Seiko SARB035 Review

Seiko SARB035 Review – White Version Of The Popular SARB033

The White Seiko SARB035 Review

In this article, I’m going to write about Seiko SARB035 review, which is the white version of the highly popular Seiko SARB033. The Seiko SARB series of watches is one of the watch world little known secret. High quality automatic wrist watch with exquisite fit and finish, gorgeously designed but comes at an unbelievably affordable middle price range.

And that’s just what the Seiko SARB035 is – a good looking dress watch, with quality case craftsmanship and the robust 6R15 automatic movement. And all of these in  an affordable price range, much cheaper than what the Swiss will charge for the same quality of watch =)

Without further ado, let’s look a the Seiko SARB035 review and you guys will surely understand why I give it such good words.

 

Seiko SARB035 Review

Seiko SARB035 Specification

Diameter: 38 mm
Thickness: 11.2 mm
Lug To Lug Width: 45 mm
Lug Width: 20 mm
Case: Polished and brushed stainless steel
Strap: Stainless steel braclet

Dial: Creamy white dial with date display
Watch Crystal: Sapphire crystal
Hands: Dauphine hands with lume
Markers: Index markers with lume

Movement: Seiko Caliber 6R15 automatic self-wind movement
Movement Specification: 23 Jewels, 21,600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second, Manual wind, Hacking feature
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Accuracy: +25-15 seconds per day

Water Resistance: 100 m or 330 feet
Other Features: Date display at 3 o’clock, Exhibition caseback, Non-screw down crown, Luminous hands and markers

Where To Buy: Amazon

 

Before we get into it, let me give some primer on what the “SARB” actually means. If you’re in a hurry, you can skip this part to go to the main review.

 

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Seiko SARB Series

The SARB, SARG, SARX series are highly unknown in the world of watchmaking, and for good reason. Seiko are a very  productive company with thousands of models. It’s a good thing but when some of their products are quite similar to each other, it’s quite hard to differentiate which is which.

They are very popular with their Seiko 5s models – very cheap automatic watches, cheap quartz models and their top of the line Grand Seiko (will set you more than $5000 a piece). But the middle range watches are largely absent from our mind and eyes though.

And this is what the SARB line is: the middle range watches from Seiko. Typically priced at $300 to $500, they are the highly regarded for their crisp and detail craftsmanship (on both dial and case). Not to mention it’s also very good looking and have the robust 6R15 in-house automatic movement by Seiko.

Some people even went so far as to say the SARB models can even beat Swiss watches double their price! Now that’s a huge good value for money. Just take a look at two other models that I’ve reviewed (SARB033 and SARB016 Cocktail Time) and I’m sure you will agree to this.

Another Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) Watch

A big reason why they are not popular is because they are JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) models, meaning Seiko only produces these watches to be sold in Japan. Now that’s a big loss to us right?

I really don’t know what they are thinking. If they will just flood the whole market with SARBs helped by some aggressive marketing, Seiko would be far more successful worldwide not just for cheap watches, but also for automatics and collectors worthy watches. Just like the Quartz revolution, Swiss brands will be wiped out completely again (at least the lower priced ones…).

Fortunately, the advent of online shopping has made it easier to buy stuffs from other countries. Because of this, the SARB models are more accessible than before to every Seiko fans all over the world.

 

Seiko SARB035 Review

 

The SARB is not the only model line up by the Japanese brand that isn’t marketed worldwide. The SARG (such as the simplistic beauty SARG009),  SARX (e.g the matrix looking SARX015) and some Seiko Perspex diver’s watches are exclusively made for Japan market only.

Seiko SARB033 Is Simple But Has Highly Detailed And Elegant Dial

The Seiko SARB035 has a traditional and classic look in its dial. It’s very simple, clean and not cluttered – perfect for those that prefer a watch like this. But despite that, it has the elegance and sharpness to it, contributed by the clean cut stainless steel dauphine hands and index markers.

The dial is white with a subtle hint of yellow-cream colors. I really love how pretty the dial color is. It got a brightness and the creamy color is very pleasing to the eyes.

The hands are sharp, with lume applied on top of it. Same as the index markers, a bit of lume is applied at the end pointing towards the center of the watch. The use of lume makes the watch usable in dark, and a bit sporty with more casual look.

I also really like how the index markers got some little ridge at the center. This detail adds some texture to an otherwise boring markers. Minute markings are placed at the edge of the dial for accurate time reading while date display is positioned at 3 o’clock.

 

Seiko SARB035 Review - Lume

Lume shot of the Seiko SARB035. Nothing to shout about the lume but it give a bit of practicality in low light situations

 

What I love the most about the SARB035 (and also SARB033) is the sapphire crystal. I’ve talked in length about various watch crystals and how sapphire is the best to keep off any scratch from your watch glass.

So it’s very nice to see Seiko moves away from their Hardlex crystal (which is still a mineral crystal that can be scratched easily) to the more expensive but undoubtedly superior sapphire crystal.

Overall, the dial is very gorgeous to look at, thanks to the beautiful application of cream white color on top of it as well as the laser cut hands and markers. It’s very simple and elegant to look at. Very dressy but also a bit casual look due to some lume on it.

Baby Grand Seiko?

Again, like the Seiko SARB033, the SARB035 watch also borrows inspiration from the Grand Seiko which is a very beautiful watches. Don’t believe me? Take a look below:

 

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 White- similar to SARB035

Shown above is the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat, a very beautiful watch by Seiko. It’s less sporty and more dressy to me though – there is no lume and the lugs are straighter than the Seiko SARB035. Nevertheless, the similarity in the dial design is very prominent until it is being dubbed “baby Grand Seiko”.

 

Beautifully Crafted Stainless Steel Case

The 38 mm diameter stainless steel case of the Seiko SARB035 is beautifully crafted, and very sturdy to hold too. It has an 11.2 mm thickness with lug to lug width of 45 mm. The lug width is a 20 mm, and fits a stainless steel bracelet.

The big and wide lugs are curving downwards, as if to hold the wrist in place. This gives it a very unique look and sleek looking. It’s also very comfortable to wear too!

A very astonishing fact about the watch case is how the detailing and finish is done. Seiko makes the top of the lug brushed, while the top of bezel and sides of the watch highly polished. The multi-layered brushing and polishing finish of the case is very pretty, not to mention how detail the craftsmanship of these Japanese are.

Adds on with a nicely done Seiko “S” engraving on top of the non-screw down crown, this is a watch with very high level of detailing done by the watchmaker.

 

Seiko SARB035 Review Lug

Just like the SARB033, the lug of this Seiko SARB035 also is curving down to hug our wrists for more comfort and greater fit

 

The big lug makes the watch a bit more sporty though. It’s not a totally sleek dress watch, but a hybrid which is very good as people can use this watch for almost all function and events.

To make it sweeter, the watch also comes with 100 m water resistance and an open caseback to view the automatic movement from the back.

To sum it up, the watch case is a product of great craftsmanship with beautiful and detailed finishing. For this price, it’s totally unbeaten.

 

Seiko SARB035 Review open caseback

Exhibition caseback of the Seiko SARB035 features an un-decorated Seiko Caliber 6R15 automatic self wind movement

Seiko Cal. 6R15 Automatic Self Wind Movement

The automatic movement inside this watch is Seiko’s own in-house movement, the 6R15 caliber. It’s the middle range automatic movement by the company and is typically used in their SARB line. A great thing about this movement is that it is also used in Seiko’s mid-range diver watches.

That shows how robust and tough the movement is. If it’s good enough to be fitted into a watch that’s designed to be used in rough condition, I’m definitely sure it will be up to task with the more mild environment that future SARB035 will use it for.

The movement has 23 jewels with 21,600 vibrations per hour or 6 beats per second. It’s a slower beat movement than most Swiss watches that usually comes with 8 beats per second. This results in it having a less smooth sweeping second hand compared to the Swiss.

But on the other hand, this lower beat movement gives it a higher power reserve (50 hours – compared to 38-40 hours of Swiss ETAs) and a longer service period.

It also comes with manual winding and hacking features, which are very helpful (and some sort of compulsory for any movement in this modern age).

Side by side comparison of the SARB035 (top) and SARB033 (bottom)

Seiko SARB035 Vs SARB033

So which one is better – the SARB035 or the SARB033? The match up between these two “twins” cannot be avoided. This is a very common questions among watch lovers and the comparison that I have written below is my personal view of both watches. If you guys  don’t agree with it, feel free to let me know in the comments section below =)

Both of the watches are basically the same. The internal working mechanism and case construction is totally alike. But it’s apparent the only difference between these two watches are the colors of the dial.

The SARB033 is the one with black dial while SARB035 has a white creamy dial. All others (case, dimensions, hands, markers, movement) are basically the same.

In my opinion, the white dial of SARB035 is dressier while the SARB033 with black dial is more versatile and can be used in more casual places. Not to mention how sharp the SARB033 with black dial looks. It’s just truly amazing and so elegant.

This by no means the SARB035 is inferior though. It is the dressier watch of the two and I really like how the white creamy dial and the stainless steel markers/hands just sort of blend in with the dial. It reminds me of another great dress watch which is the Tissot Visodate.

To sum it up, SARB035 is dressier and will do much better in black tie events and such. But for versatility of use and style, it is the win of SARB033 and its sharp black dial.

What do you guys think about these two watches? Do you agree with me? Let me know what you guys think by commenting below.

 


Above is an excellent side by side video comparison of both watches.

 

 Seiko SARB033 (Black Dial) Seiko SARB035 (White Dial)

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As a JDM watch, it is hard to get a hold of it unless you are buying from internet. But being a JDM watch also has its perks – there is a high chance that you are the only one wearing it in your town. The only way to get your hand on a JDM watch is by going to Japan to buy it yourselves, or buy from a reputable online store.

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SARY055 – A Cheaper Version Of SARB035

If you like the SARB but feel it’s a bit expensive, you might want to check out the Seiko SARY055 (I’ve written a review of the watch HERE) for less than $300. It also is a dress watch, in fact it’s a truer dress watch than the SARB since it does not have any lume on it.

The dial is also white in color, with sunburst metallic effect on it. Not only that, it also has day date window which gives a great functionality as compared to the SARB035 that only has date window.

 

Seiko SARY055 watch face

Seiko SARY055 – the cheaper version of SARB035

 SEIKO SARY055

The SARY055 and SARB035 also differ in watch size. While the SARB is a more classic size, the SARY055 is more modern at 41 mm which also makes it more casual watch.

So why the difference in price between these two watches?

The answer lies in the 4R36 movement inside the SARY. While it’s a good movement, it’s still not up to the 6R15 in the SARB. It also only 41 hours power reserve compared to the 50 hours in the 6R15.

And of course, the finishing on the SARY055 is not as good as on the SARB035.

 >> For More Info, read my full review of the Seiko SARY055 HERE

 

Conclusion

An absolutely gorgeous watch. That’s my personal view of the Seiko SARB035 and I’m sure many will definitely agree with me. What more can be said of the captivating creamy white, simply stunning dial design. It’s really great to look at, just like the Grand Seiko look that it’s based on.

The case is meticulously fabricated with inter-layering of brushed and polished finished. The dedication to detail for this watch is really outstanding, and put forth again the high quality craftsmanship of the Japanese.

 

 

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Cheers!
Isaac

21 thoughts on “Seiko SARB035 Review – White Version Of The Popular SARB033”

  1. You definitely go into detail n this Seiko watch. It is really clean looking for sure. I actually prefer the black dial if I was going to pick. The white dial is still nice too.

    Interesting how it is 6 beats so I would be curious to see in person a comparison to the Swiss with their 8 beats. I might have to get one just to see.

    Thanks for explaining so much I don’t think you missed anything in my opinion.

    Reply
    • Thanks for reading buddy. In my honest opinion, normal people won’t be able to tell the difference between 6 and 8 beats. I’ve done this a few times and I still can’t figure out the difference. Perhaps a slo-mo video will do the trick. But a 6 vs 10 beats is another story though =)

  2. Thanks Isaac for your Seiko site. I’m a Seiko fan, I look elsewhere but always seem to come back to Seiko and now find I have four of them!

    I am considering a SARBO35 which I note has been out some few years (I don’t rush into these things!) and notice that this model is listed as discontinued, and on sale while stocks last. Do you know what it’s replacement will be and anything about it!

    Regards,
    Jan

    Reply
    • Hi Jan. Yeah I can relate to you bro. The attractiveness about Seikos is how their watches are have very good value for money compared to other brands. And the models are such real beauty too.

      I believe the SARB035 is still on sale buddy. Just click on the links to Amazon.com above and you’ll notice the watches are still available though it can be sold out depending on the availability. If that’s the case, then just wait for a few days for the supplier to restock.

      Or if you can’t wait for Amazon, do check other online watch shops such as Longislandwatches.com or seiyajapan.com to see if the watch is available.

      Cheers!

    • Got the black over 2 years ago, and just recently bit the bullet and ordered the white SARB035 on Amazon.ca too (can’t wait to get my hands on it!). I wear my SARB033 far more often than my other more expensive watches, plus it’s also the watch my wife tells me looks the best on me (it’s her favourite). My SARB033 is very elegant, with a clean no non-sense uncluttered dial that goes well in any occasion. Highly recommend the SARB033, and now I hope too the SARB035 as well.

  3. Thanks for a thorough and well-written review. In terms of differences and similarities between the SARB035 and the SARY055, I noticed that you state the latter is antimagnetic. As far as I can tell, you do not mention that the SARB035 has this useful property. I don’t think I understand why this should be so—the pieces seem similar in terms of case construction and quality. Can you confirm that the watches are indeed different in this regard? Antimagnetic protection seems like a valuable detail and might make me gravitate towards the cheaper model.

    Regards

    Reply
    • Hi Eirik. Many thanks for pointing this out. Yes, the SARB035 does has an anti-magnetic case (as stated in Seiko’s website HERE).

      Again, many thanks for pointing this buddy. Cheers!

  4. Your review is excellent and in depth.I like the pictures.That really helps to show the difference between the different models.You have made it easy to see the quality of the product. If I were in the market for a watch I would certainly find this helpful. What about womens watches?
    Lulu

    Reply
    • Hi Lulu. Many thanks for visiting my site. Unfortunately I don’t think Seiko releases a watch such as the SARB035 for women… there are on a tighter budget than the Swiss so this could be one of the reasons.

      Let me know if I can help you with other things.

      Cheers!

    • Hi:
      Most people are not happy with the accuracy of the watch +- .15 to .25 second per day.
      What you think ?
      Thank you

    • Yes, in terms of convenience, automatic watches (not just the SARB035 or SARY055 here), have the disadvantage of not being accurate.

      I too, once were very particular about my watch’s accuracy and tried to improve it (manual winding everyday, auto winder, keeping it face up on flat surface, etc etc.). But I found that all of these concerns took away my appreciation of what the watch is truly is, so much so I can’t enjoy it to the fullest.

      Now, I don’t really care about accuracy though I do keep my auto watch within a few minutes accurate. Since I’m always carrying my phone, it’s not a big deal for me as I can always depend on the phone as a backup.

      I cannot say for others, but I believe the usage of watch have changed drastically with the ubiquitous use of smartphones. Before, we rely solely on our watches to tell time. Now, our phones can do that (which is even more accurate than the most expensive watch). With that, the accuracy on an automatic watch is not really relevant, unless we are doing some activities that require precise timekeeping such as diving etc.

  5. It is, by all means a really fine watch. I am just not a fan of automatic watches. it looks like a hassle to me (i actually never owned one, but i did give them as a gift to my family members and they loved it) Maybe i am still under impression of one watch that could barely make it overnight when was placed to a stand still on the table. I hope this one has more “energy”? how long can it work without moving?

    Reply
    • Hi Bob. This Seiko SARB035 has 50 hours power reserve, or a little bit more than 2 days.

      Well I actually has the same perspective about watches, that is until i found them not that much work to use. We might need to use them often or else they will drop dead but we can also manually wind them to recharge without having to wear them.

      But if you really want a hassle-free watch, I’d suggest you take a look at solar powered watches. Quartz and solar means very accurate and no battery change in its lifetime. You can have a look at some of the best solar watches by Citizen such as the beautiful Eco-Drive Titanium or sporty Eco-Drive Blue Angels.

      Cheers!

  6. Hey Isaac,

    I just saved your website to my favorites. I’ve been collecting Seiko’ for years. I just purchased the Seiko SARB035 and can’t wait for it to get here. Automatic watches are my favorite but I’ll buy just about any Seiko. Are there any new Seiko’ on the horizon?

    Jack

    Reply
    • Hi Jack. I’m happy to meet a fellow Seiko fan =). I’m sure the SARB035 will serve you well buddy.

      Unfortunately, I don’t hear any concrete news about new Seikos on the horizon. There are some talks that Seiko will replace the SARB065 (cocktail time) with other models, but there is nothing official from them yet as far as I know. Worry not, I’ll make sure to post about it here if I heard anything.

      Cheers!

  7. Great site. You certainly know your way around watches. I have a citizen eco drive that was given to me a couple of years ago for Christmas and I love it. The next time I find myself in the market for a watch I will check out your page first to see what the latest options are and to find reviews about them.

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  8. I have the SARB035 and absolutely love it. From the feel and look of the watch, to the workmanship and attention to detail, this is one fine timepiece.

    I also own the SARB017, which is quite different, but also exceptional. Congratulations to Seiko for two great watches, and to you for your comprehensive reviews.

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  9. I simply adore dress watches that are simple and elegant. I personally have a ball that is not too fanciful that goes well with my shirts but it cost a bomb on me haha.

    This watch reminds me of Rolex date just 2 and it’s impressive that seiko has been pushing watches that is tough and beautiful out at a regular pace. The seiko in house movement is also a world wide trusted movement. For that price tag, this SAR035 is simply lovely.

    Reply
    • Hi Leo. Many thanks for visiting by and dropping your comment here. Yes the SARB035 is a majestic looking watch that surprisingly does not cost a bomb to average guys. And that’s the great thing about Seiko watches in general: good looking watch at low price tags =)

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