The coolest watches are all about unexpected dial details. Sometimes these can be subtle, other times less so, but they usually have one thing in common: a price that will make you regret buying Bitcoin in 2016. numbers. In common watch parlance (and somewhat counterintuitive), “Arabic” numerals typically refer to your standard numbers 1 through 12 (which, along with Roman numerals, are the most common format for watches). Every now and then, however, a watchmaker decides to come up with a special version that has numbers in another language – in this case, Arabic – and when they do, people tend to notice it.
It all started, as so many horological stories do, with Rolex, which began making Arabic dial watches in extremely limited quantities for the Middle Eastern market in the 1950s. Not surprisingly, these watches have since become extremely collectable, so much so that when Rolex released a new, limited-edition Arabic-dial version of the Day-Date in 2016, Jay-Z and Mark Wahlberg – whose watch collections need little presentation – were among the them first to get their hands on it. More recently, TAG Heuer introduced a limited edition Arabic script of its classic Carrera chronograph (don’t look for it in the retail trade, like most Arabic script dials from luxury brands, it sold out almost immediately) .
Which brings us to the only Arab sundial that goes against the trend of depleting university funds: the $ 160 Seiko 5 SNKP21J1, which offers maximum style (and collector’s credibility) with a minimum budget. Seiko’s Arabic dial is not perfect (Jay’s Rolex also has the day of the week and date in Arabic, while Seiko’s date function reverts to conventional numbers) but that seems like a minor compromise, considering the discount you get on a piece. major geekery.
It’s been around – and is widely available online – since at least 2017, so it’s not exactly another drop either, but given the enthusiasm we’re seeing these days for Arabian dials from luxury brands. , we think it will not stay. long under the radar.
The Seiko 5 family already has a dedicated clientele of collectors who appreciate its versatile design and reliable mechanical movement, not to mention its ultra-affordable price. In the case of this particular Seiko 5, however, you get all that design, performance, and value, plus one of watchmaking’s rarest dial formats, all for just $ 160. You don’t need to understand how blockchain works to see the value of this proposition.