessors, the SNR001 and SNR005, with the exception of a 24-hour hand.
Features of the Seiko GMT Spring Drive SNR007 and SNR009 include:
- Spring Drive technology.
- GMT, or 24-hour hand, to keep time in a second time zone.
- 72-hour power reserve.
- Stainless steel case and bracelet.
- Sapphire crystal (with anti-reflective coating).
- See-through sapphire caseback.
- Water-resistant to 10 bar (100 meters, or about 330 feet).
The US Spring Drive collection is getting more interesting, but I’m not ready to pull the trigger yet. If Seiko introduces a Spring Drive diver in the US, though, I’ll be the first in line. Maybe we’ll see some interesting announcements at Baselworld 2007.
By Christian Cantrell