The Seiko 2nd Generation Orange Monster (SRP309K1) is a utilitarian automatic watch that is hackable and windable.
- Hackable means the second hand stops when the crown is fully pulled out. It is useful for setting a more precise time.
- Windable means the watch is a manual wind-up watch. It can be charged by pulling the crown out and rotating it clockwise.
This watch was an impulse buy. It was purchased sight unseen! There was an online sale at amazon.ca for CAD$231.23 with free shipping.
Based on the photos, I thought the Seiko 2nd Generation Orange Monster looked great!
At first glance, it seemed garish. However, the watch design seemed instantly practical and utilitarian. First, an orange background greatly improved and increased contrast between the needle hands and time indices. Second, the rotating bezel included large bold minute markings. Third, the hour indices were marked by large shark like teeth, and minute indices were marked by black lines which also increased contrast and readability. Finally, the minute and hour hand were tooth like and bold. Overall the design was minimal and uncluttered.
The first label I look for with Seiko automatic watches is “Kinetic”. In other words, a battery reserve to store the excess energy for 6 months. Unfortunately this watch lacked the label and associated features.
Fortunately, there were three other features to make this watch attractive. First, there was a “DIVER’S 200m” label which means it is ISO-certified. It is a dive watch, and can withstand the outdoor elements. Second, it is an automatic watch with a manual winding mechanism. It may not have a battery reserve like the “Kinetic” watches, but it can easily and quickly be charged up via the manual wind-up feature. Third, LumiBrite luminous paint marks the indices and outline the needles. It is non-radioactive, charges quickly, and glows for hours in the dark. In my opinion, those three features added lots of value to the watch.
Product In Hand
After receiving the Orange Monster there was no disappointment. The watch looked better in person as the orange was brighter looking.
The stainless steel bracelet was very comfortable and featured a double clasp system to lock it in place. In addition, it felt solid and durable. The metal bracelet, though overshadowed by the watch, was a nice surprise. More expensive watches should have bracelets like this!
The bezel was thick, grooved, and only rotated counter-clockwise.
The crown was large with a knurled pattern for improved grip.
In the end, the Orange Monster felt incredibly solid, durable, and comfortable.
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5
For CAD$231.23 the Seiko 2nd Generation Orange Monster Watch (SRP309K1) was priced cheaply and correctly. It was more expensive than the Seiko “5” line, but cheaper then the “Kinetic” line. However, it had a unique design and features to distinguish it from those watches.
In the end, it is a highly readable, reliable, and durable automatic watch for less than $250. It is hard to criticize or find fault at this price point. As a result, the watch is highly recommended.